Zooey Claire Deschanel (pronounced /ˈzoʊ.iː ˌdeɪʃəˈnɛl/ ZOE-ee day-shə-NEL; born January 17, 1980) is an American actress, musician, model, and singer-songwriter. In 1999,
Deschanel made her film debut in Mumford, followed by her breakout role as young protagonist William Miller's troubled older sister Anita in Cameron Crowe's 2000 semi-autobiographical film Almost Famous.
Deschanel soon became known for her deadpan supporting roles in films such as Elf (2003), The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005) and Failure to Launch (2006).
She then began playing lead roles in films, including 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.
She plays keyboards, percussion, banjo and ukulele, and has sung in several of her films.
Deschanel teamed up with M. Ward to release their debut album Volume One (recorded with M. Ward under the moniker She & Him) which was released on March 18, 2008. The follow-up album Volume Two was released in the U.S. on March 23, 2010. She is married to Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard.