Zooey Deschanel is a one-of-a-kind gal. She’s everything Hollywood is not, and yet she still manages to light up the screen in every role, large or small. Born in 1980 in Los Angeles, California, Zooey is the product of showbiz parents Caleb (Oscar-nominated cinematographer) and Mary Jo (actress), and so it’s not surprising that the young actress declared her desire to become a movie star at the ripe age of two. After graduation from high school, Zooey enrolled at Northwestern University’s theater program, but dropped out during her first year to pursue an already active film career.
Along with guest spots on “Veronica’s Closet” and “Frasier,” as well as small roles in “Almost Famous” and “The Good Girl,” Zooey finally got her big break alongside Will Ferrell in “Elf.” Since then, the up-and-coming actress has continued to pick and choose her projects carefully, and - with the exception of her part in the screen adaptation of Douglas Adams’ “The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy” and her role as Sarah Jessica Parker’s gal pal in 2006’s “Failure to Launch” - has appeared in strictly independent features. Don’t expect Zooey to stray from the limelight for long, however, because she’s set to make a big splash in the years to come.
Zooey Deschanel in GQ
Zooey Deschanel on the Web
An online database of Zooey's blossoming film career.
TV Guide: Zooey Deschanel
Zooey Deschanel Videos, Interviews and More on TV Guide's Online Video Guide
The Nature of Zooey Deschanel
A decent fan page that features a picture gallery and an article archive.
The actor page offers a lengthy biography and red carpet photos.
Slice of the Day
A nice, but small collection of photos.
More sexy photos of the actress.
Zooey chats briefly with GQ about her new film, "(500) Days of Summer."
Zooey Deschanel on the Screen
You might not know just who exactly Zooey is, but you've definitely seen her face in several films across the last five years, the most prominent of those including small roles in "Almost Famous" and "The Good Girl," as well as starring turns in the holiday comedy "Elf," the film adaptation of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," and the romantic comedy "Failure to Launch."
Zooey is making the jump to the small screen this fall in the new comedy, "New Girl," on Fox. She can also be seen in the Sundance hit "Our Idiot Brother."
On spending her spare time:
"I love old music, old movies, screwball comedies, vintage clothes, and basically I'm an old-fashioned gal."
On her personal life:
"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."
On her wild personality:
"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!'"