In high school, I stayed home all the time, so I don't know how I'm everybody's best friend now." After turning down several supporting roles, Deschanel made her leading debut in All the Real Girls (2003) as Noel, a sexually curious 18-year-old virgin who has a life-changing romance with an aimless 22-year-old.
Her paternal grandfather was French, from Oullins, Rhône; her roots are mainly French and also include Swiss, Dutch, English, Irish, and other French ancestry.
Deschanel lived in Los Angeles, but spent much of her childhood traveling because her father shot films on location; she later said that she "hated all the traveling ...
; born January 17, 1980) is an American actress and singer-songwriter.
She made her film debut in Mumford (1999), followed by a supporting role in Cameron Crowe's film Almost Famous (2000).
Her performance received critical praise, In 2004, Deschanel starred in Eulogy and in 2005, she played Trisha Mc Millan in the film adaptation of Douglas Adams's science fiction novel The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
She acted in Winter Passing (2005), co-starring Will Ferrell.
I'm really happy now that I had the experience, but at the time I was just so miserable to have to leave my friends in Los Angeles and go to places where they didn't have any food I liked or things I was used to." Deschanel had a guest appearance on the television series Veronica's Closet in 1998 and made her film debut in Lawrence Kasdan's comedy Mumford (1999), revolving around the neurotic residents in a small town and co-starring Hope Davis, Jason Lee, Alfre Woodard and Mary Mc Donnell.
Also in 1999, she appeared (non-singing) in the music video for The Offspring's single "She's Got Issues".
Deschanel appeared in the independent drama Manic (2001), as the love interest of a troubled teen (Joseph Gordon-Levitt).
The film was screened at the Sundance Film Festival and received a limited theatrical release.
Deschanel, with Alyson Hannigan, Jaime King, Minka Kelly, and Katharine Mc Phee made a video slumber party featured on Funnyor to promote regular breast cancer screenings for the organization Stand Up 2 Cancer.