Zooey Deschanel

BirthDay:

17 Jan 1980

BirthPlace:

Los Angeles, California, USA

BirthName:

Zooey Claire Deschanel

Bio:

Zooey Deschanel was born in 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 (née Weir), is an actress who appeared in Twin Peaks (1990). Her paternal grandfather was French, and her other roots include English, German, Scottish, Irish, and Dutch.

Driven from an early age to become a successful actress, Zooey got her big break, at age 17, playing a model in the 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), Zooey'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). She 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.

Zooey has appeared in such films as 500 Days of Summer (2009), Our Idiot Brother (2011), Yes Man (2008) (opposite Jim Carrey), Elf (2003) (opposite Will Farrell), Your Highness (2011), The Happening (2008) (opposite Mark Wahlberg), The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005) and is the star of the FOX sitcom, New Girl (2011).

Zooey 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).
Filmography

Actor ( 96 credits )

Trolls (2016) Bridget (voice)
Rock the Kasbah (2015)
The Driftless Area (2015)
The Late Late Show with James Corden (2015)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 2016)
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014)  Herself - Musical Guest (1 episode, 2014)
Late Night with Seth Meyers (2014)  Herself (1 episode, 2014)
Letters to Jackie: Remembering President Kennedy (2013) Herself - Letter Reader
The Arsenio Hall Show (2013)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 2013)
The Hollywood Reporter Roundtables (2013)  Herself (1 episode, 2014)
The Queen Latifah Show (2013)  Herself (1 episode, 2014)
Katie (2012)  Herself (1 episode, 2013)
CBS This Morning (2012)  Herself - Musical Guest (2 episodes, 2014)
Celebrity Style Story (2012)  Herself (1 episode, 2013)
Ben Lee: Catch My Disease (2011) Herself
Your Highness (2011) Belladonna
Our Idiot Brother (2011) Natalie
New Girl (2011)  Jess (72 episodes, 2011-2014)
Red Band Trailer Hosted by Diablo Cody (2011)  Herself - Guest
These Amazing Shadows (2011) Herself
Do It Again (2010) Herself
Sundance Skippy (2010) Herself
Who Do You Think You Are? (2010)  Herself (1 episode, 2013)
Conan (2010)  Herself / ... (5 episodes, 2010-2013)
Funny or Die Presents... (2010)  Mary Todd Lincoln (archive footage) (1 episode, 2010)
Piper's QUICK Picks (2010)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 2011)
(500) Days of Summer (2009) Summer
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2009)  Herself - Guest (3 episodes, 2011-2012)
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien (2009)  Herself (1 episode, 2009)
Top Chef Masters (2009)  Herself (1 episode, 2009)
Yes Man (2008) Allison
The Happening (2008) Alma Moore
Gigantic (2008) Happy Lolly
Spectacle: Elvis Costello with... (2008)  Herself (1 episode, 2009)
Séries express (2008)  Herself (1 episode, 2009)
Artist on Artist (2008)  Herself - Guest
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007) Dorothy Evans
Surf's Up (2007) Lani Aliikai (voice)
Raving (2007) Katie
Flakes (2007) Miss Pussy Katz
Bridge to Terabithia (2007) Ms. Edmunds
The Go-Getter (2007) Kate
The Good Life (2007) Frances
Chelsea Lately (2007)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 2011)
Xposé (2007)  Herself (1 episode, 2008)
Drunk History (2007)  Mary Todd Lincoln (1 episode, 2010)
Up Close with Carrie Keagan (2007)  Herself (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
Live Free or Die (2006) Cheryl
Failure to Launch (2006) Kit
Rachael Ray (2006)  Herself (1 episode, 2012)
Winter Passing (2005) Reese Holden
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005) Trillian
Bones (2005)  Margaret Whitesell (1 episode, 2009)
Weeds (2005)  Kat (4 episodes, 2006-2007)
American Dad! (2005)  Candy Striper Stripper / ... (2 episodes, 2005-2013)
So You Think You Can Dance (2005)  Herself - Guest Judge (1 episode, 2012)
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005)  Herself - Guest / ... (13 episodes, 2006-2014)
The Young Turks (2005)  Herself (2008) (unknown episodes)
Eulogy (2004) Kate Collins
Cracking Up (2004)  Heidi (1 episode, 2004)
Elf (2003) Jovie
House Hunting (2003) Christy
It's Better to Be Wanted for Murder Than Not to Be Wanted at All (2003) Gas Station Girl
All the Real Girls (2003) Noel
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003)  Herself - Guest / ... (7 episodes, 2005-2013)
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003)  Herself - Guest / ... (3 episodes, 2012-2014)
Whatever We Do (2003) Nikki
Abandon (2002) Samantha Harper
Sweet Friggin' Daisies (2002) Zelda
The New Guy (2002) Nora
Big Trouble (2002) Jenny Herk
The Good Girl (2002) Cheryl
Last Call with Carson Daly (2002)  Herself (2 episodes, 2002-2006)
Reel Comedy (2002)  Herself (2 episodes, 2002-2008)
Manic (2001) Tracey
Dinner for Five (2001)  Herself (1 episode, 2003)
Almost Famous (2000) Anita Miller
Mumford (1999) Nessa Watkins
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn (1999)  Herself (1 episode, 2003)
Making the Video (1999)  Herself (2 episodes, 1999-2002)
Veronica's Closet (1997)  Elena (1 episode, 1998)
SAG Foundation Conversations (1997)  Herself (1 episode, 2012)
Access Hollywood (1996)  Herself (1 episode, 2008)
E! Live from the Red Carpet (1995)  Herself (1 episode, 2014)
Cartelera (1994)  Herself (1 episode, 2008)
Extra (1994)  Herself - New Girl (1 episode, 2014)
Frasier (1993)  Jen (1 episode, 2002)
Late Show with David Letterman (1993)  Herself - Guest / ... (6 episodes, 2002-2013)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)  Herself (1 episode, 2005)
HBO First Look (1992)  Allison (1 episode, 2008)
The Simpsons (1989)  Mary Spuckler (3 episodes, 2008-2013)
Live with Kelly and Michael (1988)  Herself (1 episode, 2013)
Sidewalks Entertainment (1988)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 2014)
Entertainment Tonight (1981)  Herself (5 episodes, 2007-2014)
Saturday Night Live (1975)  Herself / ... (2 episodes, 2012-2014)
Good Morning America (1975)  Herself (1 episode, 2014)
Today (1952)  Herself - Musical Guest (1 episode, 2014)

Producer ( 1 credit )

New Girl (2011) producer (66 episodes, 2011-2014)