Zooey Deschanel

Zooey Deschanel

Date of Birth

Birthday: January 17
Birthplace: Los Angeles, CA

Zooey Deschanel stars as the quirky Jess Day on FOX’s, New Girl, a role that earned her a TV Guide Award for Favorite Actress and also a 2012 Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. She’s also known for her portrayal of Natalie Rochlin in Our Idiot Brother, as Summer in 500 Days of Summer, Allison in Yes Man, and as William Miller’s older sister in Cameron Crowe’s Almost Famous.

Zooey Deschanel stars as the quirky Jess Day on FOX’s, New Girl, a role that earned her a TV Guide Award for Favorite Actress and also a 2012 Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. She’s also known for her portrayal of Natalie Rochlin in Our Idiot Brother, as Summer in 500 Days of Summer, Allison in Yes Man, and as William Miller’s older sister in Cameron Crowe’s Almost Famous.

Deschanel is the daughter of Academy Award nominated cinematographer Caleb Deschanel (The Passion of the Christ) and Twin Peaks actress Mary Jo Deschanel. The actress is also a singer/songwriter who has sung in many of her roles, including Jovie in Elf.

She has also performed with actress Samantha Shelton (Monarch Cove) in the jazz cabaret act If All the Stars Were Pretty Babies and with M. Ward under the moniker She & Him.

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Awards & Nominations

1 Nomination
Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series - 2012
  • Nominee
  • Zooey Deschanel, as Jess Day
  • New Girl
  • FOX
  • Chernin Entertainment in association with Twentieth Century Fox Television
Zooey Deschanel of New Girl and Allison Williams Girls at the 66th Emmy Awards.
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Zooey Deschanel (l) of New Girl and Allison Williams (r) of Girls present an award at the 66th Emmy Awards.
Zooey Deschanel of New Girl arrives at the 66th Emmy Awards.
Zooey Deschanel, Emily Deschanel and Sir Elton John hang out in the Audi Green Room at the 65th Emmy Awards.
Emily Deschanel and Zooey Deschanel present Tony Hale with the award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy
Emily and Zooey Deschanel backstage at the 65th Emmys
Zooey Deschanel on the Red Carpet at the 65th Emmys
Zooey and Emily Deschanel on stage at the 65th Emmys
Emily Deschanel and Zooey Deschanel
Cat Deeley, Zooey Deschanel, Shannon Woodward
Lea Michele, Jonah Hill, Zooey Deschanel
Zooey Deschanel arrives at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards
Zooey Deschanel arrives at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards
Zooey Deschanel (L) and Mark Says Hi arrive at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards
Zooey Deschanel at the 2012 winter TCA conference in Pasadena, California.
Zooey Deschanel and Liz Meriwether at the 2012 winter TCA conference.
Zooey Deschanel at the 2012 winter TCA conference in Pasadena, California.
Zooey Deschanel and Liz Meriwether at the 2012 winter TCA conference.
New Girl star Zooey Deschanel at the 2012 winter TCA conference
Zooey Deschanel and Kiefer Sutherland attend the FOX Winter TCA All-Star Party
Zooey Deschanel and Kiefer Sutherland attend the FOX Winter TCA All-Star Party
Claire Danes (L) and Zooey Deschanel attend the Governors Ball
Joel McHale (L) and Zooey Deschanel attend the Governors Ball
Zooey Deschanel attends the Governors Ball during the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards
Zooey Deschanel (L) and Ben Gibbard (R) in the audience
Zooey Deschanel and Betty White during the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards
Will Arnett and Zooey Deschanel onstage at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre
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Zooey Deschanel of New Girl and Allison Williams Girls at the 66th Emmy Awards.
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Zooey Deschanel of New Girl and Allison Williams Girls at the 66th Emmy Awards.

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Louis C.K. accepts the award for outstanding writing for a comedy series from Zooey Deschanel (l) and Allison Williams (r) at the 66th Emmys.

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Zooey Deschanel (l) of New Girl and Allison Williams (r) of Girls present an award at the 66th Emmy Awards.
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Zooey Deschanel (l) of New Girl and Allison Williams (r) of Girls present an award at the 66th Emmy Awards.

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Zooey Deschanel of New Girl arrives at the 66th Emmy Awards.
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Zooey Deschanel of New Girl arrives at the 66th Emmy Awards.

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Zooey Deschanel

Zooey Deschanel, Emily Deschanel and Sir Elton John hang out in the Audi Green Room at the 65th Emmy Awards.
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Emily Deschanel and Zooey Deschanel present Tony Hale with the award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy
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Emily and Zooey Deschanel backstage at the 65th Emmys
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Zooey Deschanel on the Red Carpet at the 65th Emmys
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Zooey and Emily Deschanel on stage at the 65th Emmys
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Emily Deschanel and Zooey Deschanel
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Cat Deeley, Zooey Deschanel, Shannon Woodward
Lea Michele, Jonah Hill, Zooey Deschanel
Zooey Deschanel arrives at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards
Zooey Deschanel arrives at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards
Zooey Deschanel (L) and Mark Says Hi arrive at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards
Zooey Deschanel at the 2012 winter TCA conference in Pasadena, California.
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Zooey Deschanel and Liz Meriwether at the 2012 winter TCA conference.
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Zooey Deschanel at the 2012 winter TCA conference in Pasadena, California.
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Zooey Deschanel and Liz Meriwether at the 2012 winter TCA conference.
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New Girl star Zooey Deschanel at the 2012 winter TCA conference
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Zooey Deschanel and Kiefer Sutherland attend the FOX Winter TCA All-Star Party
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Zooey Deschanel and Kiefer Sutherland attend the FOX Winter TCA All-Star Party
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Claire Danes (L) and Zooey Deschanel attend the Governors Ball
Joel McHale (L) and Zooey Deschanel attend the Governors Ball
Zooey Deschanel attends the Governors Ball during the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards
Zooey Deschanel (L) and Ben Gibbard (R) in the audience
Zooey Deschanel and Betty White during the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards
Will Arnett and Zooey Deschanel onstage at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre
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