->''"Zooey Deschanel is as pretty as she is gifted in the stagecraft of both acting and singing. [[Film/MeanGirls That's why her hair is so big:]] It's full of talent."''
-->--'''Emma Jones,''' MSN Entertainment.

Zooey Claire Deschanel (born January 17th, 1980) is an American actress, and if you're watching one of her performances, chances are she's either a DeadpanSnarker, a ManicPixieDreamGirl, or both.

She's acted in such films as ''Film/{{Mumford}}'', ''Film/AlmostFamous'', ''Film/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'', ''Film/{{Elf}}'', ''Series/TinMan'', ''Film/FailureToLaunch'', ''Film/TheHappening'', ''Film/BridgeToTerabithia'', ''Film/YesMan'', ''Film/FiveHundredDaysOfSummer'', and ''Film/OurIdiotBrother''. She also has a starring role in the Fox sitcom ''Series/NewGirl''. She has a role on Broadway, [[http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-31749_162-57432658-10391698/loretta-lynn-picks-zooey-deschanel-to-star-in-coal-miners-daughter-musical/ having been selected by]] country music legend Music/LorettaLynn to portray her in a musical adaptation of the movie ''Film/CoalMinersDaughter''. In 2013 she guest starred in an episode of Fox's ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad,'' playing a parody of the types of characters she's usually typecast as.

In addition to acting, Deschanel is also a talented singer, songwriter and keyboardist, and is one half of the indie folk / indie pop (or as she once described it, "arena folk") duo ''She & Him'' (the other half being singer / guitarist / producer M. Ward), and a couple of her movies include at least one [[TheCastShowoff scene where she sings.]] ''She & Him'' have made four albums to date, titled ''Volume One'' (released March 18, 2008), ''Volume Two'' (released March 23, 2010), ''[[ChristmasSongs A Very She and Him Christmas]]'' (released October 24, 2011), and ''Volume Three'' (released May 13, 2013).

Her father Caleb is an award-winning cinematographer (best known for his work on such films as ''Film/BeingThere'' and ''Film/ThePassionOfTheChrist''), and her mother Mary Jo and sister Emily are both actresses as well, the former best known for playing Annie Glenn in ''Film/TheRightStuff'' and the latter as ''Series/{{Bones}}''. (Zooey [[RealLifeRelative appeared as Bones' cousin]] in an episode of the latter.) She was married to Music/DeathCabForCutie lead singer/FaceOfTheBand Ben Gibbard from 2009 until 2011. In 2015 she and her current boyfriend and fiancé, film producer Jacob Pechenik, announced they were expecting a baby together. The two got married before the birth of their daughter, Elsie Otter, in July.

!!'''She provides examples of:'''
* {{Adorkable}}: She's built her career on this trope. Her ''New Girl'' character is even called this in promotional material. Creator/AbbyElliott's ''SNL'' parody of her overuses the the term, too.
* AffectionateParody / TakeThatMe: Her guest starring role in the ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' episode "Independent Movie" had her basically playing a parody of the types of characters she's prone to play. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] outright in the episode itself where Steve actually calls Zooey's character a "ManicPixieDreamGirl."
* BrainlessBeauty: While she rarely plays these roles, her very ''first'' role was one of these, playing an empty headed teenage model on ''Veronica's Closet''. She also [[AdamWesting portrayed herself]] as one in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOwN5kpgWGc this iPhone commercial]].
* CelebrityResemblance: She looks a lot like Music/KatyPerry.
* GirlyGirl: A big part of her usual persona.
* {{Hipster}}: Zooey has a reputation as being a "hipster sex symbol" due to her appearing in several independent films as well as the fact that she married indie rock musician Ben Gibbard. Although it should be noted that she's not crazy about being every hipster boy's dream girl.
* ManicPixieDreamGirl: She's famous for playing this character type. Deconstructed in ''Film/FiveHundredDaysOfSummer''.
* ShesGotLegs: One thing she's become known for is almost always wearing [[ProperTightsWithASkirt skirts and dresses with tights/leggings]]. It works well for her, so far as the public is concerned, though she says her biggest problem is her ankles are too small for them.
* SlidingScaleOfBeauty: Most of her characters are considered (In-universe) Special Average.
* TypeCasting: In ManicPixieDreamGirl and/or DeadpanSnarker roles.