Tv and film celebrity who plays the type Jess Day within the sitcom New Woman. Her film credits are the Good Woman, Elf, Bridge to Terabithia, Nearly Famous as well as the Hitchhiker’s Guide towards the Galaxy. She befriended fellow stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Kate Hudson while going to senior high school with them in Santa Monica, California. She produced her film debut in the 1999 film Mumford. She created the musical duo She & Him with vocalist/guitarist M. Ward. They released their debut recording, Quantity One, in 2008. She wedded Loss of life Cab for Cutie’s frontman, Ben Gibbard in ’09 2009, however the few break up in 2011. In January 2015, she got involved to Jacob Pechenik, as well as the few married later on that yr. They welcomed a child in July of 2015 called Elsie Otter. Her father is definitely Academy Award-nominated cinematographer Caleb Deschanel and her mother is acclaimed celebrity Mary Jo Deschanel. Her sister is definitely celebrity Emily Deschanel. She started starring alongside Jake Johnson within the series New Woman in 2011.
Full Name Zooey Deschanel
Date Of Birth January 17, 1980
Place Of Birth Los Angeles, CA
Height 1.68 m
Profession TV Actress
Education Northwestern University, Crossroads School
Spouse Jacob Pechenik, Ben Gibbard
Children Charlie Wolf Pechenik, Elsie Otter Pechenik
Awards Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series
Music Groups She & Him
Nominations Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, People's Choice Award for Favorite Comedic TV Actress, Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media, Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead, Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actress: Comedy, Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy, Young Hollywood Award for Standout Performance by a Young Actor - Female, Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy, Teen Choice Award for Choice Red Carpet Fashion Icon Female, Satellite Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical, Chlotrudis Award for Best Actress
Movies 500 Days of Summer, Elf, Yes Man, Trolls, Almost Famous, The Happening, Bridge to Terabithia, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Failure to Launch, All the Real Girls, Your Highness, Our Idiot Brother, The Good Girl, The Driftless Area, Winter Passing, Big Trouble, The New Guy, Surf's Up, Rock the Kasbah, The Go-Getter, Eulogy, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, The Good Life, Abandon, Once Upon a Mattress, Gigantic, Mumford, Live Free or Die, Manic, Flakes, Raving, Ben Lee: Catch My Disease, Sweet Friggin' Daisies, Janis, Tin Man
TV Shows New Girl, Tin Man, 2013 FOX Fall Preview: Extras
Star Sign Capricorn
Is allergic to eggs, wheat gluten and dairy products. She used to be a vegan, but had to drop the diet because of her allergies.
Returned to work 6 months after giving birth to her daughter Elsie to resume filming the 5th season of New Girl (2011).
Was 7 months pregnant with her daughter Elsie when she took maternity leave from filming the 5th season of New Girl (2011).
Gave birth to her 1st child at age 35, a daughter named Elsie Otter Pechenik in late July 2015 in Austin, Texas. Child's father is her 2nd husband, Jacob Pechenik.
Married her boyfriend of about a year Jacob Pechenik sometime between January 17th and late July of 2015.
Has a nephew named Henry Lamar Hornsby (b.September 21, 2011).
Has been in a relationship with Jacob Pechenik since August 2014 and they have been engaged since January 17, 2015. They are expecting her 1st child in the summer.
Ranked #6 on Maxim's "Hot 100" of 2014 list.
Was in a relationship with scriptwriter Jamie Linden from June 2012 to August 2014.
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.
Attended Northwestern University for one year, but dropped out.
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). She also plays ukulele for the band 'If All the Stars Were Pretty Babies'.
Graduated from Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences in Santa Monica.
[in a 2009 interview] I just basically make decisions by the seat of my pants.
[on her resemblance to Katy Perry] Friends of mine would call me up and say 'I saw you at the restaurant last night. I waved to you. You just blinked and looked at me like I'm a stranger'. It turned out that it was all just Katy Perry.
Feeling like an outsider is part of my nature, and it's what makes me who I am. So I think I'll find a way to make myself feel like an outsider, no matter what situation I'm in.
A lot of people are like, You can't change human nature - people are inherently negative. I don't think that's true. If you expect the best of people, they'll step up.
[on romantic comedy] It's in need of reinvention. It's such a narrow genre because it basically involves the same thing happening every time. The romantic comedy is an evolution of the screwball comedy from the 1930s, but the screwball comedy had a broader range of topics. To surprise people, you need to keep changing things up.
