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ZOOEY DESCHANEL is an entertainer in every sense of the word, bringing the classical leading lady back to the modern audience with her old fashioned charm. Lauded as "timeless”, "vintage” and "ethereal,” Deschanel's recent starring roles in (500) DAYS OF SUMMER, opposite Joseph Gordon Levitt, and YES MAN, opposite Jim Carrey, have cemented her place as a mainstream presence with a handle for nuance. Cinemaphiles have long known Deschanel for her breakout performance in Cameron Crowe's ensemble film ALMOST FAMOUS, opposite Billy Crudup, Kate Hudson and Frances McDormand, and ALL THE REAL GIRLS, for which she received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Lead Actress. Indie film buffs often cite Deschanel's depth in films like THE GOOD GIRL with Jennifer Aniston and EULOGY with Debra Winger and Ray Romano, and kids of all ages fell in love with her memorable theatrical and vocal performances in the instant Christmas classic ELF, opposite Will Ferrell for director Jon Favreau. Now television audiences will come to know Deschanel for her hilarious and touching portrayal as she stars as Jess in Fox's new tentpole series, "New Girl” (for which she will also serve as producer). Deschanel's music has only added to her performance tapestry. Her latest album She & Him: Volume 2 debuted at #6 on the Billboard Top 200 and was one of the most critically acclaimed albums in 2010.

Deschanel made her feature film debut in 1999 in Lawrence Kasdan's ensemble drama MUMFORD. She played the loveable sidekick, Kit, in FAILURE TO LAUNCH with Matthew McConaughey and Sarah Jessica Parker and starred in the box office hit, HITCHHIKERS GUIDE TO THE GALAXY with Sam Rockwell, Mos Def and John Malkovich.

Deschanel was seen in the Walt Disney film, BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA based on the Newberry Award-winning children's novel, and she provided the voice of a surfing penguin alongside Shia LaBeouf and Jeff Bridges in the animated hit movie SURF'S UP. She also co-starred in THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD opposite Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck, in addition to the independent films LIVE FREE OR DIE with Aaron Stanford; GIGANTIC with Paul Dano; FLAKES with Aaron Stanford; THE GO-GETTER with Lou Taylor-Pucci; THE GOOD LIFE for writer/director Stephen Berra; and Adam Rapp's WINTER PASSING, opposite Will Ferrell and Ed Harris.

Deschanel starred with Mark Wahlberg in the thriller THE HAPPENING; ABANDON for director Stephen Gaghan; BIG TROUBLE for director Barry Sonnenfeld; the period comedy YOUR HIGHNESS, opposite Natalie Portman and James Franco; and the hit Sci-Fi Channel Emmy® Award-nominated mini-series TIN MAN.

In addition to Deschanel's work onscreen, she has earned rave reviews and popular acclaim for her collaboration with M. Ward on her band, She & Him. Pitchfork Media said, "She & Him has given Deschanel her best role yet, one that shows off her charm and intelligence to the best effect-- one that she is essentially writing for herself.” Music, having always been a passion for Deschanel, has produced two albums: Volume 1 and Volume 2, boasting 21 original songs written by Deschanel and covers of four of her personal favorites. She & Him has sold out tours in the US, UK and Europe.

Deschanel is the face of Rimmel Cosmetics and has starred in two campaigns for Cotton for which she also lent original music. She is co-creator and a frequent contributor to the website HelloGiggles. Next up is Disney's WINNIE THE POOH, for which Deschanel sang the classic Sherman Brothers theme song and wrote and performed original music.

Deschanel, who was named for the male character in J. D. Salinger's Franny and Zooey, spent much of her childhood on-location with her actress mother, Mary Jo, and her father Caleb, an Academy Award®-nominated cinematographer. She credits her father with instilling in her a keen visual sense and great style.


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