Today we are going to talk about Zooey Deschanel, nominee for Favorite Comedic TV Actress for People’s Choice Awards 2013. In her voting category, she is the fifth out of five nominees. “Why is she last on the list?’ you might ask. Well, here’s a fun fact you might be interested to know: we alphabetize nominees by first name. Now that may seem like an odd way to do it, but believe me, when you have names that include punctuation (i.e., Jay-Z) or only a single name which may or may not sound like a delicious chocolate candy treat (i.e., Eminem) it makes things a heck of a lot easier to just go by the first initial of the first (or in the aforementioned cases, only) name of each nominee.
Now that we’ve cleared that up, let’s turn to the lovely and talented Zooey Deschanel. Admittedly, I am personally not intimately familiar with her work, but I’ve certainly known about her since long before her TV show really put her on the map for many Americans. Despite the title of her hit sitcom, she is far from being a “New Girl” in Hollywood. I was first formally introduced to her as the sweet, soft spoken and very likable love interest of Will Ferrell in the hilariously funny holiday favorite, Elf. And what was really most memorable to me about her performance in that film was when, out of nowhere, she sidled up on me with that beautiful, silky singing voice of hers! That was the moment when I really took notice. Maybe I was the only one who hadn’t gotten the memo, but it was a pleasant surprise to me that she could sing, and sing well. Since then, I’ve enjoyed watching her deliver impressive performances, in her signature deadpan style, in such films as (500) Days of Summer (if only she and JGL would get together in real life)and Yes Man (anyone who can keep up with Jim Carrey deserves a medal). And although I didn’t realize it at the time, she was also in Almost Famous with a small yet memorable role as the young aspiring journalist’s troubled older sister.
She was born in 1980, destined for a career in showbiz. Her father is a cinematographer/director and her mother is an actress, and it was only a matter of time before Zooey would make her mark on Hollywood. (It’s definitely in their genes… her sister Emily has also established herself in the biz as the star of the hit crime drama, Bones). By 1998 Zooey had landed her first TV gig on an episode of “Veronica’s Closet,” and in 1999, she nabbed her first film role in Mumford, followed closely by Almost Famous. And the rest, as they say, is history.
Fast forward to today: she doesn’t look a day older than she did in Elf ten years ago (the girl simply does not age!) and she has taken the world by storm with her hit comedy series New Girl, playing a school teacher who has been laid off from her job and lives with her four male roommates. They each have their own personal quirks and challenges that collectively make them a fun, likable group that has been welcomed with open arms into millions of American living rooms. From the looks of it, they should probably make themselves pretty comfortable because they will likely be around for a very long time.
Zooey is not only uniquely likable as a talented actress, but as referenced before, the girl can sing. She is an established singer/songwriter/musician – she formed the indie duo “She & Him” with M. Ward a few years back. They have since released two albums and received a Grammy Award nomination for the song “So Long” in 2012.
Needless to say, critics love her. She has been popularly described as “adorkable” - a word that may as well have been created to define her, and come to think of it, probably was. She has been nominated for an Emmy and a Golden Globe, and she has just proven herself a fan favorite with her current People’s Choice Award nomination. I myself will be taking a little time to get to know her better (just watched New Girl last night!) and if you aren’t already a fan, I’d recommend you do the same.
So before you get back to voting for all your favorite nominees, take a moment to tell us which of Zooey’s past films is your favorite?
(500) Days of Summer
Our Idiot Brother