Zooey Deschanel
American actress, musician, and singer-songwriter
Zooey Deschanel
'Zooey Claire Deschanel is an American actress, musician, and singer-songwriter. In 1999, Deschanel made her film debut in Mumford, followed by her breakout role as young protagonist William Miller's rebellious older sister Anita in Cameron Crowe's 2000 semi-autobiographical film Almost Famous.
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Grammy Nominations 2017 Include Beyoncé And Adele
Huffington Post - 3 months
Awards season is about to begin and music’s biggest night will be here before you know it. On Tuesday morning, the Recording Academy announced the nominees for the 59th annual Grammy Awards.  Last year’s Best New Artist, Meghan Trainor, got things rolling by revealing the general field awards on “CBS This Morning,” and more nominations were announced throughout the day.  Beyoncé leads with nine nominations, while Drake and Rihanna follow close behind with eight each. Meanwhile, Chance the Rapper is nominated for seven awards and Adele earned herself five noms.  Head over to Grammy.com for a full list of all the nominations for 2017: Album Of The Year: 25 — Adele Lemonade — Beyoncé Purpose — Justin Bieber Views — Drake A Sailor’s Guide To Earth — Sturgill Simpson   Song Of The Year: “Formation”— Khalif Brown, Asheton Hogan, Beyoncé Knowles, Michael L. Williams II, songwriters (Beyoncé) “Hello” — Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Adele) “I Took A Pill In I ...
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What do She & Him want for Christmas? 'Real instruments' played by humans
LATimes - 3 months
It’s not that Zooey Deschanel thinks Mariah Carey’s signature holiday standard is a terrible song. In truth, it’s just the sound of “All I Want for Christmas Is You” — those lacquered synths and booming drums — that turns off the singer and actress best known as the star of the hit Fox sitcom “New...
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Watch Jon Stewart fondly recall his Twitter war with Donald Trump
Yahoo News - 4 months
Remember the good old days, when Twitter wars were just Twitter battles, when fighting on the platform was something we laughed at, not something we discussed at presidential debates? Haha — those days are gone. During Tuesday's Stand Up for Heroes Event in New York City, John Stewart couldn't help but reminisce about his Twitter encounter with Donald Trump in 2013, when the business mogul called him "a pussy." Zooey Deschanel teams up with James Corden for powerful duet about a glove Vin Diesel kicks ass, gets the girl, looks dope in trailer for new 'xXx' 'Gifted' trailer pairs Chris Evans with real-life girlfriend Jenny Slate Samantha Bee is trying to prove that Donald Trump is illiterate
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Zooey Deschanel Does Her Best Trump Impression On 'New Girl'
Huffington Post - 5 months
The latest episode of “New Girl” airs Tuesday night, and we already know it’s going to be huuuuuuge. The second episode in Season 6 will take on the 2016 presidential election, with Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and Cece (Hannah Simone) hitting the campaign trail in support of Hillary Clinton. At one point, Jess even does her best Donald Trump impression, seemingly as a way to sway people not to vote for the reality-TV-star-turned-politician. Judging by the episode’s promo and the photo below, we’d say she nailed it.  In a new clip for the episode shared by Entertainment Weekly on Tuesday, Jess and Cece talk politics with Schmidt (Max Greenfield), who presents a challenge to the women: If they can get five new voters, he’ll vote for Hillary, and if they lose, they have to vote for Winston (Lamorne Morris).   Jess, not one to back down from a challenge, willfully accepts, telling her well-coiffed roommate, “Game on, you Republican minx!”  “New Girl” creator L ...
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TV This Week, Aug. 28-Sept. 3: 'You're the Worst' and more
LATimes - 6 months
  SUNDAY  Empowering young people is what it’s all about on a new edition of the star-studded special “WE Day.” With Paula Abdul, Zooey Deschanel, Selena Gomez, Jennifer Hudson, Joe Jonas, Demi Lovato, Natalie Portman, Seth Rogen, Charlize Theron, et al. 7 p.m. ABC “I Miss Downton Abbey!” — perhaps...
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13 Celebrity Moms Who Are Hilariously Real About Motherhood On Twitter
Huffington Post - 10 months
Being a mom is a hard job -- they take care of us, show us the ropes, provide for us, clean up after us, lose sleep over us and love us. But sometimes, as these celebrity mothers know, the only thing that makes the exhausting job a little easier is a good sense of humor. Because if you can't laugh about cleaning baby poop out of the car, what can you do? In honor of Mother's Day, we're giving a little shout out to these celebrity moms who've gotten hilarious real about motherhood on Twitter.  Chrissy Teigen no one told me i would be coming home in diapers too — christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) April 20, 2016 i just realized that when luna's teacher asks how many legs a dog has, she will really not be sure — christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) April 20, 2016 Britney Spears At it again... Having more fun than my kids lol pic.twitter.com/3EnU15u9zc — Britney Spears (@britneyspears) April 20, 2016 Tyra Banks Take a ...
