Zooey Deschanel

Zooey Claire Deschanel (born January 17, 1980) is an American actress, model, and singer-songwriter. She made her film debut in Mumford (1999) and next obtained a supporting role in Cameron Crowe's film Almost Famous (2000). Deschanel is known for her deadpan roles in comedy films such as The Good Girl (2002), The New Guy (2002), Elf (2003), The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005), Failure to Launch (2006), Yes Man (2008) and 500 Days of Summer (2009). She has ventured into more dramatic territory with Manic (2001), All the Real Girls (2003), Winter Passing (2005), and Bridge to Terabithia (2007). From 2011 to 2018, she played Jessica Day on the Fox sitcom New Girl, for which she received an Emmy Award nomination and three Golden Globe Award nominations. For a few years starting in 2001, Deschanel performed in the jazz cabaret act If All the Stars Were Pretty Babies with actress Samantha Shelton. In 2006, Deschanel teamed up with M. Ward to form She & Him, and subsequently released their debut album, Volume One, in 2008. They have since released five albums: Volume Two, in 2010, A Very She & Him Christmas in 2011, Volume 3 in 2013, Classics in 2014, and Christmas Party in 2016. She received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Song Written for Visual Media for "So Long", which was featured in the 2011 film Winnie the Pooh soundtrack. Besides singing, she plays keyboards, percussion, banjo, and ukulele. Deschanel is also a co-founder of the female-focused website ...

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Elf (2003)

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When young Buddy falls into Santa's gift sack on Christmas Eve, he's transported back to the North Pole and raised as a toy-making elf by Santa's helpers. But as he grows into adulthood, he can't shake the nagging feeling that he doesn't belong. Buddy vows to visit ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jon Favreau
CAST:  Will Ferrell  •  Zooey Deschanel  •  Daniel Tay  •  James Caan

When young Buddy falls into Santa's gift sack on Christmas Eve, he's transported back to the North Pole and raised as a toy-making elf by Santa's helpers. But as he grows into adulthood, he can't shake the nagging feeling that he doesn't belong. Buddy vows to visit ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jon Favreau
CAST:  Will Ferrell  •  Zooey Deschanel  •  Daniel Tay  •  James Caan

Yes Man (2008)

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Carl Allen has stumbled across a way to shake free of post-divorce blues and a dead-end job: embrace life and say yes to everything.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peyton Reed
CAST:  Jim Carrey  •  Zooey Deschanel  •  Rhys Darby  •  Sasha Alexander

Carl Allen has stumbled across a way to shake free of post-divorce blues and a dead-end job: embrace life and say yes to everything.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peyton Reed
CAST:  Jim Carrey  •  Zooey Deschanel  •  Rhys Darby  •  Sasha Alexander

(500) Days of Summer (2009)

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Tom, greeting-card writer and hopeless romantic, is caught completely off-guard when his girlfriend, Summer, suddenly dumps him. He reflects on their 500 days together to try to figure out where their love affair went sour, and in doing so, Tom rediscovers his true ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Marc Webb
CAST:  Joseph Gordon-Levitt  •  Zooey Deschanel  •  Chloë Grace Moretz  •  Geoffrey Arend

Tom, greeting-card writer and hopeless romantic, is caught completely off-guard when his girlfriend, Summer, suddenly dumps him. He reflects on their 500 days together to try to figure out where their love affair went sour, and in doing so, Tom rediscovers his true ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Marc Webb
CAST:  Joseph Gordon-Levitt  •  Zooey Deschanel  •  Chloë Grace Moretz  •  Geoffrey Arend

Abandon (2002)

A psychological thriller about a senior at one of America's most prestigious universities. Under enormous pressure to complete her thesis and earn a top job at one of the world's most competitive consulting firms, Katie is still coping with the sudden unexplained ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Gaghan
CAST:  Katie Holmes  •  Benjamin Bratt  •  Charlie Hunnam  •  Zooey Deschanel

A psychological thriller about a senior at one of America's most prestigious universities. Under enormous pressure to complete her thesis and earn a top job at one of the world's most competitive consulting firms, Katie is still coping with the sudden unexplained ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Gaghan
CAST:  Katie Holmes  •  Benjamin Bratt  •  Charlie Hunnam  •  Zooey Deschanel

All the Real Girls (2003)

In a sleepy little mill town in North Carolina, Paul is the town Romeo. But when his best friend's sister returns home from boarding school, he finds himself falling for her innocent charm. In spite of her lack of experience and the violent protests of her brother, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Gordon Green
CAST:  Paul Schneider  •  Zooey Deschanel  •  Danny McBride  •  Maurice Compte

In a sleepy little mill town in North Carolina, Paul is the town Romeo. But when his best friend's sister returns home from boarding school, he finds himself falling for her innocent charm. In spite of her lack of experience and the violent protests of her brother, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Gordon Green
CAST:  Paul Schneider  •  Zooey Deschanel  •  Danny McBride  •  Maurice Compte

