Zooey Deschanel

TV Actress

Zooey Deschanel was born in Los Angeles, California, United States on January 17th, 1980 and is the TV Actress. At the age of 44, Zooey Deschanel biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, songs, movies, TV shows, and networth are available.

Other Names / Nick Names
Zooey Claire Deschanel (Pronounced – zoh-ee day-shuh-nell), Zo, ZuZu
Date of Birth
January 17, 1980
United States
Place of Birth
Los Angeles, California, United States
44 years old
Zodiac Sign
$25 Million
$125 Thousand
Actor, Banjoist, Composer, Film Actor, Musician, Singer, Singer-songwriter, Television Actor, Voice Actor
Social Media
Zooey Deschanel Height, Weight, Eye Color and Hair Color

At 44 years old, Zooey Deschanel has this physical status:

Hair Color
She has naturally “Dark Brown” hair.
Eye Color
34-24-35" or 87-61-89 cm
Zooey Deschanel Religion, Education, and Hobbies
She was initially into the Roman Catholicism faith. But, later shifted her faith to ‘Judaism’.
Not Available
Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences, French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts., Northwestern University
Zooey Deschanel Spouse(s), Children, Affair, Parents, and Family
Ben Gibbard, ​ ​(m. 2009; div. 2012)​, Jacob Pechenik, ​ ​(m. 2015; div. 2020)​
Dating / Affair
Dhani Harrison, Mickey Madden, Chris Kattan, Matthew Davis, Hunter Burgan, Jason Schwartzman (2003-2005), Ben Gibbard (2008-2011), Jamie Linden (2012-2014), Jacob Pechenik (2014-2019), Jonathan Scott (2019-Present)
Caleb Deschanel, Mary Jo Deschanel
Emily Deschanel (Older Sister) (Actress)
Other Family
Paul Jules Deschanel (Paternal Grandfather), Anna/Ann Ward Orr (Paternal Grandmother), Donald Lamar Weir (Maternal Grandfather), Elizabeth Ellen Manchester (Maternal Grandmother)
Zooey Deschanel Life

Zooey Claire Deschanel (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).

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 Jessica Day on the Fox sitcom New Girl, for which she received an Emmy Award nomination and three Golden Globe Award nominations. 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.

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.

Early life

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 other 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.

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

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.

Personal life

Deschanel is allergic to eggs, dairy products and soy. She had a gluten allergy, but stated in a 2022 interview on Armchair Expert that she no longer suffers from it. 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.

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.

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.

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

Deschanel has converted to Judaism, her second husband's faith.

In a 2022 interview on Dax Shepard's podcast Armchair Expert, Deschanel revealed that she has had combined type ADHD ever since she was a child.


Zooey Deschanel Career

Acting career

In 1998, Deschanel appeared on Veronica's Closet for a guest appearance. Hope Davis, Jason Lee, Alfre Woodard, and Mary McDonnell appeared in Lawrence Kasdan's comedy Mumford (1999), revolving around the neurotic residents of a small town and co-starring Hope Davis, Jason Lee, Alfre Woodard, and Mary McDonnell.

She appeared in a non-singing role in the music video for The Offspring's single "She's Got Issues" which debuted on September 27, 1999. Deschanel served as a judge for the ninth Independent Music Awards. In 2005, she modeled for Chanel and Clements Ribeiro, and in 2010, she signed to represent Rimmel.

Deschanel co-starred in Cameron Crowe's semi-autobiographical Almost Famous (2000), where she played Anita Miller, the rebel older sister of a young journalist. Despite a modest box office response, the film received critical acclaim for winning the Golden Globe Award for Best Film – Musical or Comedy. Deschanel appeared in Manic (2001), as the love interest of a struggling teenager (Joseph Gordon-Levitt). The film was shown at the Sundance Film Festival and received a limited theatrical release. Deschanel's role, according to the New York Times, she was "particularly spontaneous, affected, and emotionally sensitive."

