Zooey Deschanel, Hannah Simone, New Girl

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Who's that girl? It's birthday girl, Zooey Deschanel!

Today, the Los Angeles native turns 39 years old and we are celebrating the only way we know rounding up her best roles so far in her career.

We'd be lying if we said we won't also be playing a game of True American later this evening in honor of Deschanel's iconic TV character Jessica Day, but for now we're just focusing on the actress's successful career. 

She has been acting since 1998 and comes from an entertainment family with her big sister Emily Deschanel also in the industry, known best for her long-running crime drama Bones, so she's no stranger to big roles.

In honor of Deschanel's birthday, we're grabbing a slice of cake and our remote and re-watching all of the actress's best films and some of our favorite episodes of New Girl all day long. Sounds like a good plan, right?

Whether you've been a fan of the brunette beauty since she played the big sis and flight attendant in Almost Famous in 2000 or were addicted to the star on New Girl when she was totally adorkable, we can all agree that Deschanel is a killer actress.

Over the years we've become bigger and bigger fans of the star and now we're trying to decide which of her roles is our absolute favorite.

Could it be when she played Will Ferrell's love interest in Elf? Or what about when she played the hilarious Kit in Failure to Launch? She is just so versatile as an actress and we love her so.

Now it's your turn to cast your vote for which of Deschanel's roles below is your all-time favorite.

Don't forget to wish the star a happy birthday today while you're at it, too!

Zooey Deschanel, Almost Famous

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Zooey Deschanel, Elf

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Zooey Deschanel, Failure to Launch

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Zooey Deschanel, Bridge To Terabithia

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Zooey Deschanel, Yes Man

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zooey Deschanel, (500) Days of Summer

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Zooey Deschanel, Our Idiot Brother

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New Girl


Rock the Kasbah, Zooey Deschanel

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Zooey Deschanel's Best Role Poll
Which of Zooey Deschanel's roles is your favorite?
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