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Zooey Deschanel explains daughter Elsie Otter's name
LATimes - 12 months
Zooey Deschanel is keeping her infant daughter out of the public eye, but that doesn't mean she won't gush about her on national television. The "New Girl" star appeared on Thursday's "Ellen DeGeneres Show" and briefed the host on her mommy duties and daughter Elsie Otter, whom she welcomed with...
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Zooey Deschanel explains daughter Elsie Otter's name
LATimes - 12 months
Zooey Deschanel is keeping her infant daughter out of the public eye, but that doesn't mean she won't gush about her on national television. The "New Girl" star appeared on Thursday's "Ellen DeGeneres Show" and briefed the host on her mommy duties and daughter Elsie Otter, whom she welcomed with...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Zooey Deschanel
    THIRTIES
  • 2015
    Age 35
    In January 2015, she confirmed their engagement. On June 21, 2015, they were secretly married in Texas, as court records later revealed.
    More Details Hide Details In July that same year, she gave birth to their daughter Elsie Otter. Studio albums Soundtracks
    Deschanel is also a co-founder of the female-focused website HelloGiggles, which was acquired by Time, Inc. in 2015.
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  • 2014
    Age 34
    In 2014, Deschanel began dating producer Jacob Pechenik.
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  • 2012
    Age 32
    On September 21, 2012, it was announced that Deschanel was producing the comedy Must Be Nice, written by New Girl consulting producer J. J. Philbin.
    More Details Hide Details Deschanel is allergic to eggs, dairy, and wheat gluten. She used to be a vegan which, according to a March 2010 interview with Health magazine, she had to give up because her food sensitivities made it too difficult for her to stay healthy on a vegan diet. A year prior to giving up her vegan diet, she was featured on episode eight of season one of Bravo's Top Chef Masters, in which the chefs participating in the competition were challenged to cater a vegan lunch party for her family and friends using no eggs, dairy, soy or gluten. Deschanel has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
    During a May 2012 performance at the Ryman Auditorium, country music singer Loretta Lynn announced that she was in the development stages of creating a Broadway musical from her autobiography and Deschanel would play the title role.
    More Details Hide Details Lynn said, " there's a little girl back stage that's going to do the play of 'Coal Miner's Daughter' on Broadway." She then brought Deschanel onstage and the two sang a duet of the title song.
    In 2012, she was featured in a commercial for the iPhone 4S (Siri).
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  • 2011
    Age 31
    Deschanel subsequently filed for divorce on December 27, 2011, citing "irreconcilable differences." The divorce was finalized on December 12, 2012.
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    Deschanel contributed a cover of Buddy Holly's "It's So Easy" for the tribute album Listen to Me: Buddy Holly, released on September 6, 2011.
    More Details Hide Details She had previously appeared on Rave On Buddy Holly with She & Him performing "Oh, Boy! ", released in June 2011.
    On October 23, 2011, Deschanel performed "The Star-Spangled Banner" before game four of the World Series between the Texas Rangers and the St. Louis Cardinals at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas.
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    In May 2011, after the success of her HelloGiggles YouTube channel, Deschanel, along with producer Sophia Rossi and writer Molly McAleer, founded the website HelloGiggles.com, an entertainment website geared towards women.
    More Details Hide Details HelloGiggles.com was acquired by Time, Inc. in 2015. On September 27, 1999, Deschanel starred as herself in the music video "She's Got Issues" for The Offspring. Deschanel was a judge for the ninth Independent Music Awards. In 2005, she modeled for Chanel and Clements Ribeiro. She has signed on to represent Rimmel.
    On December 28, 2011, she and Joseph Gordon-Levitt recorded an informal version of "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?
    More Details Hide Details " for her HelloGiggles YouTube channel. It was immensely popular and within four days had over 6 million views. Deschanel is also featured on She & Him bandmate M. Ward's sixth solo album, A Wasteland Companion. Deschanel appeared as a guest vocalist on Brian Wilson's album No Pier Pressure.
    A Very She & Him Christmas was announced on Pitchfork.com in September 2011.
    More Details Hide Details The 12-track Christmas album was released October 25, 2011, under Merge Records.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2010
    Age 30
    Deschanel performed "God Bless America" during the seventh-inning stretch in game three of the National League Championship Series between the Philadelphia Phillies and San Francisco Giants on October 19, 2010 at AT&T Park in San Francisco.
