Zooey Deschanel

Zooey Deschanel

Highest Rated: 89% Almost Famous (2000)

Lowest Rated: 7% The New Guy (2002)

Birthday: Jan 17, 1980

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

Zooey Deschanel was an American actress and singer who was best known for playing charmingly quirky characters in various films and TV shows, most notably "Elf" (2003), "Yes Man" (2008), "500 Days of Summer" (2009), and "New Girl" (Fox, 2011-18). Deschanel was born and raised in Los Angeles and grew up in a show business family. Her father was the esteemed Academy Award-nominated cinematographer Caleb Deschanel, while her mother was an actress who was best known for playing Eileen Hayward on David Lynch's eerie mystery series "Twin Peaks" (ABC/Showtime, 1990-91, 2017). Given her close proximity to the film industry, Deschanel counted the likes of Jake Gyllenhaal and Kate Hudson, both of whom also had parents in the film industry, as amongst her wide circle of friends growing up. She and her sister Emily, who would later go on to become a well-known actress in her own right, also had to travel a lot growing up, due to the nature of their father's work as a cinematographer, which Zooey found to be difficult. Still, having been immersed in the exciting world of moviemaking since childhood, it was only natural that Deschanel, whose first name was inspired by one of the title characters in J.D. Salinger's novella Franny & Zooey, would want to become an actress. She nabbed her first film role in her late teens in the 1999 Lawrence Kasdan-directed comedy-drama "Mumford" (1999), and from there went on to nab supporting roles in "Almost Famous" (2000), "The Good Girl" (2002), and "The New Guy" (2002). Then in 2003 Deschanel wowed critics with her first leading performance in the David Gordon Green-directed drama "All the Real Girls" (2003). Her role in the independently-produced "All the Real Girls" proved to be a boon to Deschanel's fledgling acting career, with more substantial roles to follow in the years ahead. 2003 was also the year Deschanel starred opposite Will Ferrell in the Christmas comedy "Elf," which was a hit with both audiences and critics. Throughout the remainders of the 2000s, Deschanel continued racking up a number of acclaimed film roles in movies like "The Good Life" (2006), "Yes Man," and "Gigantic" (2008). Then in 2009 she landed her breakout role as the title character and love interest of Joseph Gordon-Levitt's character in the romantic comedy-drama "500 Days of Summer." The film received widespread praise from critics, with Deschanel in particular being singled out for her riveting performance as an emotionally distant girlfriend who's cynical about the existence of true love. After the success of "500 Days of Summer," Deschanel gravitated towards network television with a starring role on the sitcom "New Girl." In the show, Deschanel played an offbeat teacher who shares an apartment with three men. The series ran for 146 episodes and 7 seasons on Fox, earning Deschanel a Primetime Emmy nomination and 3 Golden Globe nominations in the process. As the series ended its run, Deschanel co-starred in the animated musical comedy "Trolls" (2017). Throughout her acting career, Deschanel also moonlighted as a singer. She teamed up with the musician M. Ward in 2006 and together they formed the music duo She & Him. She & Him released 6 studio albums, including 2016's Christmas Party. Furthermore, in addition to her acting Deschanel also founded the female-centered lifestyle website HelloGiggles.com in 2011. The website gained a devoted following and in 2015 Deschanel sold the site to the Time, Inc. corporation.

Highest rated movies

Almost Famous (500) Days of Summer
Bridge to Terabithia
The Good Girl
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
All the Real Girls
Our Idiot Brother




