Zooey Deschanel

American actress and singer

Zooey Claire Deschanel (/ˈz. dʃəˈnɛl/ ZOH-ee day-shə-NEL; born January 17, 1980) is an American actress, musician, and singer-songwriter.

Zooey Deschanel
Deschanel at a premiere for (500) Days of Summer in 2009
Zooey Claire Deschanel

(1980-01-17) January 17, 1980 (age 44)
Alma materCrossroads School
Occupation(s)Actress, singer-songwriter, musician, producer
Years active1998–present
Spouse(s)Ben Gibbard
(m. 2009–2012, divorced) Jacob Pechenik
(m. 2015-2019)
RelativesEmily Deschanel (sister)

Early life


Zooey Deschanel was born in Los Angeles in 1980. She is the younger daughter of Academy Award–nominated cinematographer and director Caleb Deschanel and actress Mary Jo Deschanel (née Weir). Her paternal grandfather was French, from Oullins, Rhône. Her ancestry also includes Swiss, Dutch, English, Irish, and other French roots.[1][2]

Acting career


She starred in movie (500) Days of Summer and plays the central character in TV series New Girl. She also produces the show.

Singing career


She and M. Ward are music duo She & Him. They have released five studio albums since 2008. She has collaborated with artists such as Prince and Brian Wilson. She wrote the main theme for New Girl and Winnie the Pooh: The Movie.

Personal life


She married musician Ben Gibbard on September 19, 2009. The couple are separated; she filed for divorce on December 27, 2011. It was finalized on December 12, 2012. She married producer Jacob Pechenik in 2015. They have a daughter born in July, 2015.


  1. Powell, Kimberly. "Interesting Ancestors of Emily & Zooey Deschanel". Genealogy.about.com. Archived from the original on 2013-05-15. Retrieved 2014-01-10.
  2. Olsen, Mark (February 16, 2003). "A scene stealer steps off the sidelines". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 10, 2014.

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