I just felt it's important to teach young girls to be strong people, to not think, I can't do this because I'm worried about what people will say. There are worse consequences, but online negativity stops people from being creative, part of which is having bad ideas as well as good ideas. When somebody says, 'That idea's stupid,' you stop your flow of ideas. We can't have the next generation be so afraid because they have been attacked.
[on Mary Helen Bowers] Mary Helen knows how to make ordinary women look like ballerinas. She's the real deal.
The fact that people are associating being girlie with weakness--that needs to be examined...Are we bitches because we have our own opinions? If that makes me a bitch, or that makes women bitches, then maybe we're all bitches.
[on playing the sexually-charged "Natalie" in Our Idiot Brother (2011)] I like characters who are complex, so I follow those roles. I love independent cinema. I feel very close to that world because it's about art. And I say no to a lot of work because it looks boring. I'd rather work really hard on a great movie that few people see than a crap movie everyone sees.
I started out doing theater, and I did a lot of school plays, theater summer camp, and all that. And then I did a play with a theater company when I was seventeen, and then I got representation, and then I just started audition for stuff. And then I got some things, and I got more things, and people started giving me jobs, and, you know... it's good.
I'm always trying to do stuff I haven't done before or challenge myself so I'm not resting on my laurels all of the time because if I just found my little niche and never left it, I'd be pretty boring, I think.
I'm into sincerity in music and sincerity in art. If it doesn't feel true, I don't want to do it. Things that are too dramatic scare me. I think that's why I don't always fit into the world of performing arts.
Always the aim for me is making people feel like they are not alone. That's just the greatest feeling.
[interview in "In Style" magazine, 9/06] The first album I ever got was "Like a Virgin". It was during the Iran Contra conflict-I thought she was saying, "Like a Persian".
It's a lot harder to do an ensemble because your energy is going in so many different places, and you have to cover everybody. You have to sort of split your attention.
I always choose roles that are, you know, hopefully different from the last role. I don't wanna do the same thing over and over again because that's, well, first of all that's no fun.
I don't want to be a babe. I don't want vanity to ever get in the way, because I think to maintain that, you have to be aware of yourself all the time, and that gets in the way of acting. My job's not to be the beautiful person. My job is to be the best actor I can be.
I don't think I'm very much like anyone else, really. I'm sure there are aspects of other actors that I share, but I don't see anybody else and go, "Damn, they stole my thing". I'm me, and I like that there are people who have an appreciation for that.
You have to keep reminding yourself it's not about money, because there is a lot of money to be made in this business if you're willing to do whatever. But that's not what I'm thinking about. I continue only to take movies because I love the script and because I really want to do it.
People say: "Oh yeah, jobs for the boys". I wish. You've got to fight even harder with a family like mine.
I was labeled a 'theatre type' in high school, which made it hard to fit in and feel part of things.
It's an addiction. I love clothes. I like to go down Melrose and look in all the windows and I go to different flea markets. I have lots of costumes. You never know when you're going to have to dress up like a milkmaid from the 1600s.
For a while I was like, "Oh my God, anyone that would release an album as an actor is the biggest fool ever", but I happened to have sung all my life before I was an actor. Why are musicians allowed to become actors? No one ever gives them flack for that.
I'm the worst at picking what movies are going to do well. I have no idea. I'm really surprised if a movie I like does well.
I don't really like to go out very much. I'm not scandalous. I'm not, like, in this to be famous. I also find it so embarrassing when you read about people and it's like they were so trashed at Skybar and stumbling around. I don't want to be that person. That's just so embarrassing to have that written about you.
I'm blessed with a lot of energy and stamina. I can't stand sitting still. I went to a spa once with my mom and I was like, "Get me out of here!'"
I don't want to go to another rollercoaster ride of a movie. If I want that, I'll go to Magic Mountain. I'm really interested in the young directors that are doing different things in cinema. I think the movies people will hold onto are the Rushmore (1998)s and the Being John Malkovich (1999)s. Those are the kind of films I want to do; that's what I'm passionate about.
I love old music, old movies, screwball comedies, vintage clothes and basically I'm an old-fashioned gal.
Frequently plays socially awkward, energetic and sweet-natured characters