By Sarah Bull

Found a New Girl? Russell Brand is said to have set his sights on actress Zooey Deschanel, sending her 'funny, flirty texts'

He most certainly has a type, if reports are to be believed.

Just months after Russell Brand and Katy Perry announced they were divorcing, the comedian is said to have set his sights on another stunning brunette - who is the spitting image of his estranged wife.

The 36-year-old funnyman is said to be determined to woo New Girl actress Zooey Deschanel, who filed for divorce from her husband Ben Gibbard just three days before Russell and Katy's split announcement.

A source told America's OK! magazine: 'Russell has had his eye on Zooey for a long time. And he's been sending funny, flirty texts to see if they can get together.

'He thinks she's hysterically funny and cute, too. He loves her quirky sense of humor, and thinks they'd be great together both on-and off-screen. There's a real spark there.'

However, while Zooey is said to be 'intrigued' by Russell's interest in her, the insider added: 'But she's heard about his reputation as a womanizer, and isn't sure whether she's ready to rush into another relationship so quickly.'

Happier times: Russell with estranged wife Katy Perry, who looks startlingly similar to Zooey

Zooey is also apparently 'very aware that she looks strikingly similar to Katy and has been mistaken for Katy by fans'.

Asked in a recent interview with Allure magazine if she minded being compared to Katy, Zooey replied: 'No, she's really pretty!'

American actress Zooey, 32, made a name for herself in movies such as Elf, Yes Man and 500 Days Of Summer.

But she has enjoyed something of a career revival of late thanks to her role in hit US TV show New Girl.

Screen star: Zooey has achieved huge success through her role in hit US TV show New Girl

Zooey plays Jess in the programme, a quirky and eccentric teacher who finds herself some new friends after moving in with three male roommates following her split from her boyfriend.

Talking about the show recently, Zooey said that she wants to continue playing Jess 'for ever and ever'.

She added: 'Every time we rehearse, I have a great time because the writing is so good. I felt like they don’t make as many movies now as they used to.

'I know there’s just been a huge change in the movie industry, and I don’t know if I’ve ever read a role this good for myself. So I just had to jump on this opportunity because it’s an amazing one.'

Meanwhile, as Russell is linked to Zooey, Katy is being supported by her ex boyfriend Travie McCoy in the wake of the split.

He is quoted as telling the Daily Mirror: 'There will always be a connection between us. I’ll always be there for her.

'When you’ve been in a relationship like ours, you will always make time for that person.'

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