TV Plus (South Africa) - - 23 DECEMBER -

zooey deschanel started her tv ca­reer in 1998 with a guest spot on kirstie al­ley’s sit­com veronica’s closet (1997-2000). but it’s only now with her role as jess in new girl (2011-cur­rent) that she’s es­tab­lished her­self as a lead ac­tress. and there’s more to the 34-year-old than just be­ing cute… talk about go­ing into the fam­ily business – zooey’s dad caleb (69) was the cin­e­matog­ra­pher on mel gib­son’s 2004 movie the pas­sion of the christ, her mom mary jo (68) played eileen hay­ward in 1990 se­ries twin peaks, and her older sis­ter emily (37) has played tem­per­ance bren­nan on bones since 2005. one of her pet peeves is peo­ple mis­pro­nounc­ing her name. “it’s not zoh-ee – it’s zoo-ey,” she says. and her sur­name is pro­nounced “day-shuh-nell”. the cal­i­for­nia na­tive went to santa mon­ica prep school cross­roads with kate hud­son (her co-star in 2000 movie almost fa­mous) and jake gyl­len­haal. zooey was go­ing to study mu­sic at var­sity but dropped out in her first year to pur­sue act­ing. she still dab­bles in mu­sic though – zooey per­formed her own singing in will fer­rell’s 2003 movie elf, she plays the pi­ano and ukulele, and she’s re­leased four al­bums (2008, 2010, 2011 and 2013) as a mem­ber of she & him, an in­die group with co-mem­ber m ward. plus, she played her­self in the off­spring’s she’s got is­sues mu­sic video in 1999 and she was a guest judge at the in­de­pen­dent mu­sic awards back in 2010. if you’ve no­ticed that she never sits still in new girl, that’s be­cause she suf­fers from at­ten­tion deficit hy­per­ac­tiv­ity disorder (adhd). zooey’s trade­mark is her cute girl­next-door looks, but she’s not afraid to vamp it up and work her sex ap­peal. she’s fea­tured on men’s mag­a­zines maxim and fhm hottest women lists for the last few years.

it’s im­pos­si­ble to hate cute zooey deschanel.

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