Zooey Deschanel Profile
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Zooey Deschanel

Famous As
Actress
Birth Name
Zooey Claire Deschanel
Birth Date
Jan 17, 1980
Birth Place
Los Angeles, California
Famous As
Actress
Popular for
As Anita Miller in "Almost Famous" (2000)
Birth Name
Zooey Claire Deschanel
Birth Date
Jan 17, 1980
Birth Place
Los Angeles, California
Height
5' 6"
Nationality
American
Hair Color
Dark Brown
Eye Color
Blue
Education
  • Graduated from Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences in Santa Monica
  • Attended Northwestern University (dropped out after six months)
Father
Caleb Deschanel
Mother
Mary Jo Deschanel
Sister
Emily Deschanel (actress, b. 11-Oct-76)
Spouse
Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie frontman, 19-Sep-09 - 12-Dec-12), Jacob Pechenik (producer, since 21-Jun-15)
Relation
Mickey Madden, Jason Schwartzman, Matthew Davis, Chris Kattan, Danhi Harrison, Hunter Bergan, Jamie Linden (screenwriter)
Son
Charlie Wolf Pechenik (b. May-2017)
Daughter
Elsie (b. 2015)

When 70s culture came back in style during the 21st century, it swept over many particular aspects including showbiz. Motion pictures and movie themes traveled back to the classy era and so there was a demand for seventies look stars. While Hollywood had a low stock of the particular sort, Zooey Deschanel came in the right place at the right time. Possessing an oldies look rather than having the contemporary teen appearance, she spent no trouble changing it. Indeed, she just felt comfortable about the fact “I love old music, old movies, screwball comedies, vintage clothes, and basically I'm an old-fashioned gal.” So it said, the distinction had become a benefit. By the time she was in her twenties, she had achieved a lot in her short life.

Born on January 17, 1980 to the couple Caleb Deschanel and Mary Jo Deschanel, she had an older sister, Emily Deschanel. The family was a round up entertainment industry components. Caleb had been an Oscar nominated cinematographer while Mary Jo was an occasional actress. Naturally, Emily and Zooey tagged along their parents' trail to pursue similar career. Emily made a good start by gaining a small role in “It Could Happen to You” (1994) starring Nicolas Cage and so did Zooey whose brief appearance could be seen four years later in hilarious series “Veronica's Closet” (1997) starring Kirstie Alley. The originally brunette actress' debut in film would be as troubled young woman, Nessa Watkins, in “Mumford” (1999). Next, she quitted from Northwestern University after six months study because she gained a part as a hippie as well as Patrick Fugit's older sister in Cameron Crowe's “Almost Famous” (2000). This film was huge as it won the 2001 Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical. It also brought Crowe an Oscar for Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen in 2001, and granted Kate Hudson a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture also in 2001. Indirectly, it also lifted up the names of the two fresh bloods, Fugit and Zooey.

In the brink of success, Zooey glided to her next movies and obtained opportunities to play along notable actors and actresses. She starred alongside Jennifer Aniston in “The Good Girl” (2002) and opposite Tim Allen and Rene Russo in “Big Trouble” (2002). Completing as many as three movies “The New Guy”, “Sweet Friggin' Daisies” and “Abandon” to round up 2002, she hadn't scored another strike on big screen. Instead, her appearance as Zelda in “Sweet Friggin' Daisies” was claimed to be extra weird despite her sweet and sexy look. She eventually made a come back on TV series by being the flirty cousin of Roz Doyle in “Frasier” (1993). Her short-lived character there indeed brought a fresh humor to the series itself. Once again Zooey stole the spotlight. Then she realized that she was in position to take more challenging roles.

In “All the Real Girls” (2003), Zooey's acting was on fire as she depicted a virgin returning hometown only to fall in love with a womanizer. She was acclaimed soon after her performance and named Best Actress by Mar del Plata Film Festival. A meatier role coming up in fantasy “Elf” (2003) where she became the love interest of Will Ferrell. Showing a total commitment, she did her own singing in the film's soundtrack titled “Baby, It's Cold Outside”. Then, she filled in her 2004 resume with a dark comedy titled “Eulogy” which was directed by a new comer Michael Clancy and the year afterwards she was selected by the famous casting director Marcia Ross for a role in a sci-fi comedy “The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy”. Reunited with Will Ferrell in “Winter Passing” (2005), she was once again his lover. Still in the same year, because of her distinguished look she was chosen to be the model in the video of American punk rock band, The Offspring through their single “She's Got Issues”. Meanwhile, in 2006 her movie involvements, such as in “Failure to Launch”, “Live Free or Die”, “Flakes” and “The Go-Getter” could be branded as her another teenage roles.

Brought into a more serious atmosphere, Zooey was trusted to play alongside Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck in “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” (2006), a Warner Bros production about the Western's fastest gunner, Jesse James whose greatest enemy actually was his own best friend. This movie was hoped to lift up Zooey's reputation again although she still got a long run. Her 2007 career would be begun with an animation titled “Surf's Up” which was a behind the story of how penguins invented surfing. Here her sweet voice would fill in the voice of Lani. And at the last minute, Zooey joined “Bridge to Terabithia” (2007), a remake from the 1985 film version of the same title about imaginary land created by two kids.