Almost Famous (2000)

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In 1973, 15-year-old William Miller's unabashed love of music and aspiration to become a rock journalist lands him an assignment from Rolling Stone magazine to interview and tour with the up-and-coming band, Stillwater.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Cameron Crowe
CAST:  Kate Hudson  •  Billy Crudup  •  Frances McDormand  •  Jason Lee

In 1973, 15-year-old William Miller's unabashed love of music and aspiration to become a rock journalist lands him an assignment from Rolling Stone magazine to interview and tour with the up-and-coming band, Stillwater.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Cameron Crowe
CAST:  Kate Hudson  •  Billy Crudup  •  Frances McDormand  •  Jason Lee

Big Trouble (2002)

The story of how a mysterious suitcase brings together, and changes, the lives of a divorced dad, an unhappy housewife, two hitmen, a pair of street thugs, two love struck teens, two FBI men and a psychedelic toad. Based on Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist Dave ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Barry Sonnenfeld
CAST:  Tim Allen  •  Rene Russo  •  Patrick Warburton  •  Ben Foster

The story of how a mysterious suitcase brings together, and changes, the lives of a divorced dad, an unhappy housewife, two hitmen, a pair of street thugs, two love struck teens, two FBI men and a psychedelic toad. Based on Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist Dave ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Barry Sonnenfeld
CAST:  Tim Allen  •  Rene Russo  •  Patrick Warburton  •  Ben Foster

Eulogy (2004)

A black comedy that follows three generations of a family, who come together for the funeral of the patriarch - unveiling a litany of family secrets and covert relationships.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Clancy
CAST:  Hank Azaria  •  Jesse Bradford  •  Zooey Deschanel  •  Glenne Headly

A black comedy that follows three generations of a family, who come together for the funeral of the patriarch - unveiling a litany of family secrets and covert relationships.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Clancy
CAST:  Hank Azaria  •  Jesse Bradford  •  Zooey Deschanel  •  Glenne Headly

Failure to Launch (2006)

Tripp, an attractive man in his thirties, is still living with his parents Al and Sue. Tripp's best friends Demo and Ace are also still living in their parents' homes and seem proud of it. Al and Sue are not happy, however, and are fascinated when friends whose ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tom Dey
CAST:  Matthew McConaughey  •  Sarah Jessica Parker  •  Zooey Deschanel  •  Justin Bartha

Tripp, an attractive man in his thirties, is still living with his parents Al and Sue. Tripp's best friends Demo and Ace are also still living in their parents' homes and seem proud of it. Al and Sue are not happy, however, and are fascinated when friends whose ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tom Dey
CAST:  Matthew McConaughey  •  Sarah Jessica Parker  •  Zooey Deschanel  •  Justin Bartha

Mumford (1999)

In the small town of Mumford, a psychologist of the same name moves in and quickly becomes very popular, despite a questionable past.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lawrence Kasdan
CAST:  Loren Dean  •  Hope Davis  •  Jason Lee  •  Alfre Woodard

In the small town of Mumford, a psychologist of the same name moves in and quickly becomes very popular, despite a questionable past.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lawrence Kasdan
CAST:  Loren Dean  •  Hope Davis  •  Jason Lee  •  Alfre Woodard

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)

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Outlaw Jesse James is rumored to be the 'fastest gun in the West'. An eager recruit into James' notorious gang, Robert Ford eventually grows jealous of the famed outlaw and, when Robert and his brother sense an opportunity to kill James, their murderous action ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Andrew Dominik
CAST:  Brad Pitt  •  Mary-Louise Parker  •  Brooklynn Proulx  •  Dustin Bollinger

Outlaw Jesse James is rumored to be the 'fastest gun in the West'. An eager recruit into James' notorious gang, Robert Ford eventually grows jealous of the famed outlaw and, when Robert and his brother sense an opportunity to kill James, their murderous action ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Andrew Dominik
CAST:  Brad Pitt  •  Mary-Louise Parker  •  Brooklynn Proulx  •  Dustin Bollinger

The Good Girl (2002)

A discount store clerk strikes up an affair with a stock boy who considers himself the incarnation of Holden Caulfield.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Miguel Arteta
CAST:  Jennifer Aniston  •  Deborah Rush  •  Mike White  •  John Carroll Lynch

A discount store clerk strikes up an affair with a stock boy who considers himself the incarnation of Holden Caulfield.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Miguel Arteta
CAST:  Jennifer Aniston  •  Deborah Rush  •  Mike White  •  John Carroll Lynch

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005)

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Mere seconds before the Earth is to be demolished by an alien construction crew, Arthur Dent is swept off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher penning a new edition of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy."  (more)

DIRECTION:  Garth Jennings
CAST:  John Malkovich  •  Sam Rockwell  •  Yasiin Bey  •  Helen Mirren

Mere seconds before the Earth is to be demolished by an alien construction crew, Arthur Dent is swept off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher penning a new edition of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy."  (more)

