Zooey Deschanel

Zooey Deschanel

Zooey Claire Deschanel (/ˈzi ˌdʃəˈnɛl/; born January 17, 1980) is an American actress, model, and singer-songwriter. She made her film debut in Mumford (1999) and next obtained a supporting role in Cameron Crowe’s film Almost Famous (2000).

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Zooey Deschanel born January 17, 1980

Deschanel is known for her deadpan roles in comedy films such as The Good Girl (2002), The New Guy (2002), Elf (2003), The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005), Failure to Launch (2006), Yes Man (2008) and 500 Days of Summer (2009).

She has ventured into more dramatic territory with Manic (2001), All the Real Girls (2003), Winter Passing (2005), and Bridge to Terabithia (2007). From 2011 to 2018, she played Jess Day on the Fox sitcom New Girl, for which she received an Emmy Award nomination and three Golden Globe Award nominations.

Zooey Deschanel
Zooey Deschanel

For a few years starting in 2001, Deschanel performed in the jazz cabaret act If All the Stars Were Pretty Babies with actress Samantha Shelton. In 2006, Deschanel teamed up with M. Ward to form She & Him, and subsequently released their debut album, Volume One, in 2008. They have since released five albums: Volume Two in 2010, A Very She & Him Christmas in 2011, Volume 3 in 2013, Classics in 2014, and Christmas Party in 2016. zooey deschanel hot.

She received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Song Written for Visual Media for “So Long”, which was featured in the 2011 film Winnie the Pooh soundtrack. Besides singing, she plays keyboards, percussion, banjo, and ukulele.

Deschanel is also a co-founder of the female-focused website HelloGiggles, which was acquired by Time, Inc. in 2015.

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Deschanel was born in Los Angeles, California, the younger daughter of cinematographer and director Caleb Deschanel and actress Mary Jo Deschanel (née Weir). Her paternal grandfather was French, from Oullins, Rhône and her paternal grandmother came from a Quaker family; she also has Swiss, Dutch, English, Irish, and French ancestry. She was named after Zooey Glass, the male protagonist of J. D. Salinger’s 1961 novella Franny and Zooey. Her older sister is actress Emily Deschanel, who starred in the Fox crime comedy-drama series Bones. zooey deschanel naked.

Deschanel lived in Los Angeles, but spent much of her childhood traveling because her father shot films on location; she later said that she:

… hated all the traveling… I’m really happy now that I had the experience, but at the time I was just so miserable to have to leave my friends in Los Angeles and go to places where they didn’t have any food I liked or things I was used to.

— Zooey Deschanel

She attended Crossroads, a private preparatory school in Santa Monica, where she befriended future co-stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Kate Hudson. She sang throughout high school, planning to pursue a career in musical theatre and attending French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts. She attended Northwestern University for nine months before dropping out to pursue acting.

Deschanel had a guest appearance on the television series Veronica’s Closet in 1998 and made her film debut in Lawrence Kasdan’s comedy Mumford (1999), revolving around the neurotic residents in a small town and co-starring Hope Davis, Jason Lee, Alfre Woodard and Mary McDonnell. Also in 1999, she appeared (non-singing) in the music video for The Offspring’s single “She’s Got Issues”.

Deschanel co-starred in Cameron Crowe’s semi-autobiographical Almost Famous (2000), where she played Anita Miller, the rebellious older sister of a teenage journalist. Despite a modest box office response, the film received critical praise, winning the Golden Globe Award for Best Film – Musical or Comedy. Deschanel appeared in the independent drama Manic (2001), as the love interest of a troubled teen (Joseph Gordon-Levitt). The film was screened at the Sundance Film Festival and received a limited theatrical release. The New York Times found Deschanel to be “particularly spontaneous, unaffected and emotionally direct” in her role. zooey deschanel sexy.

Following early notice, Deschanel took on supporting parts in four feature films released throughout 2002: Big Trouble, The New Guy, The Good Girl, and Abandon. In the comedy Big Trouble, with Tim Allen and Rene Russo, she played the daughter of a devoted and reluctant woman, and in the teen comedy The New Guy, starred as a guitar player in a band. Deschanel portrayed a cynical, plain-spoken young woman working in a big-box store in the black dramedy The Good Girl, opposite Jennifer Aniston and Jake Gyllenhaal.

The psychological thriller Abandon saw her play the roommate of a woman involved in her boyfriend’s disappearance.

Deschanel also made a one-episode appearance in Frasier, as an out-of-control young woman. The New York Times reported that Deschanel was “one of Hollywood’s most sought-after young stars”, in 2002, and the Los Angeles Times wrote in early 2003 that Deschanel had become a recognizable type, due to “her deadpan, sardonic and scene-stealing performances” as the protagonist’s best friend. Deschanel objected to her typecasting, arguing, “A lot of these roles are just a formula idea of somebody’s best friend, and it’s like, I don’t even have that many friends. In high school, I stayed home all the time, so I don’t know how I’m everybody’s best friend now.” zooey deschanel elf.

Deschanel obtained her first leading film role debut in the independent drama All the Real Girls (2003) as Noel, a sexually curious 18-year-old virgin who has a life-changing romance with an aimless 22-year-old. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was an arthouse success.

Her performance received wide critical acclaim, and Variety remarked: “Performances are all credible and naturalistic, but standing out from the rest is Deschanel’s work, which evinces an impressively direct connection to her character’s emotions. The actress does a wonderful job presenting a young woman who is trying, with varying degrees of success, to give voice to all sorts of things she has never felt or expressed before”. She received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Actress.

Also in 2003, Deschanel starred opposite Will Ferrell in the Christmas comedy Elf as a deadpan department store worker and the love interest of a man raised by Santa’s elves. Reviewers found the film to be a “spirited, good natured family comedy”, as part of an overall positive critical response, and budgeted at US$33 million, Elf made US$220.4 million worldwide.

Deschanel is allergic to eggs, dairy, soy, and wheat gluten. She used to be a vegan, which she gave up because she found it difficult to eat enough calories on a vegan diet due to her sensitivities to wheat and soy. A year prior to giving up her vegan diet, she was featured on episode eight of season one of Bravo’s Top Chef Masters, in which the chefs participating in the competition were challenged to cater a vegan lunch party for her family and friends using no soy or gluten.

After speaking with many food experts and farmers in her role as the host of the ATTN: series Your Food’s Roots, she has since gone back to eating a vegetarian diet, citing the difficulty in knowing whether the animals used for meat have been sustainably and humanely raised.

Deschanel has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

In December 2008, Deschanel became engaged to musician Ben Gibbard, lead vocalist for Death Cab for Cutie and The Postal Service. They married on September 19, 2009, near Seattle, Washington. On November 1, 2011, they announced their separation. Deschanel filed for divorce on December 27, 2011, citing “irreconcilable differences”. The divorce was finalized on December 12, 2012.

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Deschanel confirmed her engagement to film producer Jacob Pechenik in January 2015, and they married in June 2015. They have two children: Elsie Otter, born in July 2015, and Charlie Wolf, born in May 2017. Deschanel and Pechenik announced their separation in September 2019. Her divorce was finalized on June 1, 2020.

Who is zooey deschanel dating?

Deschanel started dating Property Brothers star Jonathan Scott after her announcement of the separation from Pechenik. They met while filming an episode of Carpool Karaoke: The Series in August 2019.

Zooey Deschanel converted to Judaism, her second husband’s faith.

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