Fun Facts About Zooey Deschanel

Fact #1

She attended high school at Crossroads in L.A.; famous classmates include Kate Hudson and Jake Gyllenhaal.

Fact #2

She attended Northwestern for 7 months. She enjoys jazz, philosophy, fashion, and photography.

Fact #3

She plays the piano and the baritone ukulele.

Fact #4

She was part of a cabaret group called "If All the Stars Were Pretty Babies."

Fact #5

She is named after Zooey in J.D. Salinger's "Franny and Zooey."

Fact #6

She sings in an indie pop duo called "She & Him" — they sing the theme song for her new TV series, "The New Girl."

Fact #7

Her father, Caleb, is an Oscar-winning cinematographer, and her mother, Mary Jo Deschanel, is an actress.

Fact #8

Her sister is the famous Emily Deschanel, the star of "Bones."

Fact #9

Her first on-screen role was on an episode of NBC's "Veronica's Closet," just days before her 18th birthday.

Fact #10

She was born and raised in Los Angeles.

Fact #11

She has been married for two years to Ben Gibbard, lead singer of "Deathcab for Cutie."