Zooey Deschanel is an American actress, singer-songwriter, and model who often appears in films as an awkward, charming character. These roles, which she executes so well, seem to have endeared her to some of the big shots in the movie industry. Consequently, Zooey has increasingly starred in prominent parts and has joined the cast of several big-budget movies, as well as star in her sitcom. All these and more have contributed to the famed entertainer’s popularity, stirring curiosity from fans who would love to learn more about her life, both personal and professional.
Zooey Deschanel Initially Planned To Become A Broadway Singer
Born in Los Angeles, California on the 17th of January 1980, Zooey Deschanel’s future career seemed to have been mapped out for her by fate and providence when she became friends with stars like Kate Hudson and Jake Gyllenhaal during her days at the Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences in Santa Monica, California.
Zooey had initially thought to become a Broadway singer as that would have combined her love of music and acting, and perhaps, that was why she enrolled with the French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts before finally joining Northwestern University, where she soon dropped out after spending only nine months.
Her Status As A University Drop Out Did Not Have Any Negative Effect On Her Career Success
Even though she forfeited her university education after just nine months, Zooey Deschanel’s success in the entertainment world was not impeded one bit. The aspiring movie star made her television debut in 1998, with a guest spot on a show named Veronica’s Closet. It was, however, not her first career boost. That particular honor goes to her supporting role in the dramatic comedy Mumford (1999). She also delivered another highly praised performance in the 2000 film Almost Famous by Cameron Crowe.
In 2004, Zooey Deschanel was cast in a small role in the movie Elf, which became a box office hit. It was a movie that helped showcase her talent in music to the world. The actress had two non-hits after that, but then starred alongside Gordon-Levitt in the anti-romantic comedy (500) Days of Summer (2009), contributing to the movie’s soundtrack. It earned the two stars critical praise, and Zooey Deschanel later returned to comedy, appearing in such films as Your Highness – a 2011 movie where she gave expression to the character of Belladona, lending her sweet voice to ‘The Greatest Most Beautiful Love Song in All the Land’ alongside James Franco.
Also in 2011, Zooey Deschanel played various television roles, starring in the sitcom The New Girl, which debuted in the fall and quickly garnered a huge audience. On the set of the sitcom, she breathed life into the character of Jess, a pretty and goofy woman who moves in with three single men following a split from her boyfriend. She also wrote and sang the theme song.
The show got her a plethora of award nominations, and in 2012, she shared the Critics’ Choice Award for best comedy series actress with Amy Poehler. The movie star has also recorded appearances with her sister Emily Deschanel; the first time being on the set of the television series, Bones. The talented artist’s other projects include The Driftless Area (2016) and doing voice work for Trolls (2016).
Zooey Has Some Gigs In Music
Zooey Deschanel has also had some success as a recording artist. In 2006, she got together with M. Ward, another singer cum songwriter, and they worked together to produce the soundtrack of Deschanel’s 2007 film The Go-Getter. Following that experience of working together, they formed a musical group dubbed She & Him.
She & Him released their debut self-titled project in 2008, and in 2010, She & Him Volume 2 was released. The duo also appeared on Snow Patrol’s album – The Place We Ran From. Alongside Joseph Gordon-Levitt, in December 2011, Zooey Deschanel recorded a popular version of ‘What are you doing on New Year’s Eve?’ for her ‘Hellogiggles,’ YouTube Channel.
M. Ward’s sixth solo album, A Wasteland Companion, also featured her on set. Zooey Deschanel may also get to explore her musical talent more as she has been cast to play the part of country singer Loretta Lynn in a musical that will be based on Loretta Lynn’s autobiography – Coal Miner’s Daughter.
She May Have Chosen Her Career Path Because All her Family Members Are Enmeshed In Entertainment
Zooey Deschanel is one of those people born into the life that they would have eventually chosen if presented with a choice. Each member of the Deschanel family is connected with the movie world in one way or the other. Her father has been identified as Caleb Deschanel, an Academy Award-nominated cinematographer, and her mother, Mary Jo Deschanel is also an actress in her own right, but that is not all.
Like their parents, Zooey’s sister Emily Deschanel also towed the path of acting; she starred in the Fox Crime Comedy series, Bones. The family is quite creative and has traveled around the world as their father’s career pulled him to different places to work on movies.
Zooey Deschanel’s First Marriage Was With Ben Gibbard
Zooey Deschanel has a record of two failed marriages behind her. She initially got hitched to singer Ben Gibbard, the lead vocalist for Death Cab for Cutie, in a marriage ceremony that took place on the 19th of September 2009, near Seattle, Washington. The couple got introduced by their mutual music manager, after which they announced their official engagement in 2008. Their union was barely a couple of years old when it hit the rocks.
The two announced their separation on the 1st of November 2011, and on the 27th of December 2011, Zooey Deschanel filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences as the reason for their separation. It took a few months before their divorce got finalized on the 12th of December 2012, putting Zooey back into the relationship market.
She Took Another Chance At Matrimony After Three Years
After her divorce from Ben became final, the beautiful actress remained single for three years before deciding to take a second chance at love in January 2015. Zooey Deschanel signaled her willingness to try her hand at the marriage thing again when she announced her engagement to producer Jacob Pechenik, whom she met on the set of Rock the Kasbah – a comedy by Bill Murray.
The couple wasted no time in solemnizing their union, which they accomplished in a secret wedding in June 2015. Their marriage, which was beginning to look like a great match, was blessed with their first child Elsie Otter – a daughter who joined the family in July 2015. However, in May 2017, they had a son named Charlie Wolf. According to reports, the duo had been separated for some months before making an official announcement in September 2019. A statement made by their rep to People revealed that they have chosen to remain as business partners, friends, and co-parents instead of life partners.
Zooey Deschanel Has Moved on with Property Brothers star Jonathan Scott
Zooey Deschanel met Jonathan Scott in August 2019, on the set of Carpool Karaoke with Scott and his brother pitted against the Deschanel sisters. From what is perceivable, the Scott/Zooey match seems to be a work of fate as the duo appears to have hit it off, sharing precious moments from the episode on Instagram, and referring to each other as “friends.” But as at then, fans believed that Zooey was still married.
However, by September that same year, whispers started sneaking around corridors that the actress has separated from her spouse, Jacob Pechenik, which began to explain why they suddenly sold off their Manhattan Beach house during the summer. Barely a week later, Zooey was spotted holding hands with Scott lending credence to the rumors
Since the Jacob/Zooey split became public knowledge, the actress has been cozying up with Scott during this quarantine season. According to Scott, they have been occupying themselves making music, playing games, and doing puzzles. Besides, the duo is not averse to sharing moments of their relationship with fans as they update them on social media with posts and photos.