More Zooey Deschanel Bios & Profiles
Biography #2 (for Bridge To Terabithia)Zooey Deschanel is one of Hollywood's most sought-after young actresses. Most recently, she displayed her charismatic screen presence in the comedy Failure to Launch with Matthew McConaughey and Sarah Jessica Parker; in the sci-fi classic The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, with Sam Rockwell, Mos Def and John Malkovich; and opposite Will Ferrell in Elf, directed by Jon Favreau, for which she received critical acclaim for her engaging performance and remarkable singing voice.
Deschanel made her feature-film debut in 1999 in Lawrence Kasdan's ensemble drama Mumford. She then co-starred with Billy Crudup, Kate Hudson and Frances McDormand in Cameron Crowe's Almost Famous. Other films include: All the Real Girls, for which she received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Lead Actress, Abandon for director Stephen Gaghan, Big Trouble for director Barry Sonnenfeld, The Good Girl with Jennifer Aniston and Eulogy, alongside Debra Winger.
Deschanel will soon be seen in Winter Passing, in which she stars with Ed Harris and Will Ferrell. Also upcoming are Live Free or Die, Flakes with Aaron Stanford for director Michael Lehmann, and The Assassination of Jesse James, opposite Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck. She also voices a surfing penguin in the animated movie Surf's Up.
The actress recently completed a stint on Showtime's acclaimed comedy series Weeds as Justin Kirk's Alaskan girlfriend and has also guest-starred on television's Frasier and Veronica's Closet. On stage, she performed the role of Little Red Riding Hood in Interact Theatre Company's production of Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods.
Deschanel, who was named for the male character in J. D. Salinger's Franny and Zooey, spent much of her childhood on location with her actress mother, Mary Jo, and her father, Caleb, an Academy Award-nominated cinematographer. She credits her father with instilling in her a keen visual sense and great style.
Bio courtesy Buena Vista for "Bridge To Terabithia" (04-Mar-2007)
Biography #3 (for Elf)Zooey Deschanel is swiftly emerging as one of Hollywood's most sought after young actresses. Recently she received critical acclaim for her performances in the film All the Real Girls directed by David Gordon Green which premiered in January at the Sundance Film Festival and for her role along side Don Cheadle in the independent feature Manic, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2001. In 2002, audiences had the opportunity to see Zooey in three films. She co-starred with Katie Holmes and Benjamin Bratt in the Paramount thriller Abandon; she received rave reviews for her performance opposite Jennifer Aniston in The Good Girl; and she co-starred in Disney's ensemble film Big Trouble for director Barry Sonnenfeld along with Tim Allen and Renee Russo.
Audiences have already witnessed her charismatic screen presence. She made her feature film debut in 1999 in Lawrence Kasdan's ensemble film, Mumford and then co-starred with Billy Crudup, Kate Hudson and Frances McDormand in Cameron Crowe's critically acclaimed film, Almost Famous. Her theatre background includes the role of Little Red Riding Hood in Interact Theatre Company's production of Into The Woods for which she received numerous accolades. Next spring, audiences will see her star in the independent film Eulogy with Debra Winger, Ray Romano and Hank Azaria. She begins work on Winter Passing starring opposite Ed Harris and Will Ferrell this October.
Bio courtesy New Line Cinema for "Elf" (26-Oct-2003)