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    Deschanel and M. Ward both featured on The Place We Ran From, the 2010 album by Snow Patrol member Gary Lightbody's side project, Tired Pony.
    More Details Hide Details Deschanel contributed vocals to the tracks "Get on the Road" and "Point Me at Lost Islands", while M. Ward contributed vocals and guitar to the track "Held in the Arms of Your Words" and guitar to the track "That Silver Necklace". Deschanel recorded "The Fabric of My Life" for a 2009 advertising campaign for Cotton Incorporated.
    In the spring of 2010, She & Him went on tour in the USA and Europe to promote the album.
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    On March 23, 2010, the second She & Him album, Volume Two, was released.
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    In 2010, a pilot was made for HBO titled I'm with the Band: Confessions of a Groupie, where she played the title role of Pamela Des Barres, but it was passed by the network.
    More Details Hide Details In 2011, Deschanel co-starred in the fantasy-comedy film Your Highness with Danny McBride and James Franco, where she played Belladonna. In September 2011, Deschanel began starring as Jess Day on the Fox sitcom New Girl, created by Elizabeth Meriwether. She has received one Emmy and three Golden Globe nominations for her role on the show. Deschanel hosted Saturday Night Live on February 11, 2012. Deschanel made her on-screen singing debut in The New Guy (2002). In Elf, she sings with Will Ferrell in the bathroom shower scene on "Baby, It's Cold Outside", and was also heard singing it on the soundtrack with Leon Redbone. Her piano composition "Bittersuite" was used thematically in the dark, off-beat 2004 dramedy Winter Passing, in which she co-starred with Will Ferrell and Ed Harris. Subsequently, Deschanel also sings "My Bonnie Lies over the Ocean" in Winter Passing.
  • 2009
    Age 29
    In December 2009, Deschanel guest-starred in a Christmas episode of the Fox crime procedural comedy-drama Bones.
    More Details Hide Details In the first-ever on-screen pairing of the Deschanel sisters, Zooey played Margaret Whitesell, a distant cousin of Emily's Dr. Temperance Brennan. Brennan's father, Max Keenan (guest star Ryan O'Neal), invites Margaret to spend Christmas with him and his daughter.
    In 2009, Deschanel co-starred in the title role in the romantic comedy-drama (500) Days of Summer, opposite her Manic co-star Joseph Gordon-Levitt which was about the development and demise of a relationship.
    More Details Hide Details The film received widespread praise. The film received a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical), losing to The Hangover.
  • 2008
    Age 28
    In December 2008, Deschanel became engaged to musician Ben Gibbard, lead vocalist for Death Cab for Cutie and The Postal Service. They married on September 19, 2009, near Seattle, Washington.
    More Details Hide Details On November 1, 2011, they announced their separation.
    Also in 2008, Deschanel co-starred in Gigantic, and later that year in the comedy film Yes Man, opposite Jim Carrey.
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    On April 27, 2008, she appeared on The Simpsons where she voiced Mary, Cletus's daughter, and in June she co-starred opposite Mark Wahlberg in M.
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    Ward to release their debut album Volume One, under the name She & Him which was released in March 2008.
    More Details Hide Details Their follow-up album Volume Two was released in the U.S. in March 2010, with their Christmas album A Very She & Him Christmas being released in 2011, Volume 3 in 2013, and Classics in 2014. She also received Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media nomination for her song "So Long" which featured in Winnie the Pooh soundtrack.
  • 2007
    Age 27
    She starred as DG in the Sci Fi Channel miniseries Tin Man, a re-imagined science fiction version of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, which aired in December 2007.
    More Details Hide Details Deschanel also narrated the children's book Players in Pigtails.
    In 2007, Deschanel appeared in two children's films that were Bridge to Terabithia, in which she played Jesse's quirky music teacher, and the animated film Surf's Up where she voiced Lani Aliikai, a penguin.
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  • 2006
    Age 26
    In September 2006, it was announced that Deschanel had signed on to play 1960s singer Janis Joplin in the film The Gospel According to Janis, to be co-written and directed by Penelope Spheeris.
    More Details Hide Details The film was scheduled to begin shooting in 2006, but was then postponed indefinitely; it was then resurrected again, with a planned release date of 2012, before being cancelled altogether in 2011. Deschanel expressed frustration with the cancellation, saying she had spent three years working on imitating Joplin's scratchy singing voice.
    Then Deschanel played Sarah Jessica Parker's neurotic roommate in Failure to Launch (2006) and had a recurring role in four episodes of the Showtime television series Weeds from 2006 to 2007 where she played Kat, Andy Botwin's quirky ex-girlfriend.
