09/25/2012 02:37 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Zooey Deschanel Reveals Nicole Kidman Stole Her Spotlight On The Emmys Red Carpet (VIDEO)

Zooey Deschanel is known for her quirky and slightly awkward personality, which might explain why she didn't know how to handle the fiasco that is the Emmys red carpet.

The "New Girl" star, who was nominated for Best Actress in a Comedy Series on Sunday night, stopped by "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" Tuesday to discuss her weird encounter with fellow nominee Nicole Kidman and how she managed to look bad while doing something good.

"I got there a little bit late and we had to rush to do stuff and I ended up getting stuck on the red carpet with Nicole Kidman," Deschanel tells Ellen DeGeneres. "[She] came in at the same time and there are all these photographers and they got really confused, so I started seeing cameras go this way and this way and um, she’s a movie star, and I felt like you know, give it up for the movie star!"

That's when, unbeknownst to Deschanel, she was photographed with her hands on her hips, looking miserable. A picture certainly is worth a thousand words.

"I was standing back so they could take Nicole Kidman’s picture and apparently some of these guys were still trying to take a picture of me, even though I clearly [gave up]," she explains, adding of the photos, "That’s the face of someone who has given up."

And funny enough, Deschanel also caused quite the stir when she overreacted to Louis C.K.'s Emmy win for Best Writing for a Comedy. Why was she so excited for Louis' big win? She has no idea.

"I don’t know him!" Deschanel tells DeGeneres, laughing. "I didn’t realize how excited I had gotten until later [when] people started tweeting me that picture. It was just pure unbridled enthusiasm. I'm a fan."

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