Deschanel appeared in four feature films released during 2002: Big Trouble, The New Guy, The Good Girl, and Abandon, following early notice. She appeared in Tim Allen and Rene Russo's comedy Big Trouble as the daughter of a loving and reluctant woman, and in the teen comedy The New Guy, she appeared as a guitarist in a band. In the black dramedy The Good Girl, Deschanel depicted a cynical, plain-spoken young woman working in a large-box store, opposite Jennifer Aniston and Jake Gyllenhaal. Abandon's psychological thriller saw her play the roommate of a woman implicated in her boyfriend's abduction. In Frasier, Deschanel made a one-episode debut as Roz's out-of-control Cousin, Jen. Deschanel, the New York Times wrote in 2002 that she was "one of Hollywood's most sought-after young actors" and the Los Angeles Times reported in early 2003 that Deschanel was "one of the protagonist's most recognisable characters" due to "her deathpan, sardonic, and scene-stealing [film] performances" as the protagonist's closest friend. Deschanel protested her typecasting, saying, "A lot of these roles are just a formulaic representation of someone's best friend," she said, and it's like, I don't have that many acquaintances." I stayed home all the time in high school, so I'm not sure how I'm everyone's best friend now."

Deschanel made her debut film role in the independent film All the Real Girls (2003) as Noel, a sexually curious 18-year-old virgin with a life-changing passion with an ambitious 22-year-old. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was a big hit at the Sundance Film Festival. Her performance attracted wide critical praise, and Variety noted, "Performances are all credible and naturalistic, but Deschanel's work stands out from the rest of the pack, demonstrating an effective link to her characters' emotions." The actress does an excellent job portraying a young woman who is attempting to give voice to a variety of topics she has never felt or expressed before. She was selected for Best Actress by an Independent Spirit Award. Deschanel appeared opposite Will Ferrell in Elf as a deadpan department store employee and the love interest of a man raised by Santa's elves. As part of a general positive critical reaction, reviewers found the film to be a "spirited, good-natured family comedies,"; and Elf earned US$220.4 million worldwide.

Deschanel appeared in Eulogy in 2004, and in 2005 he appeared Trillian in Douglas Adams' film adaptation of Douglas Adams' science fiction book The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. Will Ferrell co-starring Will Ferrell appeared in Winter Passing (2005). Deschanel continued to appear in Failure to Launch (2006) as Sarah Jessica Parker's neurotic roommate. Kat, Andy Botwin's eccentric ex-girlfriend, appeared in four episodes of Showtime television series Weeds from 2006 to 2007. Deschanel had signed on to appear in the film The Gospel According to Janis, written and directed by Penelope Spheeris, in September 2006. The film was supposed to premiere in 2006 but was postponed indefinitely; it was then revived, with a target release date of 2012, before being cancelled entirely in 2011. Deschanel expressed disappointment with the decision, claiming she had spent three years on imitating Joplin's scratchy singing voice.

Deschanel appeared in Bridge to Terabithia in 2007, where she appeared in the film Surf's Up, depicting a penguin. Dorothy Evans appeared in the Coward Robert Ford's revised Western The Assassination of Jesse James and starred in the B comedy Flakes, which was limited to just one theater. Deschanel appeared as the DG in the Syfy miniseries Tin Man, a reimagined science fiction adaptation of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. In December 2007, the show premiered in December 2007. In Pigtails, Deschanel narrated the children's book Players. In three episodes of The Simpsons since debuting on April 27, 2008, "Apocalypse Cow."

She starred in M. Night Shyamalan's thriller The Happening (2008) as a couple struggling to recover from an inexplicable natural disaster. Despite generally critical reviews, writer Roger Ebert said that Wahlberg and Deschanel's performances "bring a quiet dignity to their characters," and that the film took in US$163 million worldwide. She appeared in the independent comedy Gigantic (2008), which screened at the Toronto International Film Festival but was limited to a select audience in some regions of the United States only. She played both an unorthodox singer and Jim Carney's girlfriend in Yes Man (also 2008). Around the world, the film grossed US$223.1 million.

