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15 Times Zooey Deschanel Was THE Quirky Girl

With defining, wacky roles in (500) Days of Summer; Yes Man; and now TV's New Girl, Zooey Deschanel has always been the quintessential quirky girl. Whether she's playing a ukulele, riding a fixed-gear bike, or simply rocking blunt bangs harder than anyone in Hollywood, Deschanel has never tried to fit the mold of typical leading lady, and we love it! Here are 15 times Zooey Deschanel solidified herself as Hollywood's quirky girl.

Aspired to Be a Broadway Singer

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Even as a young girl, Zooey Deschanel loved both acting and music. The star once told The New York Times that throughout high school she thought she might become a Broadway singer.

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Named Her Daughter Elsie Otter

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To the delight of fans, Deschanel and husband Jacob Pechenik named their daughter, born last July, Elsie Otter. She explained Otter on Today, saying, "There's so many amazing things about otters." She said otters are very sweet and smart and hold hands while they sleep.

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She Had a Party at the American Girl Store as an Adult

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Zooey Deschanel has a delightfully childlike spirit, and in 2011, she revealed she'd recently thrown a party for her friends at American Girl Place. Growing up, she had both the Molly and Samantha dolls.

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Memorized the Film 'This is Spinal Tap'

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When she likes something, Deschanel can be the most enthusiastic fan. A lot of people like the 1984 rock band mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap, but Deschanel knows the entire movie by heart.

Competitive Board Game Player

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While some young celebrities would have you think they're too cool for board games, Deschanel admits she enjoys playing them, adding that she's actually very competitive when she plays.

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Calls Herself a Music Nerd

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Considering that she took a three-year break from acting to tour with her band She & Him, it's obvious Deschanel has a passion for music. She's even described herself as a "true blue music nerd."

Had a Colorful Childhood in Show Business

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As the daughter of an actress and an Oscar-nominated cinematographer, Deschanel grew up in show business. She even attended Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences, where she hung out with future stars Kate Hudson and Jake Gyllenhaal.

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Queen of the Indie Flicks

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Before landing her own TV series, Zooey Deschanel had considerable success with indie films. Some of her most memorable work was in popular independent movies like (500) Days of Summer and The Good Girl.

She has Her Own Unique Style

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Celebrities tend to be very trend-conscious, but Zooey Deschanel is independent when it comes to curating her personal image. Bold, bright makeup colors; thick bangs; and flamboyant fashion are all part of Deschanel's iconic look.

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An Old-Fashioned Gal

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In addition to her retro look, she refers to herself as an old-fashioned gal and is forthcoming about her love of many things from bygone eras, including old movies, vintage clothes, screwball comedies, and old music.

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Interesting Dating History

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Before marrying producer Jacob Pechenik last year, she had an interesting and eclectic collection of boyfriends, including actors Chris Kattan, Jason Schwartzman, Matthew Davis, and ex-husband Ben Gibbard of the band Death Cab for Cutie.

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Wrote a Screenplay Called "Circus Girl"

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Broadening her creative horizons, she and Jackson Nash wrote the screenplay for a potential film, Circus Girl, with plans for Deschanel to play the nerdy lead. It involves a giant diamond, a witch, and evil red balloons.

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Belongs to a Cabaret Group

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Besides the indie pop she recorded for duo She & Him, Zooey Deschanel is also very interested in jazz and performs with a cabaret group called If All the Stars Were Pretty Babies.

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Started Comedy Website HelloGiggles

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Deschanel obviously has a great sense of humor, and in 2011 she co-launched a comedy website geared toward women, called HelloGiggles. The positive online community features posts about love, entertainment, fashion, culture, and more.

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Can Do Impressions

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Among her many talents, Deschanel can do impressions of a variety of showbiz icons, including Judy Garland, Debbie Reynolds, and Julie Andrews as Maria Von Trapp in The Sound of Music. Plus, she can do the Chipmunk voice.

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