Zooey Claire Deschanel (play /ˈzoʊ.iː deɪʃəˈnɛl/ zoh-ee day-shə-nel; born January 17, 1980) is an American actress, musician, 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 or "Manic Pixie Dream Girl" supporting roles in films such as Elf (2003), The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005), Failure to Launch (2006), and Bridge to Terabithia (2007). She then began playing lead roles in films, including Yes Man (2008) and (500) Days of Summer (2009). She will next headline the new Fox series New Girl in fall 2011.
Deschanel and M. Ward both featured on The Place We Ran From, the 2010 album by Snow Patrol member Gary Lightbody's side project, Tired Pony. Deschanel contributed vocals to the tracks "Get On the Road" and "Point Me at Lost Islands", while M. Ward contributed vocals and guitar to the track "Held in the Arms of Your Words" and guitar to the track "That Silver Necklace".
Deschanel also recorded "The Fabric of My Life" for a 2009 advertising campaign for Cotton Incorporated.
Deschanel also performed "God Bless America" during the seventh inning stretch during game three of the National League Championship Series between the Philadelphia Phillies and San Francisco Giants on October 19, 2010 at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California.
Deschanel contributed a cover of Buddy Holly's "It's So Easy" for the upcoming tribute album, Listen to Me: Buddy Holly released on September 6, 2011. She had previously appeared on Rave On Buddy Holly with She & Him performing "Oh Boy" release in June, 2011.
A Very She & Him Christmas was announced on Pitchfork.com in September 2011. The twelve track Christmas album is set to be released October 25, 2011 under Merge Records.