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In 2000, Zooey Deschanel starred in one of her biggest films to date with Almost Famous. After her character Anita leaves home to travel the world, and eventually become a flight attendant, she leaves her little brother William (Patrick Fugit) with her records, which opens him up to the world of music. In turn he manages to get a gig while still in high school as a writer for Rolling Stone magazine following an up-and-coming band named Stillwater on tour. The film also stars Kate Hudson, Billy Crudup, Frances McDormand and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Deschanel won over hearts as Jovie, the Gimbels worker (she is an elf at Christmastime) who falls in love with Buddy the Elf (Will Ferrell) when he travels from the North Pole to New York to find his father.
Every rom-com needs a hilarious and semi-cynical BFF and that's exactly what the Los Angeles native's character Kit is in Failure to Launch. While her roommate and best friend Paula (Sarah Jessica Parker) is working on her latest project...to get Tripp (Matthew McConaughey) to move out of his parents' house, Kit is busy being crazy, sassy and trying to kill a mockingbird.
Based on the best-selling novel, Bridge to Terabithia is a movie about two kids who create their own land called Terabithia that's full of monsters, trolls, kings and queens. Together the two kids escape school bullies, weird family dynamics and more as they bond over their newfound friendship and fantasy land. Deschanel plays Jess (Josh Hutcherson) and Leslie's (AnnaSophia Robb) music teacher in the film.
After a lifetime of saying "no" has gotten him nowhere, Carl (Jim Carrey) takes a new approach to life...saying "yes" to everything. This leads to a promotion at work, a new girlfriend named Allison (Deschanel) and a lot of other positives in his world. The downside: not all opportunities should be taken and sometimes better isn't always good.
(500) Days of Summer isn't your typical rom-com, but it is one that you'll never forget. The film tells the tale of a woman named Summer (Deschanel) who doesn't believe true love exists and a guy named Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who falls in love with her. The offbeat rom-com shows you what it was like to fall in love, open up and ultimately be wrecked by Summer.
After getting out of jail for getting caught with marijuana, happy go-lucky Ned (Paul Rudd) finds himself living with his sisters, who don't exactly see the world through rose-colored glasses like he does. Deschanel plays Natalie, Ned's sister who is a bit on the slutty side, but eventually realizes that she can be more than that after her brother's sunny outlook and idiot actions makes her see her actions in a different light.
Beginning in 2011 and ending in 2018, Deschanel played the quirky and totally lovable Jessica Day on New Girl. Throughout its seven seasons, Jess found herself, made lifelong friends and fell in love all while living in an apartment loft with three single men (to start) in Los Angeles.
In 2015, Deschanel reunited with Hudson in Rock the Kasbah also starring Bill Murray. In the film Murray is a down-on-his-luck music manager who after taking Ronnie (Deschanel) to Afghanistan for a so-called tour finds a girl with an amazing voice and manages to get her to compete on the TV show, Afghan Star.