DIRECTION:  Garth Jennings
CAST:  John Malkovich  •  Sam Rockwell  •  Yasiin Bey  •  Helen Mirren

The New Guy (2002)

Nerdy high school senior Dizzy Harrison has finally gotten lucky -- after purposely getting expelled, he takes lessons in 'badass cool' from a convict and enrolls at a new school. But can he keep up the ruse?  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ed Decter
CAST:  DJ Qualls  •  Lyle Lovett  •  Eliza Dushku  •  Zooey Deschanel

Nerdy high school senior Dizzy Harrison has finally gotten lucky -- after purposely getting expelled, he takes lessons in 'badass cool' from a convict and enrolls at a new school. But can he keep up the ruse?  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ed Decter
CAST:  DJ Qualls  •  Lyle Lovett  •  Eliza Dushku  •  Zooey Deschanel

Surf's Up (2007)

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Cody is a surfing penguin from Shiverpool who dreams of making it big and being like his idol Big Z. On his journey, he discovers his talents are not all he thinks they are, and he must learn to accept that there is more to surfing than fame and fortune.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chris Buck  •  Ash Brannon
CAST:  Shia LaBeouf  •  Jeff Bridges  •  Zooey Deschanel  •  Jon Heder

Cody is a surfing penguin from Shiverpool who dreams of making it big and being like his idol Big Z. On his journey, he discovers his talents are not all he thinks they are, and he must learn to accept that there is more to surfing than fame and fortune.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chris Buck  •  Ash Brannon
CAST:  Shia LaBeouf  •  Jeff Bridges  •  Zooey Deschanel  •  Jon Heder

Whatever We Do (2003)

Twenty margaritas and 10 shots of tequila, with a few ounces of debauchery, bring four friends closer to the truth than they have been for years.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kevin Connolly
CAST:  Tim Roth  •  Robert Downey Jr.  •  Amanda Peet  •  Zooey Deschanel

Twenty margaritas and 10 shots of tequila, with a few ounces of debauchery, bring four friends closer to the truth than they have been for years.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kevin Connolly
CAST:  Tim Roth  •  Robert Downey Jr.  •  Amanda Peet  •  Zooey Deschanel

These Amazing Shadows (2011)

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Tells the history and importance of The National Film Registry, a roll call of American cinema treasures that reflects the diversity of film, and indeed the American experience itself.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Mariano  •  Kurt Norton
CAST:  Jeff Adachi  •  James H. Billington  •  Robin Blaetz  •  Brooks Boliek

Tells the history and importance of The National Film Registry, a roll call of American cinema treasures that reflects the diversity of film, and indeed the American experience itself.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Mariano  •  Kurt Norton
CAST:  Jeff Adachi  •  James H. Billington  •  Robin Blaetz  •  Brooks Boliek

Rock the Kasbah (2015)

A washed-up music producer finds one last shot at redemption with a golden-voiced young girl in Afghanistan. However, when jealousy gets the better of a disgruntled ex-boyfriend, he decides to oppose the young star with talent of his own.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Barry Levinson
CAST:  Danny McBride  •  Kate Hudson  •  Zooey Deschanel  •  Bill Murray

A washed-up music producer finds one last shot at redemption with a golden-voiced young girl in Afghanistan. However, when jealousy gets the better of a disgruntled ex-boyfriend, he decides to oppose the young star with talent of his own.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Barry Levinson
CAST:  Danny McBride  •  Kate Hudson  •  Zooey Deschanel  •  Bill Murray

Letters to Jackie: Remembering President Kennedy (2013)

Revisits President John F. Kennedy's presidential legacy through 21 of the more than 800,000 condolence letters written to Jackie Kennedy after JFK's assassination. Based on a book by Ellen Fitzpatrick  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bill Couturié
CAST:  Anne Hathaway  •  Bérénice Bejo  •  Michelle Williams  •  Kirsten Dunst

Revisits President John F. Kennedy's presidential legacy through 21 of the more than 800,000 condolence letters written to Jackie Kennedy after JFK's assassination. Based on a book by Ellen Fitzpatrick  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bill Couturié
CAST:  Anne Hathaway  •  Bérénice Bejo  •  Michelle Williams  •  Kirsten Dunst

Winter Passing (2006)

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Actress Reese Holden has been offered a small fortune by a book editor if she can secure for publication the love letters that her father, a reclusive novelist, wrote to her mother, who has since passed away. Returning to Michigan, Reese finds that an ex-grad ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Adam Rapp
CAST:  Zooey Deschanel  •  Will Ferrell  •  Ed Harris  •  Amy Madigan

Actress Reese Holden has been offered a small fortune by a book editor if she can secure for publication the love letters that her father, a reclusive novelist, wrote to her mother, who has since passed away. Returning to Michigan, Reese finds that an ex-grad ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Adam Rapp
CAST:  Zooey Deschanel  •  Will Ferrell  •  Ed Harris  •  Amy Madigan
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