By Rose Walano
Mar 20, 2013 @ 11:00 am
Giampaolo Sgura

Zooey Deschanel's on-screen alter-ego, New Girl Jess, was extremely lucky when she took a chance on living with three boys she didn't know—Schmidt (Max Greenfield), Nick (Jake Johnson), and Winston (Lamorne Morris)—and they turned out to be hilarious, insane, and ultimately adorable. And because she spends her nine-to-five as the ultimate roommate with the best roomies, we asked the actress how to find the perfect apartment-sharer. Watch the video above to find out which three questions Deschanel thinks you should always ask before you sign the lease, and pick up InStyle's latest issue, the Annual April Color Issue that Zooey coversor download it to your tablet!—for more of our exclusive interview with the actress.

Plus, see Zooey's best manicures, as chosen by Zooey.