Deschanel reunited with Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the new romantic drama about the formation and death of a marriage (500) Days of Summer 2009. The film attracted critical acclaim and became a "sleeper hit" in worldwide sales, grossing more than $60 million, much more than its $7.5 million budget. Mark Adams of the Daily Mirror found the film to be a "modern romance for grown-ups" as well as a "sweet-natured, comedic, deeply-romantic story" with "excellent performances by Deschanel and Gordon-Levitt, who are both charming and have real chemistry." Deschanel appeared in a Christmas episode of Fox crime procedural comedy-drama Bones, which was the first-ever on-screen pairing of the Deschanel sisters.

In a early draft of Joss Whedon's The Avengers, Deschanel was originally the top pick for Janet van Dyne/The Wasp, in which she would have played a significant part. However, Scarlett Johansson was never cast as Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow, Deschanel was no longer interested in portraying the Wasp with Janet's daughter Hope van Dyne playing the mantle in the Infinity Saga, played by Evangeline Lilly. Deschanel appeared in the comedy Our Idiot Brother (2011) as the young and bisexual sister of a dimwitted but idealistic man (Paul Rudd). The film was generally positive critical reception at the Sundance Film Festival. Belladonna appeared in the stoner comedy Your Highness (2011) starring Danny McBride and James Franco. At the box office, the film received poor reviews and was bombed. Roger Ebert's description of her role as "Deschanel is] carried onstage and arrested by an evil sorcerer, who is reportedly kidnapped by an enslaved prisoner" who spends a considerable length of time as a prisoner in his lair, and lives happily ever after." For all she's been told to say and do, she may as well be a mannequin. The presence of this intelligent, nuanced actress has left many people baffled. This is used as a placeholder.

Deschanel endorsed the Fox sitcom New Girl as a bubbly and offbeat teacher on "Jess" Day, which was created by Elizabeth Meriwether. She became a producer on the show and helped develop the character, particularly in relation to "the sort of excitement and awe" of her youth. Deschanel Soars, a well-known actress who plays well-suited characters with a natural charm, premiered in September 2011. USA Today referred to her role as "one aimed to promote her from respected indie actress to licensed [television] actress, combining well-honed skills with a natural charm." For her work, she has been given an Emmy Award nomination and three Golden Globe nominations. On May 15, 2018, the series's finale took place.

On February 11, 2012, Deschanel hosted Saturday Night Live. She was also featured in a iPhone 4S commercial that same year (Siri).

She portrayed a Los Angeles singer who was taken to Afghanistan by her former boss, Bill Murray, in Rock the Kasbah (2015). Despite a US$15 million budget, the comedy only earned US$3 million at the North American box office. She was cast as a mysterious woman in The Driftless Area (2015), a neo-noir film festival that was also available on VOD. In the animated family comedy Trolls (2016), she portrayed a kindhearted Bergen, Bridget. The animated family comedies grossed US$344 million worldwide.

Deschanel appeared in Katy Perry's "Not the End of the World" music video in December 2020.

She co-hosted the ABC television show The Celebrity Dating Game with Michael Bolton in 2021.

She began cohosting Welcome to Our Show, a New Girl rewatch podcast produced by IHeartRadio in January 2022.

Music career

Deschanel formed If All the Stars Were Pretty Babies, a jazz cabaret performance starring Samantha Shelton. The pair appeared around Los Angeles.

Deschanel performed vocals on two songs "Slowly" and "Ask Her to Dance," on Jason Schwartzman's band Coconut Records' album Nighttiming. Deschanel and M. Ward, who had appeared with Deschanel on stage before, were reported to be recording music under the moniker She & Him. Merge Records' first album, Volume One, was released on March 18, 2008. Critics reacted favourably, with Paste magazine naming it the No. 1 in the country. 1 Album of 2008. "The album delicately rambled through 13 tracks of sun-dappled pop, with a delicate Orbisonian charm and smooth, wistful vocals from Deschanel," Patrick Caldwell wrote.

