11 Things You Didn’t Know About Zooey Deschanel
Zooey Deschanel is a woman of many talents. She’s most well known for her acting roles in films like Elf, 500 Days of Summer, Yes Man and the popular sitcom, New Girl, but she’s also a singer, musician, fashion designer and producer! When she’s not acting, she tours with her indie band, She & Him, where she sings, plays piano, tambourine and the ukulele! The Grammy and Emmy nominated actress turns 36 soon, so here’s a list of 11 things you probably didn’t know about her!
11. Growing Up in L.A.
Zooey Deschanel was born on January 17, 1980. Her parents named her after Zooey Glass, the male character in the 1961 book by J.D. Salinger, “Franny and Zooey.” As a teenager she went to school with some pretty big celebrities! She attended the private school, Crossroads, in Santa Monica where she became friends with Jake Gyllenhaal and met her future co-star, Kate Hudson. One of the things she remembers most about her high school was all the pretty girls. “I just feel like growing up in Los Angeles, you learn, ‘Well, you’re never gonna be the prettiest girl in the room, so just don’t even try.’ I mean, I care about being pretty, but it’s not my most valued thing,” she said. She later attended Northwestern University, but dropped out after one year.
10. Aspiring Actress
According to Deschanel, she showed signs of wanting to be an entertainer when she was as young as 2-years-old! “When I saw Wizard of Oz, I, like, wanted to jump into the TV. My dad has the video tape of me seeing it for the first time, and I’m, like, up against the screen,” she said. In an interview with Vulture, she shared a story from when she was 3 and in the production, Three Little Pigs. There were multiple productions of the show so each kid could have a chance being on stage, and every time a student would get stage fright, Zooey stepped in. By the third performance she was giving directions and insisted the narrator call her ‘The Third Baby Pig.’ In the audience her dad leaned into her mother and said, “Dustin Hoffman.”