Fast Facts

  • 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.
  • Cofounder of Hello Giggles, an entertainment Web site geared toward women.

Awards

  • 2012, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 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

Relationships

  • Emily Deschanel — Sister
  • Jamie Linden — Ex-significant Other
  • Jacob Pechenik — Fiancé
  • Mary Jo Deschanel — Mother
  • Caleb Deschanel — Father
  • Ben Gibbard — Ex-husband

College

  • Attended Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, United States

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Details

  • Birth Name: Zooey Claire Deschanel
  • Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, United States
  • Birthday: January 17, 1980, Capricorn
  • Profession: Actor, Singer
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