Profile of Zooey Deschanel
Zooey Deschanel was ________________ a recurring role as the protagonist's quirky best friend.
Hi I'm Carissa Loethen for About.com. Today we are profiling American actress, musician and singer-songwriter Zooey Deschanel.Zooey Deschanel was born in 1980 into a showbiz family. Her father is an Academy Award nominated cinematographer and her mother is an actress. She was named after the male protagonist in J.D. Salinger's novel, Franny and Zooey.In Santa Monica, Calif., Deschanel attended the same private high school and became friends with future stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Kate Hudson.Deschanel's first television role came when she was 17 years old — a guest-starring role in a TV series called Veronica's Closet in 1998.Her first big movie role was a supporting one in Cameron Crowe's critically acclaimed Almost Famous, released in 2001.Following several other supporting roles, Deschanel was quickly typecast into a recurring role as the film protagonist's quirky best friend.Her first big leading role came with the indie hit (500) Days of Summer in 2009, where she starred as the girl Joseph Gordon Levitt's character pines for.Since 2011, Deschanel starred in the FOX sitcom New Girl, for which she won a Teen Choice Award for Best Comedy Actress.Deschanel is interested in jazz singing and used to attend summer camp at French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts in upstate New York. She sings in some of the movies in which she has starred.She can also play a variety of instruments including the piano, banjo, and ukulele.Deschanel married Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard in 2009. They divorced in 2011.Thanks for watching our profile on Zooey Deschanel. For more information, visit About.com.