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The Many Faces of… Zooey Deschanel

An overview of the roles of Zooey Deschanel in all her movies

Zooey Deschanel was born on January 17, 1980 in Los Angeles. Her parents are both active in cinema (her father is a cinematogerpher and director, her mother an actress). As she grew up she often travelled together with her father for the movies he was working on. It was something she didn’t like. She went to Crossroads School for Art & Sciences (college preparatory school). She got to know Kate Hudson and Jake Gyllenhaal, who also attended. She wanted to become a singer, which she did a lot in high school and wanted to be in the theatre. She attended Northwestern University, but decided to drop out after only seven months to pursue her acting career.

Her first appearance was on the TV show Veronica’s Closet in 1998 and her first movie was Mumford. She has since been in movies like Almost Famous, Elf, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Bridge to Terabithia, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, The Happening and (500) Days of Summer.

Overview of roles Zooey Deschanel movies pictures

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What’s your favorite Zooey Deschanel role?

Category: Movies
  • Mark Walker says:

    Aaah! The lovely Zooey! ;-)
    I don’t really have a particular favourite performance, I just enjoy looking at her ;-)

    January 4, 2013 at 10:24 am
    • Nostra says:

      I can understand that Mark :)

      January 4, 2013 at 10:26 am
  • Jaina says:

    Adore Zooey. Absolutely adore her. She’s great in New Girl, at the moment (But is getting totally eclipsed by the ever brilliant Schmidt.). Even though Summer was a little bit of a bitch, she was great in (500) Days of Summer.

    I saw her live (As She & Him) a couple of years back and she has a phenomenal voice. Very talented!

    January 4, 2013 at 11:45 am
    • Nostra says:

      The first thing I remember her in was (500) Days of Summer and thought she was good as well, even though she wasn’t a likable character.

      Have never heard her sing, but awesome that you managed to!

      January 4, 2013 at 2:53 pm
  • The Focused Filmographer says:

    What Mark said! haha :)

    Love Elf.

    Nice choice today, Nostra! and I love the background you give us on her. I enjoy listening to her sing.

    January 4, 2013 at 3:18 pm
    • Nostra says:

      Yeah, Elf is such a fun movie to watch. Rewatched it this past Christmas.

      Thanks T!

      January 4, 2013 at 4:53 pm
  • darkbluebk says:

    I did not know she was in all those other movies! I’ve seen Elf and (500) Days of Summer, and she was good in the latter one.

    January 4, 2013 at 3:22 pm
    • Nostra says:

      She has quite a career indeed. I can agree with those choices!

      January 4, 2013 at 4:53 pm
  • Andina says:

    I love her. She’s my fave actress today. So positive and also not afraid to look clumsy. I love her in New Girl, now. Great choice, Nostra

    January 4, 2013 at 3:39 pm
    • Nostra says:

      I’m not her biggest fan, but get her appeal. Have not seen New Girl, but then again I’m not up to speed of TV shows at all…

      January 4, 2013 at 4:54 pm
  • filmhipster says:

    (500) Days of Summer hands down, great film and performance!

    January 4, 2013 at 4:13 pm
    • Nostra says:

      I love that movie and already have seen it several times.

      January 4, 2013 at 4:54 pm
  • sati says:

    I think she is really cute and she is a wonderful singer but I never thought she is much of an actress. She does well being herself in supporting roles in rom-coms but she really doesn’t act all that much in her films. I give her credit for trying though, especially for Winter Passing.

    January 4, 2013 at 4:43 pm
    • Nostra says:

      Like I said, I’m not the biggest fan either, but get her appeal. I have not seen Winter Passing.

      January 4, 2013 at 4:55 pm
  • Steph says:

    She is super cute and does quirky roles well. My favorite of her roles, hands down, is in Manic. Great post!

    January 4, 2013 at 6:10 pm
    • Nostra says:

      Haven’t seen that movie, what type of role does she play in it?

      January 4, 2013 at 9:28 pm

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