67% 100% The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show Unknown (Character) - 2019
75% 67% Trolls Bridget (Voice) $153.6M 2016
No Score Yet 25% The Driftless Area Stella (Character) - 2015
7% 28% Rock the Kasbah Ronnie (Character) $3.0M 2015
70% 51% Our Idiot Brother Natalie (Character) $24.8M 2011
27% 34% Your Highness Belladonna (Character) $21.6M 2011
85% 84% (500) Days of Summer Summer (Character) $32.4M 2009
36% 34% Gigantic Harriet (Character) $102.1K 2008
46% 66% Yes Man Allison (Character) $97.7M 2008
18% 24% The Happening Alma Moore (Character) $64.5M 2008
20% 52% The Good Life Frances (Character) - 2007
22% 46% Flakes Miss Pussy Katz (Character) $613 2007
42% 61% The Go-Getter Kate (Character) - 2007
76% 75% The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford Dorothy Evans (Character) $3.9M 2007
79% 70% Surf's Up Lani Aliikai (Voice) - 2007
85% 70% Bridge to Terabithia Miss Edmunds (Character) $82.2M 2007
40% 43% Live Free or Die Cheryl (Character) $12.7K 2006
24% 52% Failure to Launch Kit (Character) $88.7M 2006
42% 61% Winter Passing Reese Holden (Character) $106.6K 2005
No Score Yet 56% Once Upon a Mattress Lady Larken (Character) - 2005
60% 65% The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Tricia McMillan ("Trillian") (Character) $51.0M 2005
34% 71% Eulogy Kate Collins (Character) $70.5K 2004
85% 79% Elf Jovie (Character) $177.1M 2003
72% 78% All the Real Girls Noel (Character) $548.7K 2003
82% 59% The Good Girl Cheryl (Character) $14.0M 2002
16% 31% Abandon Samantha (Character) $10.7M 2002
7% 54% The New Guy Nora (Character) $29.0M 2002
48% 54% Big Trouble Jenny Herk (Character) $7.3M 2002
67% 79% Manic Tracy (Character) $70.2K 2001
89% 92% Almost Famous Anita Miller (Character) $32.5M 2000
57% 66% Mumford Nessa Watkins (Character) $4.6M 1999


No Score Yet No Score Yet Live with Kelly and Ryan Guest 2021
No Score Yet 9% The Celebrity Dating Game Host 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tamron Hall Guest 2021
No Score Yet 10% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2008-2009 2012-2013 2015-2016 2018 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet etalk Guest 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet Good Morning America Guest 2014 2019 2021
No Score Yet 23% The Drew Barrymore Show Guest 2020
78% No Score Yet Gone Mental With Lior Unknown (Character) 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Carpool Karaoke Guest 2020
95% 83% New Girl Jess Day (Character),
No Score Yet 33% The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2016 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Larry King Now Guest 2018
No Score Yet 0% The Talk Guest 2018
No Score Yet 66% Real Time With Bill Maher Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Entertainment Studios.TV Guest 2016-2017
No Score Yet 0% The Ellen DeGeneres Show Guest 2011-2014 2016
95% 87% Brooklyn Nine-Nine Jessica Day (Guest Star) 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Harry Guest 2016
No Score Yet 87% Conan Guest 2011 2013-2014 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen Guest 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today Music Performer,
No Score Yet 39% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2014-2015
No Score Yet 44% Saturday Night Live Unknown (Guest Star),
2012 2014
No Score Yet 100% The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson Guest 2013-2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Queen Latifah Show Guest 2014
No Score Yet 91% American Dad French Maid/Candy Striper Stripper (Guest Voice) 2005 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Arsenio Hall Show Guest 2013
No Score Yet 100% Who Do You Think You Are? Unknown (Guest Star) 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Katie Guest 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Live! With Kelly and Michael Guest 2012-2013
85% 76% The Simpsons Mary Spuckler (Guest Voice) 2008 2012-2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rachael Ray Guest 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Guest 2011-2012
No Score Yet 71% So You Think You Can Dance Guest 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Live With Regis and Kelly Guest 2011
100% No Score Yet Funny or Die Presents Mary Todd Lincoln (Character) 2010
90% 82% Bones Margaret Whitesell (Guest Star) 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien Guest 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kickin' It: With Byron Allen Guest 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tin Man Unknown (Character) 2007
70% 77% Weeds Kat (Guest Star) 2006-2007
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cracking Up Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
93% 93% Frasier Jen (Guest Star) 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Veronica's Closet Unknown (Guest Star) 1998