A close friend of Russell’s claimed that Brand was sending Zooey “funny, flirty texts to see if they can get together.”
"Russell is a big fan of Zooey and would love to work with her in the future. He's been in contact, asking to meet up," an OK! insider said about Russell’s efforts.
"He thinks she's hysterically funny and cute, too. He loves her quirky sense of humor. There seems to be a spark there."
But the New Girl star appeared on The View and put the rumor to rest, saying, “I don’t even know him, by the way.” But you know, that doesn’t necessarily mean anything.
Because I’ve been getting these random texts from an unknown number for the past three months, asking me to bring my “big booty over here 2nite.” So obviously you don’t have to know someone to send them text messages.
Deschanel insists, though: “On the scale of truth and completely preposterous — it’s completely preposterous.”
Zooey split from her husband, Ben Gibbard in November of last year.
"She's still recovering from the breakdown of her own marriage,” a source told OK! magazine.
The star is also apparently "very aware that she looks strikingly similar to Katy and has been mistaken for Katy by fans." When asked in a recent interview if she minded being compared to Katy, Zooey replied, "No, she's really pretty!"