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Birth name: Zooey Claire Deschanel
Birth place Los Angeles, California, USA
Birth date: January 17, 1980
Parents: Caleb Deschanel and Mary Jo Deschanel
Hair: Dark Brown
Eyes: Blue
Height: 5’6 | 1,65m
Nicknames: Zo, Zuzu
Starsign: Capricorn
Interests: jazz singing, philosophy, fashion and photography

  • Named after the male character in J.D. Salinger’s Franny and Zooey
  • She pronounces her name “ZOH-ee” (not “Zoo-ee”)
  • Her last name is pronounced “day-shuh-NELL”, with “day” slightly more accented than the middle syllable
  • Graduated from Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences in Santa Monica
  • Attended Northwestern University for one year, but dropped out
  • Younger sister of actress Emily Deschanel
  • Went to high school with her Almost Famous co-star Kate Hudson
  • She was featured in the video for The Offspring’s song She’s Got Issues
  • Had six years of tap dancing lessons
  • Plays the piano and the baritone ukulele
  • Allergic to gluten, dairy, and eggs
  • Has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Turned down a role in Bully (2001) to star in Big Trouble (2002)
  • Did her own singing in Elf
  • Is a big fan of actress Parker Posey
  • Good friends with Joseph Gordon-Levitt
  • Represents Rimmel, a cosmetics brand
  • She is a registered Democrat
  • Zooey loves Ella Fitzgerald
  • Her paternal grandfather was French and her ancestry also includes English, German, Irish, Northern Irish (Scots-Irish), other French roots, Swiss, and Dutch


  • Mar del Plata Film Festival – best actress for All the Real Girls (2003)
  • Critics’ Choice Television Award – best comedy astress for New Girl (2012)
  • The Comedy Award – best comedy actress for New Girl (2012)
  • Tv Guide Award – favourite actress for New Girl (2012)