Zooey Deschanel

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!

Fast Facts

Full Name:

Zooey Claire Deschanel

Birth date:

January 17, 1980

Age:

43

Zodiac Sign:

Capricorn

Height:

5' 6"

Relationship Status:

In a relationship

Net Worth:

$25 million

Zooey's Social Media:

Background

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.

Career timeline

1998
She Makes Her First Television Appearance

Deschanel lands her first guest role in “Veronica’s Closet,” a television show.

1999
She Makes Her Film Debut

Deschanel makes her film debut in Lawrence Kasdan's comedy “Mumford.”

2003
She Lands Her Breakthrough Role

Deschanel gets her first leading role in the independent drama “All the Real Girls.”

2008
She Releases a Debut Album

Deschanel teams up with M. Ward to release their debut album, “Volume One.”

2011
She Launches a Website

Deschanel, producer Sophia Rossi, and writer Molly McAleer start an entertainment website geared toward women.

2012
She Becomes a Grammy Awards Nominee

Deschanel gets nominated for Best Song Written for Visual Media for "Winnie the Pooh."

Why We Love Zooey Deschanel

  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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

  1. She was named after Zooey Glass

    In J.D. Salinger's 1961 novella "Franny and Zooey," Glass is the male protagonist.

  2. She is a talented tap dancer

    Deschanel took tap dancing lessons for six years.

  3. She is a fan of Ella Fitzgerald

    Ella Fitzgerald is one of Deschanel’s all-time favorite singers because of her raspy voice.

  4. She has food allergies

    Deschanel is allergic to eggs, dairy, and wheat gluten.

  5. 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.

Zooey Deschanel’s birthday dates

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