Jan. 17th, 1980
Los Angeles, California, USA
Zooey Deschanel's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2011 - Your Highness
2009 - Days of Summer
2008 - Yes Man
2008 - The Happening
2008 - Gigantic
2007 - Surf's Up
2007 - The Go-Getter
2007 - The Good Life
2007 - Flakes
2007 - Bridge to Terabithia
2007 - The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
2006 - Failure to Launch
2006 - Live Free or Die
2005 - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
2005 - Winter Passing
2003 - All the Real Girls
2003 - Elf
2002 - The Good Girl
2002 - Abandon
2002 - The New Guy
2002 - Big Trouble
2001 - Manic
2000 - Almost Famous
1999 - Mumford
Guest TV Roles
Herself - She & Him
Mary Spuckler (Voiced)
Dream Girl (Voiced)
Herself - Guest
Herself - Guest
Zooey Deschanel (born January 17, 1980) into a showbiz family. Her father, 'Caleb Deschanel' is an Academy Award-nominated cinematographer (perhaps most notably for The Passion of the Christ (2004)) and her mother, 'Mary Jo Deschanel' (nee Weir) is an actress who starred in Twin Peaks (1990).
Driven from an early age to become a successful actress, Deschanel got her big break aged 17 playing a model in TV sitcom Veronica's Closet (1997). She got her first film role the following year in Mumford (1999), which prompted her to quit university to pursue acting full-time. Mostly thanks to a role in 'Cameron Crowe's popular biopic, Almost Famous (2000), Deschanel's rise to fame has been steadily increasing as the 21st century wears on. Her distinctive acting style found her critical acclaim in 2003 when she was voted Best Actress at the Mar Del Plata Film Festival for her role in 'David Gordon Green's All the Real Girls (2003).
Deschanel also gained a Best Female Lead nomination for All the Real Girls (2003) at the following year's Independent Spirit Awards, but lost out to 'Charlize Theron' . Deschanel is often compared to golden era Hollywood starlets and is also a talented singer. She has said in interviews that she believes her singing ability was pivotal in gaining the role of Jovie in Elf (2003). She also sang (and acted) in the Disney-produced musical, Once Upon a Mattress (2005).
- Her last name is pronounced "day-shuh-NELL", with "day" slightly more accented than the middle syllable.
- Turned down a role in _Bully (2001)_ (qv) to star in _Big Trouble (2002)_ (qv).
- Graduated from Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences in Santa Monica.
- She pronounces her name "ZOH-ee" (not "zoo-ee").
- She spent several summers at camp upstate New York at French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts. She was also featured in the video for 'The Offspring' (qv)'s song "She's Got Issues" and the accompanying MTV documentary _The Offspring Complete Music Video Collection (2005) (V)_ (qv). She also plays ukulele for the band 'If All the Stars Were Pretty Babies'.
- Attended Northwestern University for one year, but dropped out.
- Is part of indie duo called 'She and Him' (qv) with 'M. Ward' (qv). Their debut album is called Volume One.
- Engaged to 'Benjamin Gibbard' (qv) of 'Death Cab for Cutie' (qv) (December 2008).