One of her favorite songs is "Don't Stop Believing" by Journey. (imdb.com)
Is part of the cabaret group called 'If All the Stars Were Pretty Babies'. (imdb.com)
Is part of indie duo called `She & Him` with M. Ward, their debut album is called Volume One.
Her last name is pronounced "day-shuh-NELL", with "day" slightly more accented than the middle syllable.
She pronounces her name "ZOH-ee" (not "zoo-ee").
Loves Ella Fitzgerald.
Turned down a role in Bully (2001) to star in Big Trouble (2002).
Has performed with Jackson Nash`s comedy group, Manifest Destinyfest.
Plays the piano and the baritone ukulele.
Did her own singing in the movie Elf (2003).
Interests include jazz singing, philosophy, fashion and photography.
Is a big fan of actress Parker Posey.
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.
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) (V). 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.
Sister of actress Emily Deschanel.
Went to high school with her Almost Famous (2000) co-star Kate Hudson.
Daughter of Caleb Deschanel and Mary Jo Deschanel.
Named for the male character in J.D. Salinger`s "Franny and Zooey".