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About Zooey

Zooey Deschanel

Quick Facts

Full Name: Zooey Claire Deschanel
Nickname: Zo
Date of Birth: January 17, 1980
Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, USA
Height: 5 feet, 6 inches

Mini Biography

Zooey Deschanel was born in 1980 into a showbiz family. Her father, Caleb Deschanel is an Academy Award-nominated cinematographer and her mother, Mary Jo Deschanel is an actress who starred in "Twin Peaks" (1990). Driven from an early age to become a successful actress, Zooey 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), 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 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) (TV).

Trivia Points

Zooey Deschanel
  • Named for the male character in J.D. Salinger's "Franny and Zooey".
  • Daughter of Caleb Deschanel and Mary Jo Deschanel.
  • Went to high school with her "Almost Famous (2000)" co-star Kate Hudson.
  • Younger sister of actress Emily Deschanel.
  • Graduated from Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences in Santa Monica.
  • 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's song "She's Got Issues" and the accompanying MTV documentary The Offspring Complete Music Video Collection (2005) (V). She also plays ukulele for the band "If All the Stars Were Pretty Babies".
  • Attended Northwestern University for one year, but dropped out.
  • Wrote a screenplay titled "Circus Girl" with friend Jackson Nash. "Circus Girl" involves a witch, evil flying red balloons and a giant diamond. Zooey plans to star in the film as the nerdy main character.
  • Is a big fan of actress Parker Posey.
  • Interests include jazz singing, philosophy, fashion and photography.
  • Did her own singing in the movie Elf (2003).
  • Plays the piano and the baritone ukulele.
  • Has performed with Jackson Nash's comedy group, Manifest Destinyfest.
  • Turned down a role in Bully (2001) to star in Big Trouble (2002).
  • Loves Ella Fitzgerald.
  • Is part of the cabaret group called "If All the Stars Were Pretty Babies".
  • She pronounces her name "ZOH-ee" (not "zoo-ee").
  • Her last name is pronounced "day-shuh-NELL", with "day" slightly more accented than the middle syllable.
  • Is part of indie duo called She and Him with M. Ward. Their debut album is called Volume One.
  • Ranked #95 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2008 list.
  • Engaged to Benjamin Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie (December 2008).