Zooey Deschanel is an American actress, musician, and singer-songwriter. She has been nominated for many Golden Globe, Grammy, and Emmy Awards. She is best known for her role on New Girl and is also a member of the musical duo She & Him.
In 1999, Deschanel made her film debut in Mumford, followed by her breakout role in Cameron Crowe's 2000 film Almost Famous. She soon became known for her supporting roles in Elf (2003), The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005), Failure to Launch (2006), Bridge to Terabithia (2007), Yes Man (2008), and (500) Days of Summer (2009).
For a few years starting in 2001, Deschanel performed in the jazz cabaret act If All the Stars Were Pretty Babies with fellow actress Samantha Shelton. In 2006, Deschanel teamed up with M. Ward to form indie folk/rock duo She & Him. Together, they released their debut album Volume One in 2008. Their follow-up album Volume Two was released in 2010 and their Christmas album, A Very She & Him Christmas, was released the following year.
Since September 2011, Deschanel has been the lead character, Jess Day, on the FOX sitcom New Girl, created by Elizabeth Meriwether. She has received one Emmy and three Golden Globe nominations for her role on the show.