is an American actress, model, singer-songwriter, and musician who is best known for her supporting film roles, such as Jovie in Elf
, and Summer Finn in (500) Days of Summer
, and for her television role as Jessica "Jess" Day
on the Fox
sitcom New Girl
. She also voiced Ani Aliikai
in the 2007
Sony Pictures animated film Surf's Up
For Disney, she played Nessa Watkins in the 1999 Touchstone Pictures film Mumford, Lady Larkin in the 2005 ABC musical television film Once Upon A Mattress, Jenny Herk in the 2002 Touchstone Pictures film Big Trouble, Trillian in the 2005 Touchstone Pictures film The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and Miss Edmunds in the 2007 fantasy film Bridge to Terabithia. She also provided songs for Disney's 2011 animated feature film Winnie the Pooh.
She is also the younger sister of actress Emily Deschanel.
Zooey Deschanel next to a Pooh plush toy.
Zooey Deschanel and sister Emily
attending the 91st annual Academy Awards in February 2019.