In an interview with Emily Deschanel, Conan O’Brien asked whether she and her younger sister, Zooey, were competitive growing up together, considering they’re acting on the same TV network.

“Well we get along very well now,” Emily said slyly. “I would kind of torture her. I was the older sister, and it was just the two of us. So I would play mental games with her. My favorite one was where I would tell her that I was from Neptune (that I was Neptunian) and I’d killed her sister, taken over her body, and I was going to kill her next.”

I’d expect no less from the woman who has become, at least for me, the living embodiment of Temperance “Bones” Brennan on FOX’s nearly decade-old crime comedy-drama “Bones.” The eldest Deschanel debuted in 2005 as the brilliant, highly rational and sometimes cold anthropologist, who works with her sexy FBI sidekick to solve crime murders in the D.C. area.

Her partner, Booth, is usually in charge of the more “personal” side of cases, like talking with mourning families. Bones, on the other hand, scorns relationships and cuts the crap when it comes to feelings, a sore subject between the two. Once, exasperated with her hyper-realism, Booth snapped, “Hey, you know what, you really need to learn how to speak to human beings.” Predictably, Dr. Brennan retorted, “I speak six languages, two of which you’ve never heard of.”

Now let’s take Emily Deschanel’s character and imagine Brennan’s complete opposite: a whimsical elementary school teacher who loves children and singing, lives with three male roommates in a quirky LA loft and is looking for love. A girl who says things like, “I know I’m gullible because a lot of people tell me that and I have no reason not to believe them.” Who’s that girl? It’s Jess!

More specifically, it’s Jessica Day, the “adorkable” lead of FOX’s “New Girl,” played by Emily’s four-years-younger sister, Zooey. When Jess’s character was imagined for the sitcom’s premiere in 2011, FOX envisioned a unique female lead who would’ve been a side character in other shows. Zooey, already cast, requested not to be the “classic wife” character, but instead play an exaggerated version of herself: a bumbling dork with unbridled optimism who happily wears her heart on her sleeve. After finding immediate success in 2011, the show is now in its fourth season.

So what is it about these two contrasting doe-eyed LA sisters that’s so remarkable? How are they different from the pale princesses Dakota and Elle Fanning? Or the twin terrors Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen?

It’s because the Deschanels are weird. Like, Neptunian weird. When I first started watching “Bones” in middle school, Emily made plucking eyeballs out of an elevator shaft look cool. Then “New Girl” came along in high school and Zooey called out a judge, saying, “I brake for birds. I have touched glitter in the last 24 hours. And I hate your pantsuit. I wish it had ribbons on it or something to make it just slightly cuter. And that doesn’t mean I’m not smart and tough and strong,” making me suddenly want to pull out my thick glasses again and let down my carefully headbanded bangs.

Bones and Jess may be stark opposites of each other, but they’re similar in their freakiness. Whether they’re alien or Californian, two things are certain: the Deschanel sisters are true to themselves and their TV characters. And they just happen to live in side-by-side set trailers on FOX, plotting their takeover.

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