Zooey Deschanel

Actor, Singer
It took little time for actress-singer Zooey Deschanel - a petite and enigmatic beauty - to gain a devoted audience. Taking up acting as a teenager in the late 1990s and moving into prestige projects such as "Almost ... Read more »
Born: 01/16/1980 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (65)

New Girl 1997 - 1998, 2011 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Rock the Kasbah 2015 (Movie)

Ronnie (Actor)

The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Driftless Area 2015 (Movie)

Stella (Actor)

Catch My Disease 2014 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Conan 2011, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

American Dad 2005, 2013 (Tv Show)

Voice

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Late Show With David Letterman 2008, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Guest

Who Do You Think You Are? 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Saturday Night Live 2012 (Tv Show)

Host

Teen Choice 2012 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2011 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 2012 Billboard Music Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Funny or Die Presents... 2009 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Our Idiot Brother 2011 (Movie)

Natalie (Actor)

Your Highness 2011 (Movie)

Belladonna (Actor)

(500) Days of Summer 2009 (Movie)

Summer (Actor)

Bones 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Do It Again 2009 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Gigantic 2009 (Movie)

Harriet Lolly (Actor)

The 51st Annual Grammy Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Top Chef: Masters 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Go-Getter 2008 (Movie)

Kate (Actor)

The Happening 2008 (Movie)

Alma Moore (Actor)

The Simpsons 2008 (Tv Show)

Voice

Tin Man 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Yes Man 2008 (Movie)

Allison (Actor)

Bridge to Terabithia 2007 (Movie)

Ms. Edmonds (Actor)

Flakes 2007 (Movie)

Miss Pussy Katz (Actor)

Live Free or Die 2007 (Movie)

Cheryl (Actor)

Surf's Up 2007 (Movie)

Voice of Lani Aliikai (Actor)

Weeds 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Failure to Launch 2006 (Movie)

Kit (Actor)

The Good Life 2006 (Movie)

Frances (Actor)

Winter Passing 2006 (Movie)

Reese Holdin (Actor)

The Hitchhiker's Guide To the Galaxy 2005 (Movie)

Trillian (Actor)

2004 IFP/Independent Spirit Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Cracking Up 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Eulogy 2004 (Movie)

Kate Collins (Actor)

All the Real Girls 2003 (Movie)

Noel (Actor)

Elf 2003 (Movie)

Jovie (Actor)

Manic 2003 (Movie)

Tracy (Actor)

Abandon 2002 (Movie)

Samantha Harper (Actor)

Big Trouble 2002 (Movie)

Jenny Herk (Actor)

Frasier 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Good Girl 2002 (Movie)

Cheryl (Actor)

The New Guy 2002 (Movie)

Nora (Actor)

Whatever We Do 2002 (Movie)

(Actor)

Sizzlin' Sixteen 2001 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Almost Famous 2000 (Movie)

Anita Miller (Actor)

Mumford 1999 (Movie)

Nessa Watkins (Actor)

Veronica's Closet 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Once Upon a Mattress (TV Show)

Actor

Poliwood (TV Show)

Actor

The Gospel According to Janis (Movie)

Janis Joplin (Actor)

Tin Man (TV Show)

Actor
Music (9)

Winnie the Pooh 2011 (Movie)

("So Long") (Song Performer)

Winnie the Pooh 2011 (Movie)

("So Long") (Song)

Winnie the Pooh 2011 (Movie)

Vocal Performances (Vocals)

Winnie the Pooh 2011 (Movie)

(Theme Song Performer)

Yes Man 2008 (Movie)

"Can't Buy Me Love" (Song Performer)

Yes Man 2008 (Movie)

("Uh-Huh") (Song)

Bridge to Terabithia 2007 (Movie)

"Why Can't We Be Friends" (Song Performer)

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford 2007 (Movie)

("A Bird in a Gilded Cage") (Song Performer)

Elf 2003 (Movie)

("Baby, It's Cold Outside") (Song Performer)

Biography

It took little time for actress-singer Zooey Deschanel - a petite and enigmatic beauty - to gain a devoted audience. Taking up acting as a teenager in the late 1990s and moving into prestige projects such as "Almost Famous" (2000) and "All the Real Girls" (2003), Deschanel's off-beat projections of character made her cast-worthy before the Christmas comedy "Elf" (2003) did the trick. Over the next few years, Deschanel found her niche as a reliable supporting presence in both mainstream and art house works like "Failure to Launch" (2006) and "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" (2007). With the breakout indie hit romance "500 Days of Summer" (2009) opposite Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Deschanel moved from a quirky co-star to an undeniably talented and charming leading lady. Capitalizing on her special brand of geek-chic appeal, she was deemed "adorkable" in the marketing campaign for her well-received sitcom, "New Girl" (Fox, 2011- ). Waiting for Hollywood to gain an appreciation for her appeal, Deschanel's determination to follow her own path paid off with dividends that far exceeded her professional achievements.

