Zooey Deschanel

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Zooey Deschanel (2014)

Zooey Claire Deschanel (born January 17, 1980 in Los Angeles , California ) is an American actress and singer .


Zooey Deschanel was born into a family of filmmakers. Her parents are Oscar- nominated cameraman Caleb Deschanel and actress Mary Jo Deschanel , née Weir. Her older sister Emily is also an actress.

Deschanel was named after the male protagonist Zooey Glass from JD Salinger's 1961 novel Franny and Zooey . She attended the Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences in Santa Monica , where she made friends with Kate Hudson and Jake Gyllenhaal , among others . During the summer vacation she regularly attended a performing arts summer camp in Hancock, New York . Before she became a full-time actress, she studied for half a year at Northwestern University .

Deschanel got engaged to the musician Ben Gibbard on December 28, 2008 , they married in September 2009. The two separated on Halloween 2011 by mutual agreement. At the end of the year Deschanel filed for divorce due to “irreconcilable differences” was executed by a Los Angeles court .

In January 2015 Deschanel got engaged to the producer Jacob Pechenik, whom she married in June 2015. The couple became parents to a daughter in August 2015 and a son in 2017. The couple separated in September 2019 and divorced in June 2020.



Deschanel made her debut in front of the camera in 1998 in an episode of Veronica's Closet . In 1999 she had a supporting role in the comedy Dr. Mumford by Lawrence Kasdan . That same year she also appeared in the music video She's Got Issues by The Offspring . She had her first major role in the film Almost Famous (2000) as Anita Miller .

In the independent film The Good Girl (2002) with Jennifer Aniston in the lead role, Deschanel played a bored supermarket cashier. At the Mar Del Plata Film Festival in 2003 she was named best actress in the role of Noel in the drama All the Real Girls (2003). She was also nominated for the Independent Spirit Awards 2004 for the same film .

In 2005, she played in the film adaptation The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy , the Trillian . In the love comedy seduced to undress (2006) she played Kit , the roommate of the protagonist ( Sarah Jessica Parker ). In Andrew Dominik's western drama The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007) with Brad Pitt and Mary-Louise Parker , Deschanel played a dancer who had an affair with Robert Ford ( Casey Affleck ). In the same year she played a supporting role in Bridge to Terabithia .

A year later, she starred in Jim Carrey's comedy The Yes Man. In 2009 she played the lead female role alongside Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the independent love film (500) Days of Summer . For her portrayal of Summer Finn , a young woman who does not believe in love or relationships, Deschanel was nominated for the Satellite Award for best actress. Also in 2009 Deschanel starred alongside her sister Emily in her hit series Bones . There she played the main character's cousin.

From 2011 to 2018 Deschanel played the title character Jessica "Jess" Day in the Fox - Sitcom New Girl , for which she received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Series - Comedy or Musical . Deschanel wrote and sang the theme song Hey Girl for the series.


Zooey Deschanel in Nashville (2008)

Together with fellow actor Samantha Shelton , Deschanel forms the cabaret group If All the Stars Were Pretty Babies , which performs sporadically in and around Los Angeles. Deschanel sings songs from Buddy - The Christmas Elf , among others .

Together with the musician M. Ward , Deschanel forms the indie duet She & Him ; she plays the ukulele and the piano . The debut album was released in March 2008 under the name Volume One . Her second album Volume Two was released in March 2010. In October 2011, the Christmas album A Very She & Him Christmas was released . In May 2013, the duet released the album Volume 3 . Her album Classics was released on November 23, 2014.

Deschanel runs an entertainment website , HelloGiggles.com , with producer Sophia Rossi and writer Molly McAleer , to which she also contributes her own songs.

In March 2014 published Deschanel with the US musician Prince to download - Single Fallinlove2nite .

Filmography (selection)


  • 2011: Hey girl
  • 2014: Fallinlove2nite (featuring Prince )
  • 2020: 1 4 U ( Steve Aoki featuring Zooey Deschanel)

Awards and nominations

year Award category Nominee work Result
2003 Festival Internacional de Cine de Mar del Plata Best Actress All the real girls Won
2004 Chlotrudis Award Best Actress Nominated
2004 Independent Spirit Award Best female lead Nominated
2009 Satellite Award Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy (500) Days of Summer Nominated
2011 Satellite Award Best Performance by an Actress in a Musical or Comedy Television Series New girl Nominated
2012 Golden Globe Award Best Actress - Television Series Musical or Comedy Nominated
Grammy Awards Best Song Written for Visual Media So long Nominated
Teen Choice Award Choice fashion icon Zooey Deschanel Nominated
Teen Choice Award Choice Actress: Comedy New girl Nominated
Critics' Choice Television Award Best Comedy Actress Won
The Comedy Award Comedy Actress Nominated
TV Guide Award Favorite Actress Won
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
2013 People's Choice Award Favorite TV Comedy Actress Nominated
2013 Golden Globe Award Best Actress - Television Series Musical or Comedy Nominated

Web links

Commons : Zooey Deschanel  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Zooey Deschanel gets engaged! inTouch , December 29, 2008, accessed January 18, 2012 .
  2. Zooey Deschanel Gets Married. People , September 21, 2009, accessed January 18, 2012 .
  3. Lenka Hladikova: New Girl: Zooey Deschanel has filed for divorce. Serienjunkies.de , January 5, 2012, accessed on January 18, 2012 .
  4. Zooey Deschanel: Officially Divorced 12/17/2012 5:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
  5. Solo again at 32 - Zooey Deschanel is divorced on n-tv.de on Tuesday, December 18, 2012
  6. Lenka Hladikova: New Girl: Zooey Deschanel is engaged . In: Serienjunkies.de . January 22, 2015. Accessed January 24, 2015.
  7. Megan Fox to sub for Zooey Deschanel on 'New Girl' . In: cnn.com . September 18, 2015. Accessed June 26, 2020.
  8. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-3184566/Zooey-Deschanel-gives-birth-daughter-reveals-secretly-wed-Jacob-Pechenik.html
  9. Zooey Deschanel and Jacob Pechenik Welcome Son Charlie Wolf . In: people.com . May 9, 2017. Retrieved November 5, 2019.
  10. Zooey Deschanel and Jacob Pechenik Split After 4 Years of Marriage: We're 'Better Off as Friends' . September 6, 2019. Retrieved November 5, 2019.
  11. ^ Natalie Stone: Zooey Deschanel and Jacob Pechenik Finalize Their Divorce 9 Months After Announcing Split . In: People.com . June 24, 2020. Accessed June 25, 2020.
  12. She & Him reveal “Volume Two” details! Merge Records, December 2009, accessed June 1, 2011 .
  13. 'A Very She And Him Christmas' available in Stores and Online today. Sheandhim.com, October 24, 2011, accessed January 18, 2012 .
  14. 'Classics' available in Stores and Online today. Sheandhim.com, November 23, 2014, accessed February 2, 2015 .
  15. Lenka Hladikova: Five Facts: Zooey Deschanel was afraid of her sister as a child. Serienjunkies.de, January 7, 2012, accessed on January 18, 2012 .
  16. Prince: new single with Zooey Deschanel and 3rdEyeGirl - "FALLINLOVE2NITE" is the name of Prince's new single, for which he has brought US actress Zooey Deschanel as a guest singer. by Markus Brandstetter on rollingstone.de from March 18, 2014