Zooey Claire Deschanel is an American actress, model and singer-songwriter. She made her film debut in Mumford and next obtained a supporting role in Cameron Crowe's film Almost Famous . Deschanel is known for her deadpan comedy roles in films such as The Good Girl , The New Guy , Elf , The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy , Failure to Launch , Yes Man , and 500 Days of Summer . She has ventured into more dramatic territory with Manic , All the Real Girls , Winter Passing , and Bridge to Terabithia . From 2011 to 2018, she played Jessica Day on the Fox sitcom New Girl, for which she received an Emmy Award nomination and three Golden Globe Award nominations.For a few years starting in 2001, Deschanel performed in the jazz cabaret act If All the Stars Were Pretty Babies with actress Samantha Shelton. In 2006, Deschanel teamed up with M.