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  • 2005
    Age 25
    In 2005, she played Trillian in the film adaptation of Douglas Adams' science fiction novel The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and starred as Reese Holden in Winter Passing, with supporting role from Will Ferrell.
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  • 2004
    Age 24
    In 2004, Deschanel starred in Eulogy.
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  • 2003
    Age 23
    Later in 2003, Deschanel co-starred opposite Will Ferrell in the comedy Elf as a deadpan department store worker, which became a box office hit.
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  • 2002
    Age 22
    In 2002, Deschanel appeared in Frasier, in the season ten episode titled "Kissing Cousin" as Roz Doyle's out-of-control cousin, Jen.
    More Details Hide Details That year, she also appeared in the film The New Guy as Nora, the guitar player in the lead character's band Suburban Funk. After turning down several supporting roles, Deschanel made her leading debut in All the Real Girls (2003) as Noel, a sexually curious 18-year-old virgin who has a life-changing romance with an aimless 22-year-old,. Her performance received critical praise, and she was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Actress.
    In late 2002, The New York Times reported that Deschanel was "one of Hollywood's most sought-after young stars," and the Los Angeles Times wrote in early 2003 that Deschanel had become a recognizable type, due to "her deadpan, sardonic and scene-stealing film performances" as the protagonist's best friend.
    More Details Hide Details Deschanel objected to her typecasting, arguing, "A lot of these roles are just a formula idea of somebody's best friend, and it's like, I don't even have that many friends. In high school, I stayed home all the time, so I don't know how I'm everybody's best friend now."
  • TEENAGE
  • 1999
    Age 19
    Deschanel had a guest appearance on the television series Veronica's Closet before making her film debut in Lawrence Kasdan's 1999 comedy Mumford, and later in the year she appeared (non-singing) in the music video for The Offspring's single "She's Got Issues".
    More Details Hide Details Deschanel co-starred in Cameron Crowe's semi-autobiographical Almost Famous (2000) where she played Anita Miller, the protagonist's rebellious older sister. The film received critical praise, but was not a box office success. She also appeared as Jimmy Fallon's girlfriend in the music video for his single, "Idiot Boyfriend". Deschanel's subsequent film credits include Manic (2001), with Don Cheadle and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Big Trouble (2002), with Tim Allen and Rene Russo, Abandon (2002) alongside Katie Holmes, Benjamin Bratt and Melanie Lynskey, and The Good Girl (2002) alongside Jennifer Aniston and Jake Gyllenhaal.
    In 1999, she made her film debut in Mumford, followed by her role as Anita Miller in Cameron Crowe's 2000 semi-autobiographical film Almost Famous.
    More Details Hide Details Deschanel soon became known for her deadpan comedy roles in films such as The Good Girl (2002), The New Guy (2002), Elf (2003), The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005), Failure to Launch (2006), Yes Man (2008), and (500) Days of Summer (2009). She also did dramatic turns in the films Manic (2001), All the Real Girls (2003), Winter Passing (2005) and Bridge to Terabithia (2007). Since 2011, she has played Jessica Day on the Fox sitcom New Girl, for which she has received an Emmy Award nomination and three Golden Globe Award nominations. USA Today described her performance as "Given a role tailored to launch her from respected indie actor to certified TV star, Deschanel soars, combining well-honed skills with a natural charm." For a few years starting in 2001, Deschanel performed in the jazz cabaret act If All the Stars Were Pretty Babies with fellow actress Samantha Shelton. Besides singing, she plays keyboards, percussion, banjo, and ukulele. In 2006, Deschanel teamed up with M.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1980
    Age 0
    Deschanel was born January 17, 1980, in Los Angeles, California.
    More Details Hide Details She is the younger daughter of cinematographer and director Caleb Deschanel and actress Mary Jo Deschanel (née Weir). Her paternal grandfather was French, from Oullins, Rhône; her roots also includes Swiss, Dutch, English, Irish, and other French ancestry. She was named after Zooey Glass, the male protagonist of J. D. Salinger's 1961 novella Franny and Zooey. Her older sister is actress Emily Deschanel, who stars in the Fox crime comedy-drama series Bones. Deschanel lived in Los Angeles, but spent much of her childhood traveling because her father shot films on location; she later said that she "hated all the traveling... I'm really happy now that I had the experience, but at the time I was just so miserable to have to leave my friends in Los Angeles and go to places where they didn't have any food I liked or things I was used to." She attended Crossroads, a private preparatory school in Santa Monica, where she befriended future co-stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Kate Hudson. She sang throughout high school, planning to pursue a career in musical theatre and attending French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts. She attended Northwestern University for nine months before dropping out to pursue acting.
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