Zooey Claire Deschanel is an American actress, musician, and singer-songwriter. In 1999, Deschanel made her film debut in Mumford, followed by her breakout role as young protagonist William Miller's troubled older sister Anita in Cameron Crowe's 2000 semi-autobiographical film Almost Famous. Deschanel soon became known for her deadpan and "Manic Pixie Dream Girl" supporting roles in films such as Elf , The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy , Failure to Launch , Bridge to Terabithia Happening, TheThe Happening , Yes Man , and Days of Summer . She currently stars in the Fox series New Girl. She has been nominated for Golden Globe and Grammy Awards.