Photo of Zooey Deschanel Zooey Deschanel

The daughter of Oscar-nominated cinematographer Caleb Deschanel and actress Mary Jo Deschanel, Zooey Deschanel spent the better part of her youth on movie sets. Not surprisingly, she knew from an early age that she wanted to be an actress.

Born Jan. 17, 1980, in Los Angeles, Deschanel got her first break when she landed a guest spot on the sitcom "Veronica's Closet." A year later, she made her film debut as a troubled teen in Mumford (1999), and the following year she joined the ensemble cast of director Cameron Crowe's megahit Almost Famous.

With her career off the launching pad, Deschanel has worked steadily ever since with roles in The Good Girl (2002), All the Real Girls (2003), the Will Ferrell comedy Elf (2003), The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005) and Failure to Launch (2006). Also a talented vocalist, Deschanel appeared in the 2005 TV remake of Once Upon a Mattress.

Zooey Deschanel in Trolls

Trolls

2016 PG

Inspired by the beloved troll dolls that have entertained kids for decades, this animated tale follows the always-happy Princess Poppy and her grouchy survivalist companion Branch as they embark on a journey that takes them into an unfamiliar world.

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