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.