Zooey Deschanel, born on January 17, 1980, is an American actress, model, singer, and songwriter. She made her film debut in the film “Mumford” (1999). Deschanel is most recognized for her deadpan performances in comedies like”The Good Girl” (2002) and “Our Idiot Brother” (2011). Deschanel played Jessica Day on the Fox sitcom “New Girl” from 2011 to 2018, for which she was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award and three Golden Globe Awards. Let’s make a toast to this star right here!
Zooey Claire Deschanel was born on January 17, 1980, in Los Angeles, California, to Caleb and Mary Jo Deschanel. Her older sister, Emily Deschanel, is also an actress. Deschanel went to Crossroads High School in Santa Monica, California. She studied for nine months at Northwestern University before dropping out to pursue acting and attended the French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts after deciding to pursue a career in musical theater. Deschanel began her acting career as a guest star on the television show “Veronica’s Closet” and starred in the film “Mumford” in 1999. She was also cast in The Offspring’s ‘She’s Got Issues’ music video the same year and played various supporting roles in various films over the next two years, including “Manic” and “The Good Girl.”
Deschanel appeared in an episode of the 10th season of “Frasier” in 2002, starred in the box office success “Elf” in 2003, and sang the song ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ for the film. She worked in the movie “Winter Passing,” which used her piano song ‘Bittersuite’ as the music. In 2005, Deschanel starred as Trillian in the film adaptation of Douglas Adams’ science fiction novel “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.” A year later, she collaborated with M. Ward on his debut album, “She & Him.” The following year, they released their debut album, “Volume One.” Deschanel was cast in one of her most successful films to date, “(500) Days of Summer,” in 2009 and contributed to the film’s soundtrack. Deschanel hosted an episode of “Saturday Night Live” in February 2012.
In December 2008, Deschanel became engaged to musician Ben Gibbard. On September 19, 2009, they got married. Two years later, on November 1, they announced their separation, and Deschanel filed for divorce on December 27, 2011, which was finalized on December 12, 2012. She confirmed her engagement to film producer Jacob Pechenik in January 2015, and they married in June 2015. They have two children: Elsie Otter and Charlie Wolf. The couple announced their separation in September 2019, and their divorce was finalized on June 1, 2020. Not long after, Deschanel started dating Jonathan Scott, whom she met while filming an episode of “Carpool Karaoke: The Series” in August 2019.
Deschanel lands her first guest role in “Veronica’s Closet,” a television show.
Deschanel makes her film debut in Lawrence Kasdan's comedy “Mumford.”
Deschanel gets her first leading role in the independent drama “All the Real Girls.”
Deschanel teams up with M. Ward to release their debut album, “Volume One.”
Deschanel, producer Sophia Rossi, and writer Molly McAleer start an entertainment website geared toward women.
Deschanel gets nominated for Best Song Written for Visual Media for "Winnie the Pooh."
Why We Love Zooey Deschanel
She’s got show-business blood
Deschanel’s mother is a well-known actress, while her father is an Oscar-winning cinematographer. Emily, her sister, is also an actress who stars in the hit T.V. show "Bones." If that isn't the definition of an all-star family, we don't know what is!
She’s super talented
Deschanel’s not only a fantastic actress, but she also has some serious pipes. Her music and videos are as quirky and adorable as she is, and she has a silky, jazzy voice that you could listen to for hours!
Her sense of style
Deschanel’s look is reminiscent of retro, both on and off camera. It’s a breath of fresh air!
5 Surprising Facts
She was named after Zooey Glass
In J.D. Salinger's 1961 novella "Franny and Zooey," Glass is the male protagonist.
She is a talented tap dancer
Deschanel took tap dancing lessons for six years.
She is a fan of Ella Fitzgerald
Ella Fitzgerald is one of Deschanel’s all-time favorite singers because of her raspy voice.
She has food allergies
Deschanel is allergic to eggs, dairy, and wheat gluten.
Her B.F.F. is Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Gordon-Levitt, Deschanel’s co-star in “500 Days of Summer,” is her real-life B.F.F.
Zooey Deschanel FAQs
Are Zooey Deschanel and Hannah Simone friends?
With the way Deschanel spoke about Simone in 2017, it certainly appears that the two are friends.
Did Megan Fox and Zooey Deschanel get along?
Happily, the pair seem to be, at the very least, friendly, if not B.F.F.s.
Are Zooey Deschanel’s eyes blue?
Yes. Her eyes are blue.
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