Woman Crush Wednesday: Zooey Deschanel

Zooey Deschanel on the red carpet at the 2014 Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills

Name: Zooey Deschanel

Birthdate: January 17, 1980

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California

Claim to fame: She first came to audiences’ attention when she played the rebellious older sister in Cameron Crowe’s 2000 movie, Almost Famous. She also had her big lead breakout role in 2009 when she starred with Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the critical hit 500 Days Of Summer. But her real claim to fame, since 2011 she has been starring on the hit Fox sitcom, New Girl.

What we can see her in next: The fourth season of New Girl premiered on September 16.

Interesting fact: She has been diagnosed with ADHD and takes regular medication for it (actually not really that surprising).

Best quote (Tweet): As seen on Buzzfeed, a few of Deschanel’s most important tweets:

I wish my dogs could text me

When will someone open a sunglasses store called fifty shades of shades?

Nonfat milk is like an insult to dairy

Why we love her: Zooey Deschanel is an Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actress, as well as singer, songwriter, musician, producer, and Internet entrepreneur. She’s also one of the quirkiest and most offbeat stars in Hollywood — often seen wearing something rather eccentric and colourful in pictures. She’s also been pegged under the slogan “simply adorkable” in the early promotion stages of her show, New Girl. Deschanel is our crush this week because she shows that being a dork and weird can actually be extremely attractive and likeable.

While we mostly know her from recent fame in her three seasons thus far on New Girl, she has built a successful film career over the past decade (primarily as the completely deadpan best friend). She first came to our attention in 2000 when she appeared as the rebellious older sister to the protagonist, William Miller, in Almost Famous. She played her stereotypical best friend role alongside Sarah Jessica-Parker in Failure to Launch, and then appeared alongside Jim Carrey in Yes Man. Lets also not the time she played a Christmas elf next to Will Ferrell, even singing a duet with him. She then finally had a lead breakout role when her and Joseph Gordon-Levitt brought us through a very realistic relationship portrayal in 500 Days Of Summer.

She is also part of the music duo She and Him, who has released several albums over the years and tours regularly. She also sings in many of the film roles she does, and in 2011, she co-created an entertainment website called HelloGiggles.com with two of her friends, which is now an extremely popular website.

Zooey Deschanel is our dork obsession this week because she’s hilarious (just follow her on Twitter and you’ll understand why), multi-talented, and is now one of the highest paid actresses on television with the success of her show. Not bad for a girl who comes across as just your average eccentric.

You can catch season four of New Girl weekly on Tuesdays at 9pm on Fox.  

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