Zooey Deschanel's 5 Dorkiest Roles (Video)
New Girl star Zooey Deschanel has a hit on her hands.
Her quirky Fox comedy, in which she plays a recently-dumped woman who lives with three men, premiered Tuesday night to 10.1 million total viewers following Glee and snagging a strong 4.8 rating in the ad-coveted adults 18-49 demographic.
But Deschanel, the sister of Bones actress Emily Deschanel and married to Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard, has been working in film and television for years. Not only is she a seasoned actress, she is one-half of indie outfit She & Him.
Here are some of the key roles that boosted Zooey Deschanel's "it" factor:
1. Summer Finn in (500) Days of Summer
Deschanel starred in the romantic comedy (500) Days of Summer, co-starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, as Summer Finn, an assistant to Tom's boss and love interest of Tom's. The film received critical acclaim when it was released in 2009 and many praised the strong performances by Deschanel and Gordon-Levitt. Film critic Roger Ebert gave the film a four-star review, saying the film is "alive with invention." Deschanel was nominated for a Satellite Award for best actress in a comedy or musical.
2. Jovie in Elf
Deschanel starred as Jovie in the 2003 Will Ferrell movie, which was directed by Jon Favreau. Jovie, who overcomes her shyness by the end of the Christmas film, and Buddy (Ferrell) happily marry and have a daughter named Susie. The Warner Bros. feature made $173.4 million in the domestic box office. Watch Buddy ask Jovie out on a date.
3. Kat in Weeds
Deschanel's character on the second and third seasons of the Showtime comedy, Kat, was a quirky character, arriving in Agrestic after meeting Andy Botwin in Alaska. Her reason for the visit? She wrote a book and needed him to sign a release so she could publish her work as non-fiction. One of the Botwin kids, Shane, begins to develop a crush on Kat. Deschanel guest starred on her older sister Emily's Fox show, Bones, in 2009 as Margaret Whitesell.
4. Anita Miller in Almost Famous
She played troubled older sister Anita Miller in Cameron Crowe's Almost Famous, which starred Patrick Fugit and Kate Hudson. The 2000 film could be argued as Deschanel's breakout role.
5. Allison in Yes Man
The 2008 comedy starring Jim Carrey was one of the first major films where Deschanel snagged a lead role. Her character, Allison, a young woman who happens to be a lead singer of a band called Munchausen by Proxy, embarks on a relationship with Carrey's Carl, a bank employee. Though the film generated mixed reactions, (500) Days of Summer would follow shortly thereafter.