- Named for one of the two title characters in J.D. Salinger's Franny and Zooey.
- Was raised in a showbiz family, but her parents didn't allow her to pursue an acting career until she was old enough for a driver's license.
- First acting role came at age 16, when she played Little Red Riding Hood in Interact Theatre Company's production of Into the Woods.
- Attended high school with future costars Kate Hudson (Almost Famous) and Jake Gyllenhaal (The Good Girl).
- Played ukulele and sang in a cabaret band called If All the Stars Were Pretty Babies.
- Formed indie-music duo She and Him with M. Ward in 2006.
- Co-founder of Hello Giggles, an entertainment Web site geared toward women.
- 2012, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical: Nominee
- 2014, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical: Nominee
- 2013, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical: Nominee
- 2004, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Female Lead: Nominee
- 2012, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
- Elsie Otter — Daughter
- Caleb Deschanel — Father
- Emily Deschanel — Sister
- Mary Jo Deschanel — Mother
- Ben Gibbard — Ex-husband
- Jamie Linden — Ex-significant Other
- Jacob Pechenik — Husband
- Attended Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, United States
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- Birth Name: Zooey Claire Deschanel
- Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, United States
- Birthday: January 17, 1980, Capricorn
- Profession: Actor, Singer
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