Zooey Claire Deschanel was born 17th January, 1980 in Los Angeles, California, USA, of ancestry including French, English, German, Scottish, Irish, and Dutch roots. Zooey Deschanel is famous for her outstanding acting on the big screen and television, and is probably best known for her role as Jessica Day from the television series “New Girl” (2012 – present), which has been worth three Golden Globe Award nominations as well as Emmy nomination. Deschanel is also the owner of a prepossessing voice and is a singer-songwriter. She sings in the duet “She & Him” together with M. Ward. Apart from this, she also plays several instruments including percussion, keyboards, ukulele and banjo.
Zooey Deschanel Net Worth $17 Million
As long as it is clear that Zooey Deschanel is famous, the question is whether she is wealthy? It has recently been estimated that Zooey’s net worth is $17 million, The main sources of her wealth being acting and singing; it has been reported that she earns $95,000 per year from “She & Him”. Zooey Deschanel’s monthy expenditures include $1,500 for charity, $2,000 for clothes and $4,000 for mortgage.
Zooey Deschanel’s father, Caleb Deschanel, is a nominee for an Oscar as best director, while her mother, Mary Jo Deschanel, is the famous actress well known for her role in the series “Twin Peaks” (1990 – 1991). Unsurprisingly, from early childhood Zooey wanted to become an actor, as did sister Emily Deschanel, well known for her role in the series “Bones” (2005 – present).
Zooey Deschanel made her debut in the entertainment industry with a small role in the television series “Veronica’s Closet” (1997) followed by his first role in the feature film “Mumford” (1999), after which she dropped out of the college to pursue the career of an actress. Subsequently she appeared in many films playing supporting roles, consequently, she was invited to take a leading role in the film “All the Real Girls” (2003) directed and written by David Gordon Green. For the above-mentioned role, she was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for the Best Actress. Other notable films which increased the net worth and popularity of the actress were “Eulogy” (2004) directed by Michael Clancy, “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” (2005) directed by Garth Jennings, “The Good Life” (2007) written and directed by Stephen Berra, “500 Days of Summer” (2009) directed by Marc Webb, “Our Idiot Brother” (2011) directed by Jesse Peretz and many other films.
However, Deschanel is the best known for her role in the series “New Girl”, in which she has played the key role since 2011, positively evaluated by critics, and gaining her nominations in prestigious television awards, including an Emmy and Golden Globe Award. Moreover, Deschanel created the main song of the series and is also the producer. Her involvement in this series has considerably increased her wealth.
Currently, she is working on upcoming films “Rock the Kasbah” and “The Driftless Area”, due for release in 2015. In addition to acting, Deschanel and M. Ward founded the duo “She & Him” in 2006. Two years later they released their debut album “Volume One”. By 2013, the duo had released three further albums: “Volume Two”, “A Very She and Him Christmas” and “Volume 3”. The actress has also recorded songs for various films in which she has played roles. In 2012 she was nominated for the Grammy award.
Zooey was married to the musician Ben Gibbard(2009-12). Her second husband is Jacob Pechenik (m. 2015)– they have have two children, daughter Elsie Otter and son Charlie Wolf.
Wrote a screenplay titled "Circus Girl" with friend Jackson Nash. "Circus Girl" involves a witch, evil flying red balloons and a giant diamond. Zooey plans to star in the film as the nerdy main character.
Attended Northwestern University for one year, but dropped out.
She spent several summers at camp upstate New York at French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts. She was also featured in the video for The Offspring's song "She's Got Issues" and the accompanying MTV documentary The Offspring Complete Music Video Collection (2005). She also plays ukulele for the band 'If All the Stars Were Pretty Babies'.
Graduated from Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences in Santa Monica.
Frequently plays socially awkward, energetic and sweet-natured characters
Her big blue eyes.
Long dark hair with bangs
[in a 2009 interview] I just basically make decisions by the seat of my pants.
[on her resemblance to Katy Perry] Friends of mine would call me up and say 'I saw you at the restaurant last night. I waved to you. You just blinked and looked at me like I'm a stranger'. It turned out that it was all just Katy Perry.
Feeling like an outsider is part of my nature, and it's what makes me who I am. So I think I'll find a way to make myself feel like an outsider, no matter what situation I'm in.
A lot of people are like, You can't change human nature - people are inherently negative. I don't think that's true. If you expect the best of people, they'll step up.
[on romantic comedy] It's in need of reinvention. It's such a narrow genre because it basically involves the same thing happening every time. The romantic comedy is an evolution of the screwball comedy from the 1930s, but the screwball comedy had a broader range of topics. To surprise people, you need to keep changing things up.
I just felt it's important to teach young girls to be strong people, to not think, I can't do this because I'm worried about what people will say. There are worse consequences, but online negativity stops people from being creative, part of which is having bad ideas as well as good ideas. When somebody says, 'That idea's stupid,' you stop your flow of ideas. We can't have the next generation be so afraid because they have been attacked.
[on Mary Helen Bowers] Mary Helen knows how to make ordinary women look like ballerinas. She's the real deal.
The fact that people are associating being girlie with weakness--that needs to be examined...Are we bitches because we have our own opinions? If that makes me a bitch, or that makes women bitches, then maybe we're all bitches.
[on playing the sexually-charged "Natalie" in Our Idiot Brother (2011)] I like characters who are complex, so I follow those roles. I love independent cinema. I feel very close to that world because it's about art. And I say no to a lot of work because it looks boring. I'd rather work really hard on a great movie that few people see than a crap movie everyone sees.
I started out doing theater, and I did a lot of school plays, theater summer camp, and all that. And then I did a play with a theater company when I was seventeen, and then I got representation, and then I just started audition for stuff. And then I got some things, and I got more things, and people started giving me jobs, and, you know... it's good.
I'm always trying to do stuff I haven't done before or challenge myself so I'm not resting on my laurels all of the time because if I just found my little niche and never left it, I'd be pretty boring, I think.
I'm into sincerity in music and sincerity in art. If it doesn't feel true, I don't want to do it. Things that are too dramatic scare me. I think that's why I don't always fit into the world of performing arts.
Always the aim for me is making people feel like they are not alone. That's just the greatest feeling.
[interview in "In Style" magazine, 9/06] The first album I ever got was "Like a Virgin". It was during the Iran Contra conflict-I thought she was saying, "Like a Persian".
It's a lot harder to do an ensemble because your energy is going in so many different places, and you have to cover everybody. You have to sort of split your attention.
I always choose roles that are, you know, hopefully different from the last role. I don't wanna do the same thing over and over again because that's, well, first of all that's no fun.
I don't want to be a babe. I don't want vanity to ever get in the way, because I think to maintain that, you have to be aware of yourself all the time, and that gets in the way of acting. My job's not to be the beautiful person. My job is to be the best actor I can be.
I don't think I'm very much like anyone else, really. I'm sure there are aspects of other actors that I share, but I don't see anybody else and go, "Damn, they stole my thing". I'm me, and I like that there are people who have an appreciation for that.
You have to keep reminding yourself it's not about money, because there is a lot of money to be made in this business if you're willing to do whatever. But that's not what I'm thinking about. I continue only to take movies because I love the script and because I really want to do it.
People say: "Oh yeah, jobs for the boys". I wish. You've got to fight even harder with a family like mine.
I was labeled a 'theatre type' in high school, which made it hard to fit in and feel part of things.
It's an addiction. I love clothes. I like to go down Melrose and look in all the windows and I go to different flea markets. I have lots of costumes. You never know when you're going to have to dress up like a milkmaid from the 1600s.
For a while I was like, "Oh my God, anyone that would release an album as an actor is the biggest fool ever", but I happened to have sung all my life before I was an actor. Why are musicians allowed to become actors? No one ever gives them flack for that.
I'm the worst at picking what movies are going to do well. I have no idea. I'm really surprised if a movie I like does well.
I don't really like to go out very much. I'm not scandalous. I'm not, like, in this to be famous. I also find it so embarrassing when you read about people and it's like they were so trashed at Skybar and stumbling around. I don't want to be that person. That's just so embarrassing to have that written about you.
I'm blessed with a lot of energy and stamina. I can't stand sitting still. I went to a spa once with my mom and I was like, "Get me out of here!'"
I don't want to go to another rollercoaster ride of a movie. If I want that, I'll go to Magic Mountain. I'm really interested in the young directors that are doing different things in cinema. I think the movies people will hold onto are the Rushmore (1998)s and the Being John Malkovich (1999)s. Those are the kind of films I want to do; that's what I'm passionate about.
I love old music, old movies, screwball comedies, vintage clothes and basically I'm an old-fashioned gal.