Relationships

Emily Deschanel Producer

Sister
Born Oct. 11, 1976; starred on the Fox series "Bones"

Caleb Deschanel Producer

Father
Born in 1944; Academy Award-nominated cinematographer; original member of the American Zoetrope production team along with George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola

Mary Jo Deschanel Producer

Mother
Born in 1945; played Ed Harris' wife in the movie adaptation of "The Right Stuff" (1983)

Ben Gibbard Producer

Husband
Announced engagement December 2008 Married Sept. 19, 2009 Separated Oct. 31, 2011 Deschanel filed for divorce January 2012, citing irreconcilable differences Divorced Dec. 12, 2012

David Hornsby Actor

Brother-In-Law

Jacob Pechenik Actor

Fiance
Began dating in August 2014; first public appearance at 2014 Emmy Awards Announced engagement shortly after Deschanel announced that she was pregnant with their first child.

Jason Schwartzman Actor

Companion
Reportedly dated c. 2003-05 No longer together

EDUCATION

Crossroads

Santa Monica , California
Classmates included Jake Gyllenhaal and Kate Hudson

Northwestern University

Evanston , Illinois
Left after seven months to pursue acting

Milestones

2011

Played Paul Rudd's bisexual hipster sister in "Our Idiot Brother"

2011

Starred as a newly single woman who moves in with three male roommates she meets on Craigslist on the Fox comedy series "New Girl"

2009

Co-starred with Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the romantic comedy "(500) Days of Summer"

2009

Played a quirky rich girl opposite Paul Dano in the independent film "Gigantic"

2008

Collaborated with singer-songwriter M. Ward on her debut album Volume One, recorded under the moniker She & Him

2008

Co-starred with Jim Carrey in "Yes Man"

2008

Appeared with Mark Wahlberg in M. Night Shyamalan's "The Happening"

2007

Cast as DG in "Tin Man" (Sci Fi Channel), a six hour miniseries based on L. Frank Baum's book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

2007

Cast as Robert Ford's (Casey Affleck) girlfriend in "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford"

2006

Played Sarah Jessica Parker's neurotic roommate in "Failure to Launch"

2006

Played Andy Botwin's quirky ex-girlfriend Kat on four episodes of the Showtime series "Weeds"

2005

Starred as Trillian in the big-screen adaptation of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"

2005

Portrayed the daughter of a reclusive novelist (Ed Harris) in "Winter Passing"

2004

Co-starred in the black comedy "Eulogy"

2003

Cast as Will Ferrell's love interest in Jon Favreau's "Elf"

2003

Landed first lead role in "All The Real Girls," playing a virgin who captures the heart of a womanizer; received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Actress

2002

Cast as Jennifer Aniston's cynical co-worker in Miguel Arteta's "The Good Girl"

2001

Formed If All the Stars Were Pretty Babies, a jazz cabaret act with fellow actress Samantha Shelton

2000

Appeared as the protagonist's rebellious older sister in Cameron Crowe's "Almost Famous"

1999

Made film acting debut in Lawrence Kasdan's "Mumford"

1998

Made her TV acting debut on an episode of NBC's "Veronica's Closet"

Played Little Red Riding Hood in the Interact Theater Company's production of the musical "Into the Woods"

Bonus Trivia

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"Part of being an actor is having no fear, or at least having a lot of courage. My only fear is playing the same part over and over again." – Deschanel quoted in Interview magazine, Feb. 2000

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"I do change a lot. And I can look a lot younger or a lot older. I guess that's what a chameleon is. You put it on a branch and it turns brown. You put it on a leaf and it turns green." – Deschanel to Venice magazine, Feb. 2003

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In March 2007, Deschanel contributed vocals to two songs ("Slowly" and "Ask Her To Dance") on the album Nighttiming by Jason Schwartzman's band Coconut Records.

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