For a 2009 advertisement campaign for Cotton Incorporated, Deschanel produced "The Fabric of My Life." Volume Two, She & Him's second album, was released on March 23, 2010. Deschanel and M. Ward were among the ten people featured on The Place We Ran From (2010), the album by Snow Patrol member Gary Lightbody's side venture, Tired Pony. Deschanel performed vocals on "Get On the Road" and "Point Me at Lost Islands," while M. Ward contributed vocals and guitar to the song "Held in the Arms of Your Words" and guitar to the track "That Silver Necklace."

During the seventh-inning stretch of the National League Championship Series between the Philadelphia Phillies and the San Francisco Giants, Deschanel played "God Bless America" during the seventh stretch in game three of the National League Championship Series between the Philadelphia Phillies and San Francisco, October 19, 2010. Deschanel performed "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas, on October 23, 2011. Deschanel contributed to Buddy Holly's "It's So Easy" for the tribute album Listen to Me: Buddy Holly, which was released on September 6, 2011. She appeared on Rave On Buddy Holly before, with She & Him performing "Oh, Boy!" "In June 2011, we were first published. "

On Pitchfork.com in September 2011, Theresa She & Him Christmas was announced. Merge Records' 12-track Christmas album was released on October 25, 2011. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Joseph Gordon-Levitt produced a casual version of "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve" on December 28, 2011. Happy Birthday to her HelloGiggles YouTube channel. It was extremely popular, with over 6 million viewers in less than four days. Deschanel was featured on bandmate M. Ward's sixth solo album, A Wasteland Companion (2012).

Loretta Lynn, a Cleveland, Ohio, singer Loretta Lynn, revealed that she was in the process of creating a Broadway musical from her autobiography and Deschanel's daughter's production on Broadway, and that she would appear on Broadway. Deschanel was then welcomed onstage, and the two performed a duet of the title tune. Deschanel's comedy "Must Be Nice," written by New Girl consultancy firm J. Philbin, was revealed on September 21, 2012.

Merge Records' next album, Volume 3 by She and Him, was released in May 2013. Deschanel produced eleven songs on the 15-track album, while three others are cover songs. On the Billboard 200, it debuted at number 15. Columbia Records' December 2014 album Classics was released, and the band's fifth studio album, Classics, was released. It features 13 covers of classic songs, recorded live and accompanied by a 20-piece orchestra. The album's response was encouraging, with Robert Hamm for Alternative Press describing Deschanel as "a delight, at times coy and romantic, and in other instances, moody and pensive." She also appeared on Brian Wilson's album No Pier Pressure (2015) as a guest vocalist. Christmas Party, She & Him's second Christmas album and sixth album in total, was released in 2016.

In The New Guy, Deschanel made her on-screen debut. She sings "Baby, It's Cold Outside" with Will Ferrell in the bathroom shower scene, "Auld Lang Syne" with James Caan on piano and Leon Redbone on the soundtrack in Elf (2003). In the dramedy Winter Passing (2006), in which she co-starred Ferrell and Ed Harris, her piano composition "Bittersuite" was used thematically, and she also performed "My Bonnie Lies over the Ocean" in the film.

Others singing credits followed: Once Upon a Mattress ("An Opening for a Princess"), "Normandy," and "Yesterday I Loved You"; an old cabaret song in Jesse James' "The Assassination of a Bird in a Gilded Cage"; and short film Raving ("Hello, Dolly!"). "Why Can't We Be Friends" and War's "Someday" and "Why Can't We Be Friends" Deschanel and a group of school students perform the Steve Earle song "Someday" and War's "Why Can't We Be Friends?" We moved from Bridge to Terabithia.

