The New Popular Girl
Zooey Claire Deschanel was born on January 17, 1980 in Los Angeles, California to Academy Award–nominated cinematographer and director Caleb Deschanel and actress Mary Jo Deschanel. Her older sister, Emily, is also an actress and stars in the crime drama Bones. She lived in Los Angeles but spent much of her childhood traveling because of her father’s job.
During her high school years, she was active in singing, planning to pursue a musical theatre career. She then attended French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts and later enrolled at Northwestern University. She attended her classes for nine months before leaving to concentrate on an acting career.
Her professional acting career began in 1998 after landing a guest spot in the television series Veronica’s Closet. That following year, she made her feature film debut with Lawrence Kasdan’s comedy film Mumford. In 2000, she gained recognition for her role in Cameron Crowe’s Almost Famous. Though the film failed at the box office, it received positive reviews from critics.
During the early 2000s, she played supporting roles in such films as Manic, The Good Girl, Abandon and The New Guy. For her roles in these films, she began to gain more substantial notice, with The New York Times saying that Deschanel was “one of Hollywood’s most sought-after young stars”.
In 2003, she played her first lead role in All the Real Girls. Her performance in the film was praised that she received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Actress. Later that year, she starred alongside Will Ferrell in the comedy Elf, which became a blockbuster hit.
In the mid-2000s, she appeared in such features as Eulogy, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Winter Passing, Failure to Launch and Live Free or Die. 2007 was a prolific time for the actress as she starred in six films, including The Good Life, The Go-Getter, Bridge to Terabithia, Flakes, Raving and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.
She then played the female lead opposite Mark Wahlberg in M. Night Shyamalan’s The Happening, and although the film was poorly received, it generated impressive ticket sales. In 2009, she played Summer Finn in the romantic comedy-drama (500) Days of Summer, opposite Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The film garnered widespread acclaim and earned a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical).
In 2011, she starred alongside James Franco and Natalie Portman in Your Highness, in which she played the role of Belladona. That same year, she was cast as the lead character in the Fox sitcom New Girl. The series received positive reviews and Deschanel herself also enjoyed a great deal of praise from critics and viewers alike. She has also garnered Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for her role in the series.
Singing Career and Plastic Surgery Rumors
In 2001, the jazz cabaret act If All the Stars Were Pretty Babies was formed by Deschanel along with actress Samantha Shelton. They went on to perform around Los Angeles. In 2007, she contributed vocals to the tracks “Slowly” and “Ask Her to Dance” on the album Nighttiming by Coconut Records, actor Jason Schwartzman’s band.
That same year, she collaborated with singer-songwriter M. Ward to work on her debut album, which featured tracks written by Deschanel and produced by Ward. They then recorded under the name of She & Him, with their first album Volume 1 released on March 18, 2008. Two years later, on March 23, 2010, their second album Volume 2 was released.
The singer-songwriter-actress not only is multitalented, but also is a signature of both classic and modern beauty. She surely has charmed viewers and listeners alike with her gorgeous eyes, quirky moves and unique voice. However, she has recently been questioned about her new polished look.
People who have been following Deschanel’s career know that she looked different during her younger years. First is her nose, which according to some, used to be bigger with a wider nasal bridge. The said change prompted rumors of a nose job. The “new” nose seems perfect, not too distinctive as to call attention. Just enough to suit her angelic face.
The second is her lips. Old photos of her suggested that her lips were thinner, much different to her “current” fuller lips. Some people believe that she may have Restylane or Juvederm injections. The good thing about her lips, if ever she really had injections, is that they look natural. Definitely not overdone, which suits her face well and gives her a more radiant smile.