The Deschanel sisters are comprised of actresses Zooey and Emily, both talented individuals who have reached success in a variety of areas. While Emily is best known for her role on the television series “Bones,” Zooey has achieved success on the big screen with some major movie roles and currently performs in a musical group as well. Together, they are one of the most successful pair of siblings working today.
Emily Deschanel’s early success – Emily is the elder of the Deschanel sisters. Her acting career began at the age of eighteen in the movie, “It Could Happen to You.” She then went on to appear in a number of big name movies, albeit in smaller roles, including Oscar nominated “Cold Mountain” and sports movie “Glory Road.” She also appeared in a number of horror movies, including “Rose Red” and “Boogeyman,” which led to her breakout television role.
“Bones” – In 2005, this Deschanel sister was cast in the television series “Bones.” Emily stars as Dr. Temperance Brennan on the Fox television series based on the novels by Kathy Reichs. She co-stars with David Boreanaz, who last appeared on the horror series “Angel,” as the vampire with a soul. As of 2011, the show entered its sixth season as Emily plays a forensic anthropologist assigned to work with the FBI special agent played by Boreanaz.
Zooey Deschanel’s early success – Not to be outdone, the youngest of the Deschanel sisters also got a start in movies at an early age, starring in “Mumford” at the age of nineteen. She also appeared in movies as varied as “Almost Famous,” “Big Trouble” and “The Good Girl” before capturing mainstream success in the Will Farrell Christmas comedy “Elf.”
“(500) Days of Summer” – The biggest success for the younger Deschanel sister came in the independent hit, "(500) Days of Summer." The small movie earned Oscar buzz and picked up both critical and commercial success, making Zooey a star. The film, starring Zooey and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, tells an unusual story about a couple who fall in and out of love, but does so in a jumbled manner with all the scenes appearing out of order. It was a daring movie and earned the director, Marc Webb, critical acclaim which he cashed in to take over the “Spider-Man” franchise.
Musical Careers – Both of the Deschanel sisters have not been afraid to display their musical talents, but Emily has been more downbeat with hers, only showing hints of it on “Bones.” Zooey, however, has went all out, forming the band “She & Him.” The band is a folk duo with Zooey and Matthew Ward and they have released two albums as of 2011. Zooey has also sang in various movies, including “Elf,” “Yes Man” and “(500) Days of Summer.”
- Shawn Lealos