Zooey Deschanel is an American actress, model, and singer-songwriter who starred as Jess Day in the Fox sitcom New Girl (2011â€“18), for which she received an Emmy Award nomination and three Golden Globe Award nominations. She has also starred in such films as All the Real Girls, 500 Days of Summer, The New Guy, The Good Girl, Winter Passing, Manic, Elf, Bridge to Terabithia, Failure to Launch, Yes Man, Bridge to Terabithia, Almost Famous and The Hitchhiker”s Guide to the Galaxy. In 2006, Deschanel formed the musical duo She & Him with singer/guitarist M. Ward. They have released five studio albums since 2008. She has also collaborated with artists such as Prince and Brian Wilson. Born Zooey Claire Deschanel on January 17, 1980 in Los Angeles, California, to Academy Awardâ€“nominated cinematographer and director Caleb Deschanel and actress Mary Jo Deschanel, she is the younger sister of actress Emily Deschanel, who starred in the Fox crime comedy-drama series Bones. She graduated from Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences in Santa Monica. She married producer Jacob Pechenik in 2015. They had a daughter named Elsie Otter and a son named Charlie Wolf before separating in 2019. She was previously married to Death Cab For Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard from 2009 to 2011.
Zooey Claire Deschanel Personal Details
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Zooey Claire Deschanel
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17 January 1980
Los Angeles, California, USA
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Actress, Model, Singer-songwriter
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Zooey Claire Deschanel Family Details
Caleb Deschanel (Cinematographer and director)
Mary Jo Deschanel (Actress)
Emily Deschanel (Older Sister) (Actress)
Jacob Pechenik (m. 2015â€“2020), Ben Gibbard (m. 2009-2012)
Charlie Wolf Pechenik (Son), Elsie Otter Pechenik (Daughter)
Zooey Claire Deschanel Body Measurements
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34-24-35 in (87-61-89 cm)
34 inches (87 cm)
24 inches (61 cm)
35 inches (89 cm)
Dark Brown (Natural)
Zooey Claire Deschanel Distinctive Features
Dark brown thick and dry hair
Big blue eyes
Hair with bangs
Zooey Claire Deschanel Education
Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences, Santa Monica, California
French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts
Northwestern UniversityCrossroads School for Arts and Sciences, Santa Monica, California
French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts
Zooey Claire Deschanel Brand Endorsements
She was the brand ambassador for Pantene Australia and Pantene New Zealand in 2012.
She also represents the cosmetic brand Rimmel.
Additionally, she was featured in a commercial for iPhone 4S (Siri) in 2012.
She was initially into the Roman Catholicism faith. But, later shifted her faith to â€˜Judaismâ€™.
Best Known For
Playing a lead role as Jessica â€œJessâ€ Day in Foxâ€™s sitcom New Girl since 2011.She is also the producer of the show.
She is also known for appearing in the 2009 film (500) Days of Summer.
Zooey and musician M. Ward are the 2 members of the indie-pop band She & Him, which was formed in 2006. In March 2008, the duo released their debut album Volume One via Merge Records.
In 1999, Zooey played the role as Vanessa Watkins in an American comedy-drama film, Mumford.
First TV Show
Deschanel guest appeared in NBCâ€™s sitcom Veronicaâ€™s Closet in 1998 for her role as Elena in an episode titled â€œVeronicaâ€™s Fun and Pirates Are Crazyâ€.
Deschanel keeps herself fit by following the BAR method. It is actually the ballet based toning classes.
She really likes to do tap dancing. She did it for 6 continuous years. It is a good cardio. Other cardio, which she does are hiking, running, biking. She does it an hour a day for 6 days a week.
Zooey Deschanel Favorite Things
Band – Beach Boys
Zooey Claire Deschanel Interesting Facts
*She was born on January 17, 1980 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
*She is the daughter of Caleb Deschanel and Mary Jo Deschanel, and younger sister of actress Emily Deschanel.
*She was named after Zooey Glass, the male protagonist of J. D. Salinger”s 1961 novella Franny and Zooey.
*She made her film debut in the 1999 film Mumford.
*She made her television debut in the sitcom series Veronica”s Closet in 1998.
*She played Jess Day in the Fox sitcom New Girl from 2011 to 2018.
*She wrote the main theme for New Girl and Winnie the Pooh: The Movie.
*She is a huge fan of actress Parker Posey.
*She plays the piano and the baritone ukulele.
*She allergic to gluten, dairy, and eggs.
*She is good friends with Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
*She is a registered Democrat.
*Visit her official website: www.sheandhim.com