Zooey Deschanel is an American actress, model and singer-songwriter. She made her film debut in Mumford and next obtained a supporting role in Cameron Crowe’s film Almost Famous. From 2011 to 2018, she played Jessica Day on the Fox sitcom New Girl, for which she received an Emmy Award nomination and three Golden Globe Award nominations.

Birth Name

Zooey Claire Deschanel


Zo, ZuZu


Actress, Model, Singer, Songwriter, Producer


Indie Pop, Indie Folk, Alternative Country, Jazz


Vocals, Piano, Ukulele


As part of the band, She & Him, She is signed with Merge Records, Double Six, Columbia Records.

Personal Life

Birthday / Date of Birth

Zooey Deschanel was born on January 17, 1980 in Los Angeles, California, United States.


She is currently 39 years old.

Sun Sign






Her ancestry includes Dutch, English, French, Irish and Swiss.



Roman Catholic


Zooey attended a private preparatory school, Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences  in Santa Monica, California. Later she attended French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts. Finally, she enrolled herself into Northwestern University, but dropped out after spending nine months there.

Family Details

  • Father – Caleb Deschanel (Cinematographer and director)
  • Mother – Mary Jo Deschanel (Actress)
  • Siblings – Emily Deschanel (Older Sister) (Actress)


She is managed by CAA (Creative Artists Agency). During 2012, she ended her agreement with them and instead signed to UTA (United Talent Agency). But, again in August 2013, she came back with CAA.

Marital Status


Boyfriend / Spouse

Zooey Deschanel dated –

  • Jason Schwartzman (2003-2005) – American actor and musician, Jason dated Zooey for about 2 years from 2003 to 2005. It was a low key relationship.
  • Ben Gibbard (2008-2011) – “Death Cab for Cutie” rocker, Ben Gibbard started dating Zooey in 2008 and in December 2008, they got engaged. On September 19, 2009, the duo married near Seattle, Washington. But, after 2 years, the couple announced their separation in November 2011. Their divorce was finalized on December 12, 2012.
  • Jamie Linden (2012-2014) – She started dating Jamie Linden in June 2012. She split from screenwriter in August 2014.

  • Jacob Pechenik (2014-Present) – She started dating film producer, Jacob Pechenik in 2014. The duo engaged on January 17, 2015. They met while filming the 2015 film “Rock the Kasbah,” where Jacob was the co-producer and Zooey was in a starring role. The couple got married in June 2015. They have two children, daughter Elsie Otter (born July 2015) and son Charlie Wolf (born May 2017).

Physical Statistics


  • In feet – 5 feet 6 inches
  • In centimeters – 168 cm
  • In meters – 1.68 m


  • In Kilograms – 55 kg
  • In Pounds – 121 lbs

Body Measurements

  • Measurements – 34-24-35
  • Bust – 34 inches
  • Waist – 24 inches
  • Hip – 35 inches
  • Bra Size – 32B

Body Build


Hair Color

She has naturally “Dark Brown” hair.

Eye Color


Dress Size

Her dress size is 4 (US).

Shoe Size

She wears a size 8 (US) shoe.



Professional Statistics

Famous For

Playing a lead role as Jessica “Jess” Day in Fox’s sitcom New Girl since 2011. She is also the producer of the show. She is also known for appearing in 2009 film (500) Days of Summer.

Film Debut

In 1999, Zooey played the role as Vanessa Watkins in an American comedy-drama film,  Mumford.

Singer Debut

Zooey and musician M. Ward are the 2 members of the indie pop band She & Him, which was formed in 2006. In March 2008, the duo released their debut album Volume One via Merge Records.

Television Debut

Deschanel guest appeared in NBC’s sitcom Veronica’s Closet in 1998 for her role as Elena in an episode titled “Veronica’s Fun and Pirates Are Crazy”.

Brand Endorsements

She was the brand ambassador for Pantene Australia, and Pantene New Zealand in 2012. She also represents the cosmetic brand Rimmel. Additionally, she was featured in a commercial for iPhone 4S (Siri) in 2012.

Distinctive Features

  • Dark brown thick and dry hair.
  • Big blue eyes.
  • Hair with bangs.

Awards & Nominations

YearAssociationCategoryNominated WorkResult
2003Mar del Plata International Film FestivalBest ActressAll the Real GirlsWon
2004Independent Spirit AwardsBest Female LeadAll the Real GirlsNominated
2009Satellite AwardsBest Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy(500) Days of SummerNominated
2011Satellite AwardsBest Actress – Television Series Musical or ComedyNew GirlNominated
2012Golden Globe AwardsBest Actress – Television Series Musical or ComedyNew GirlNominated
2012Grammy AwardsBest Song Written for Visual MediaWinnie the Pooh (song “So Long”)Nominated
2012Annie AwardsMusic in a Feature ProductionWinnie the PoohNominated
2012Teen Choice AwardsChoice Fashion IconN/ANominated
2012Teen Choice AwardsChoice TV Actress ComedyNew GirlNominated
2012Critics’ Choice Television AwardsBest Actress in a Comedy SeriesNew GirlWon
2012The Comedy AwardsComedy ActressNew GirlNominated
2012Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy SeriesNew GirlNominated
2013Critics’ Choice Television AwardsBest Actress in a Comedy SeriesNew GirlNominated
2013People’s Choice AwardsPeople’s Choice Award for Favorite TV Comedy ActressNew GirlNominated
2013Golden Globe AwardsBest Actress – Television Series Musical or ComedyNew GirlNominated
2014Golden Globe AwardsBest Actress – Television Series Musical or ComedyNew GirlNominated
2016People’s Choice AwardsFavorite Comedic TV ActressNew GirlNominated
2017People’s Choice AwardsFavorite Comedic TV ActressNew GirlNominated
2017Annie AwardsBest Voice ActingTrollsNominated

Zooey Deschanel Favorite

  • Favorite Perfume – Tom Ford’s Black Orchid
  • Favorite Band – Beach Boys
  • Favorite Actor – Matthew McConaughey
  • Favorite Actress – Charlize Theron

Zooey Deschanel Net Worth

Zooey Deschanel’s net worth is estimated at around $25 million dollars.

Social Media Profiles

Some Lesser Known Facts About Zooey Deschanel

  • Zooey Deschanel was named after a male protagonist, Zooey Glass from the 1961 novella Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger.
  • Deschanel obtained her first leading film role debut in the independent drama 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.
  • In 2001, Deschanel formed If All the Stars Were Pretty Babies, a jazz cabaret act with fellow actress Samantha Shelton.
  • In 2004, Deschanel starred in Eulogy and in 2005, she played Trillian in the film adaptation of Douglas Adams’s science fiction novel The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
  • Deschanel is also a co-founder of the female-focused website HelloGiggles, which was acquired by Time, Inc. in 2015.
  • She had served as a judge for The Ninth Independent Music Awards.
  • She became friends with Jake Gyllenhaal and Kate Hudson during her schooling at Crossroads.
  • She has varied interests ranging from fashion, philosophy, photography and jazz singing.
  • In 2012, she was at #12 in Askmen’s Top 99 Most Desirable Women.
  • Visit her band She and Him’s official website @


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