ZOOEY DESCHANEL (Bridget), an Emmy Award, Golden Globe Award
and Grammy Award nominee and Critics' Choice Award winner, is an entertainer in
every sense of the word, bringing the classical leading lady to the modern
audience with her old-fashioned charm. Lauded as timeless, vintage and ethereal,
Deschanel's starring roles in (500) Days of Summer, opposite Joseph
Gordon-Levitt, and Yes Man, opposite Jim Carrey, cemented her place as a
mainstream presence with a handle for nuance.
Movie lovers 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 Best Female Lead. Indie film buffs often cite
Deschanel's depth in films such as The Good Girl, with Jennifer Aniston, and
Eulogy, with Debra Winger and Ray Romano. Of course, kids of all ages fell in
love with her memorable performance in the instant Christmas classic Elf,
opposite Will Ferrell.
Deschanel's side-gig as a musical artist has only added to her reputation. Her
most recent album with collaborator M. Ward, She & Him: Classics, was released
For her lead role as Jess on New Girl, Deschanel was nominated for an Emmy Award
for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. In 2012, she won the Critics'
Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series (tying with Amy
Poehler) and was nominated for three Golden Globe Awards for Best Performance by
an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical. Always creatively
evolving, Deschanel will now add Director to her list of titles as she makes her
directorial debut with New Girl's Season 6 premiere episode.
Deschanel made her feature film debut in 1999, in Lawrence Kasdan's ensemble
drama Mumford. In Failure to Launch, with Matthew McConaughey and Sarah Jessica
Parker, she played the endearing sidekick Kit. Deschanel also starred in
Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, with Sam Rockwell, Mos Def and John Malkovich,
and was seen in Bridge to Terabithia, based on the Newberry Award-winning
children's novel. She provided the voice of a surfing penguin alongside Shia
LaBeouf and Jeff Bridges in the hit animated movie Surf's Up and starred in the
indie ensemble comedy Our Idiot Brother with Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Emily
Mortimer and Rashida Jones.
Deschanel was featured in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert
Ford, opposite Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck and Rock the Kasbah alongside Bill
Murray and Bruce Willis.
Other feature credits include Live Free or Die, Gigantic, Flakes, The Go-Getter,
The Good Life, Winter Passing, The Happening, Abandon, Big Trouble, Your
Highness and Driftless Area, as well as the Emmy Award-nominated cable
miniseries Tin Man.
Deschanel's work with She & Him has produced five albums, with a sixth coming
this holiday season: Volume 1, Volume 2, A Very She & Him Christmas, Volume 3
and Classics. The band has sold out tours in the U.S., U.K. and Europe.
Additionally, Deschanel earned a Grammy Award nomination for her original song,
"So Long," written for the feature animated film Winnie the Pooh, for which she
also sang the classic Sherman Brothers' theme song. Country music legend Loretta
Lynn announced from the stage of Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium, during
the live music series Opry Country Classics, that she has chosen Deschanel to
portray her in an upcoming Broadway-bound stage adaptation of Coal Miner's
Deschanel collaborated with Tommy Hilfiger on a line of dresses, bags and
accessories titled To Tommy, From Zooey. The fashion line, sold at Macy's and
Tommy Hilfiger, landed to great success with multiple styles selling out on the
first on-sale date. She has been the face of Pantene and Rimmel Cosmetics. She
starred in a commercial for iPhone's Siri application, and she has two campaigns
for Cotton, to which she also lent original music. Deschanel also is co-creator
and a frequent contributor to the website HelloGiggles.
A Los Angeles native, Deschanel was named for the male character in J. D.
Salinger's Franny and Zooey. She spent much of her childhood on-location with
her actress mother, Mary Jo, and her father, Caleb, an Academy Award-nominated
cinematographer. Deschanel credits her father with instilling in her a keen
visual sense and great style.
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