Deschanel performs multiple songs in the film and on the film soundtrack, and is seen performing "Uh-Huh" and "Sweet Ballad" with San Francisco all-girl electro soul-punk band "Munchausen by Proxy." Deschanel sings a cover of The Smiths' "Please, Please, Please, Let Me Have What I Want" in 500 Days of Summer 2009, as performed by She & Him. Nancy Sinatra's "Sugar Town" is also a cover. To accompany the film, Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt produced Bank Dance, directed by 500 Days of Summer producer Marc Webb. "Why Do You Allow Me To Stay Here?" She & Him sings. "Ita Michael Rooney's choreographed some intricate choreography." "I have this idea... because I didn't get to dance in the film," says Mason Novick, the film's director.

In the comedy Your Highness (2011), Deschanel performs "The Most Beautiful Love Song in All the Land." In addition, M. Ward appears in a number of songs on Disney's animated version of Winnie the Pooh (2011), receiving a Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media for "So Long." Deschanel wrote and performed the theme song to New Girl. In addition, Deschanel and Prince's song "Fallinlove2nite" is sung by Deschanel and Prince in season three's episode "Prince." She performed a cover of Meredith Brooks' "Bitch," which is included in the film's soundtrack. Deschanel played Bridget, the scullery maid in the animated film Trolls, in 2016.


I did the Pilates sculpting workout loved by Gen Z stars Olivia Rodrigo and Elle Fanning for six weeks - I lost inches and got stronger WITHOUT changing my diet

www.dailymail.co.uk, February 24, 2024
FEMAIL's Erica Nardozzi tried Speir Pilates' on-demand workouts for six weeks, including a 14-day mat challenge. Rodrigo and Fanning have both worked with celebrity trainer Andrea Speir, the co-founder of Speir Pilates (inset). Chrissy Teigen, Ashley Olsen, Zooey Deschanel, Jonah Hill, and Shay Mitchell are also fans of her method. At the end of six weeks, Erica's stomach was flatter, and she had lost a few inches around my waist and arms. More importantly, she felt stronger, and she was happy to have a workout she enjoyed.

Jake Johnson, a student at the University of New Girl, discusses how his mother did not want him going to school after getting a 'gut feeling,' long before the shooting occurred on campus

www.dailymail.co.uk, January 19, 2024
Jake Johnson, the current Girl star, has recalled how his mother practically stopped him from attending school after getting a bad gut feeling one day before a shooting on campus. Laurie Dann, 30, shot and killed a boy and injured five others at Johnson's elementary school in Winnetka, Illinois, in 1988. Johnson, 45, was not physically present at school when the attack occurred, but his mother's intuition has remained with him to this day.

When attending Los Angeles church with fiancé Jonathan Scott on Christmas Day with his son, Zooey Deschanel bundles up in a red and green jacket

www.dailymail.co.uk, December 26, 2023
Zooey Deschanel bundled up while celebrating Christmas with her family and friends at a Los Angeles church on Monday. Jonathan Scott, 45, who graciously held hands with her six-year-old son Charlie Wolfe, joined her. Over a green skirt with black leggings, Zooey wore a thick green and red coat.

Jonathan Scott Says Spending Quarantine With Zooey Deschanel Has 'Been A Blessing'

perezhilton.com, April 15, 2020

Couples everywhere are getting to know their significant others even better in quarantine!

And obviously, celebrities are no exception. While some are turning to their kids for a coronavirus haircut, others are turning to their partners for a new ‘do!

Zooey Deschanel's Husband Files For Divorce Amid Jonathan Scott Romance!

perezhilton.com, October 23, 2019

Zooey Deschanel‘s marriage is DUNZO!

According to TMZ on Tuesday, the New Girl star’s husband, Jacob Pechenik, filed for divorce after the two announced their split last month.

Zooey Deschanel & Jonathan Scott Are Instagram Official!

perezhilton.com, October 21, 2019

Zooey Deschanel and Jonathan Scott take the next step in their relationship.

As we reported in September, the New Girl actress and the Property Brothers star are dating after they met filming Apple TV‘s Carpool Karaoke series.

Zooey Deschanel Tweets and Instagram Photos