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->''"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 (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 ''Film/AlmostFamous'', ''Film/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'', ''{{Elf}}'', ''Series/TinMan'', ''Failure to Launch'', ''TheHappening'', ''BridgeToTerabithia,'' ''Film/YesMan'' and ''Film/FiveHundredDaysOfSummer''. 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 Loretta Lynn to portray her in a musical adaptation of the movie "Coal Miner's Daughter".]] In 2013 she guest starred in an episode of Fox's ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', playing a parody of the types of characters she 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 [[YesMan a couple of]] [[YourHighness her movies]] include at least one [[TheCastShowoff scene where she sings]]. She & Him have made three albums to date, titled ''Volume One'' (released March 18, 2008), ''Volume Two'' (released March 23, 2010) and ''[[ChristmasSongs A Very She and Him Christmas]]'' (released October 24, 2011), with a third album, ''Volume Three'', coming on May 13, 2013.

Her father Caleb is an award-winning cinematographer (best known for his work on such films as ''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 ''TheRightStuff'' and the latter as ''Series/{{Bones}}''. Zooey [[RealLifeRelative appeared as Bones' cousin]] in an episode of the latter. She also was married to DeathCabForCutie lead singer/FaceOfTheBand Ben Gibbard from 2009 until 2011.

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!!'''She provides examples of:'''
* {{Adorkable}}: She's building 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 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."
* 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.
* ShesGotLegs: One thing she's become known for is almost always wearing [[ProperTightsWithASkirt skirts and dresses with tights/leggings]]; works well for her, as 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.
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