08/05/2013 01:53 pm ET

Zooey Deschanel, 'New Girl' Star, Shares Relationship Advice Learned From Divorce


By all appearances, Zooey Deschanel has moved on from her 2011 split from "Death Cab For Cutie" frontman Ben Gibbard.

She's dating screenwriter Jamie Linden, whom she coupled up with six months after finalizing her divorce and with whom she has two rescue dogs, Dot and Zelda.

What's more, the "New Girl" star covers Marie Claire's September issue and shares some solid relationship advice gleaned from her divorce.

"Whether you're married or not, if you're in a relationship, you have to wake up every day and say, 'I want to stay with this person.' You have to make the commitment every day and every second and every minute," she told the magazine.

And though interviewer George Gurley admits he had a "list" of questions about her boyfriend, Deschanel only offered this: "I will say we got the dogs together, and he loves them very much."

She also addressed the incident of her financial records being publicized after an income and expense declaration was attached to her divorce petition.

"Here's the thing about that," she said. "It is the law that you provide financial records, and they are public record. A lot of people said my lawyer made a mistake, and I want to say that my lawyer is a great lawyer, and he did not make a mistake. It felt weird, but I feel OK about how I've handled my finances. It felt like a violation, but once you get over it, you go, 'Well, if it's out there, it's out there.'"

It's not the first time the actress and singer has opened up about her divorce. Deschanel told Cosmopolitan U.K. in April 2013 that her divorce hasn't stopped her from believing in true love.

“[True love] that lasts forever...yes, I do believe in it," she said. "My parents have been married for 40 years and my grandparents were married for 70 years. I come from a long line of true loves.”

In that same interview, she revealed what she looks for in a mate.

“I’d be more likely to go for somebody who is like me," she said in the interview. "Well, I like creative people, so whatever that means...Yeah, authentic and creative.”

Here's hoping that Linden fits the bill!

Check out photos of Deschanel through the years below.

Zooey Deschanel

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