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Zooey Deschanel

Zooey Claire Deschanel is an American actress, musician, and singer-songwriter.  Deschanel made her film debut in 1999 with Mumford, followed by her breakout role as Anita Miller in Cameron Crowe's 2000 semi-autobiographical film Almost Famous. Deschanel soon became known for her deadpan and "Manic Pixie Dream Girl" supporting roles in numerous film roles. She has portrayed the role of Jessica Day in the Fox comedy series New Girl since 2011. 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. Ward to release their debut album Volume One (recorded under the moniker She & Him) which was released in March 2008, followed by two additional volumes and a Christmas album.  She also often sings in her films.   Also 1999, Deschanel starred as herself in the music video "She's Got Issues" for The Offspring, followed by a judging position for the ninth Independent Music Awards.  She has signed on to represent Rimmel, a cosmetics brand and personally launched HelloGiggles, an entertainment website geared towards women, with producer Sophia Rossi and writer Molly McAleer. In 2012, she was featured in a commercial for the iPhone 4S, and later announced that she would be producing a comedy called Must Be Nice, written by New Girl consulting producer J. J. Philbin.

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Jan 17, 1980 In Los Angeles, California, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series The Simpsons 1989-12-17
Latest Project:
Movie Trolls World Tour 2020-03-11
Known For
Poster of Rock the Kasbah
Poster of Brian Wilson and Friends: A Soundstage Special Event
Poster of The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Poster of The Good Life
Movie Trolls World Tour Bridget (voice) 2020-03-11
Movie Trolls Holiday Bridget (voice) 2017-11-01
Movie Trolls Bridget (voice) 2016-10-13
Movie Brian Wilson and Friends: A Soundstage Special Event Herself 2015-10-11
Movie The Driftless Area Stella 2015-04-18
Movie Rock the Kasbah Ronnie 2015-10-22
Movie Letters to Jackie: Remembering President Kennedy Narrator (voice) 2013-06-19
Series Brooklyn Nine-Nine Jessica "Jess" Day 2013-09-17
Movie Ben Lee: Catch My Disease Herself 2012-11-06
Movie These Amazing Shadows Self 2011-01-22
Movie Your Highness Belladonna 2011-04-08
Series New Girl Jessica "Jess" Day 2011-09-20
Movie Our Idiot Brother Natalie Rochlin 2011-08-26
Movie (500) Days of Summer Summer Finn 2009-07-17
Movie The Happening Alma Moore 2008-06-11
Movie Gigantic Happy 2008-09-09
Movie Yes Man Renee Allison 2008-12-09
Movie Bridge to Terabithia Ms. Edmunds 2007-02-15
Movie Raving Katie 2007-04-29
Movie The Go-Getter Kate 2007-01-22
Movie The Good Life Frances 2007-01-18
Movie Surf's Up Lani Aliikai (voice) 2007-06-08
Series Tin Man DG 2007-12-02
Movie The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford Dorothy Evans 2007-09-07
Movie Failure to Launch Kit 2006-03-10
Movie Winter Passing Reese Holden 2006-02-07
Movie Live Free or Die Cheryl 2006-03-11
Movie The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Trillian 2005-04-28
Movie Inside 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' Herself 2005-07-05
Series Bones Margaret Whitesell 2005-09-13
Movie Once Upon A Mattress Lady Larken 2005-12-18
Series Jimmy Kimmel Live! Unknown 2003-01-26
Movie Whatever We Do Nikki 2003-01-16
Movie House Hunting Christy 2003-05-07
Movie All the Real Girls Noel 2003-08-01
Movie Elf Jovie 2003-10-09
Movie The Good Girl Cheryl 2002-01-12
Movie Big Trouble Jenny Herk 2002-04-05
Movie Abandon Samantha Harper 2002-10-14
Movie The New Guy Nora 2002-05-10
Movie Manic Tracy 2001-01-27
Movie Almost Famous Anita Miller 2000-09-15
Movie Mumford Nessa Watkins 1999-09-24
Series Late Night with Conan O'Brien Unknown 1993-09-13
Series Frasier Jen 1993-09-16
Series The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
Series The Simpsons Unknown 1989-12-17
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