"Zooey Deschanel is as pretty as she is gifted in the stagecraft of both acting and singing. 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 Deadpan Snarker
, a Manic Pixie Dream Girl
, or both. She's acted in Almost Famous
, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
, Tin Man
, Failure to Launch
, The Happening
, Bridge to Terabithia, Yes-Man
and (500) Days of Summer
. She also has a starring role in the Fox sitcom New Girl
. She has a role on Broadway, 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 American Dad!
, 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 a couple of her movies
include at least one 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 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 Being There
and The Passion of the Christ
), and her mother Mary Jo and sister Emily are both actresses as well, the former best known for playing Annie Glenn in The Right Stuff
and the latter as Bones
. Zooey appeared as Bones' cousin
in an episode of the latter. She also was married to Death Cab for Cutie
lead singer/Face of the Band
Ben Gibbard from 2009 until 2011.
She provides examples of: