Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Zooey Deschanel

Zooey Deschanel made her name in the industry with her quirky, bubbly personality, unique wardrobe, and of course, those iconic majestic bangs! But there’s a lot more to the actress than you may believe.

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Here are the top 10 interesting facts about Zooey Deschanel:

10) About Zooey Deschanel’s Iconic Bangs

Zooey Deschanel’s name is almost synonymous with those iconic bangs she’s rocked for years now.

Zooey Deschanel’s name is almost synonymous with those iconic bangs she’s rocked for years now.

So for our first fact, did you know that she’s had them since she was two years old? Her hair, which ended up helping her become the face of Pantene later on, has always been brown. There was one year when she dyed it blonde, but she hated it.

9) Zooey Deschanel Can Sing!

Not only can Zooey sing– she did all her singing in Elf, by the way, but she was actually nominated for a Grammy! How awesome was her duet of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” with Will Ferrell?

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Back when she was filming for The Go-Getter, she met musician Matthew Ward. Together, they established the bank She & Him. To date, they’ve released six albums. One of their songs, “Winnie the Pooh,” was nominated for Best Song Written for Visual Media, but it lost to Tangled’s “I See the Light.”

8) She has ADHD

The world’s resident quirky girl hinted several times that she loves being busy and having a lot of content and prefers to have constant stimulation, but in a blog post, she confirmed that she has ADHD– and that she loves crafting!

7) She’s Multi-Talented

Jess Day will have you believe that Zooey isn’t that great of a dancer, but check out this unbelievable fact! She took dance lessons for six years.

Oh, and her list of talents is a mile long. She can sing, and play the piano, guitar, and baritone ukulele.

6) “Zoh-ee” or “Zoo-ey?”

Zooey Deschanel’s name has been a subject of debate. Are the two o’s pronounced as “Zoh-ee” or “Zoo-ey?

The answer lies in the inspiration for her name, which is the short story “Franny and Zooey” by J.D. Salinger.

Her name is pronounced, “Zoh-ee.”

5) Zooey Deschanel is Friends with Who?!


Joseph Gordon-Levitt may have become good friends with Zooey after filming “500 Days of Summer,” but Zooey has some other pretty awe-worthy connections in the industry.

She went to high school with none other than Jake Gyllenhaal and Kate Hudson. She also knew Damon Wayans Jr. growing up, who would later co-star with her in New Girl.

Zooey and Kate Hudson would go on to star in Almost Famous and Rock the Kasbah.

4) She’s the “Worst Person to Eat With”

According to Zooey herself, she’s “the worst person to ever eat with.”

And it’s not personal preference. Zooey has insane dietary restrictions that made her stop being vegan once it became hard to stay healthy while maintaining a vegan lifestyle. The serious allergies she suffers from include wheat gluten, eggs, dairy, and soy.

3) Her Chemistry with Jake Johnson

Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel may have had iconic chemistry in “500 Days of Summer,” but the electrifying tension between her and Jake Johnson who played Nick in “New Girl” is legendary.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey may have had iconic chemistry in “500 Days of Summer,” but the electrifying tension between her and Jake Johnson who played Nick in “New Girl” is legendary.

So much so that they were asked to have as little human contact as possible during the first season of the show.

2) She Founded Hello Giggle

Fact #2! Besides being an all-around talented actress, singer, and a billion other things, Zooey can add being an entrepreneur to her resume.

She’s ⅓ of the founders who created Hello Giggle, a “positive community for women” website that talks about everything from pop culture to boys and dating.

1) Zooey Deschanel Comes From an Overachieving Family

And for our #1 mega-interesting fact, did you know that Zooey isn’t the only member of the Deschanels to have a claim to fame?

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For one thing, her mother, Mary Jo Deschanel was in “Twin Peaks.” She played the wheelchair-bound mother of Eileen Hayward.

Zooey’s father is a 5-time Academy Award nominee cinematographer.

And lastly, her older sister, Emily Deschanel played the lead on the show “Bones” for 12 years!

The two sisters get along now, but when they were younger, Emily apparently liked to “torture” Zooey– to the point of convincing her that she was a Neptunian that had taken her real sister and replaced her. When their parents weren’t in the room, Emily would widen her eyes and make crazy faces at her. She would then tell her that she was going to kill her next.

Typical sisterly antics, right?

More interesting tidbits about Zooey Deschanel

What is Zooey Deschanel’s net worth?: Zooey Deschanel’s net worth is $25 million. She’s an accomplished actress and has some amazing roles in movies like Almost Famous, 500 Days of Summer, and All the Real Girls.

What is Zooey Deschanel’s height?: According to IMDB, Zooey stands at 5’7″” or 1.65 meters for metric folks.

Is Zooey Deschanel on Instagram?: As of February 2021, the actress has over 6.6 million followers! She is also active on her Instagram account and posts regularly.

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