Emily Deschanel was born in California, the older daughter of legendary cinematographer Caleb Deschanel and actress Mary Jo Deschanel. Her younger sister is Zooey Deschanel. Due to her parents' work, she traveled extensively as a child. She was educated in Los Angeles at Harvard-Westlake and Crossroads Schools. Deschanel went on to study at Boston University, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater.
Her movie debut was as "paint-throwing fur activist" in It Could Happen to You (1994), and her first big television role was as a psychic in the Stephen King mini-series "Rose Red" (2002). More TV and film parts followed including Cold Mountain (2003) and Spider-Man 2 (2004). Her defining role came in 2005, when she began playing Dr. Temperance 'Bones' Brennan in the popular series "Bones". Since the third season of the show, Deschanel has also served as a producer.
A committed animal rights supporter, Deschanel is a vegan. She is married to David Hornsby and they have a son, Henry.
|David Hornsby||(25 September 2010 - present) 1 child|
Older sister of Zooey Deschanel.
Graduated from Boston University's Professional Actor's Training Program with a B.F.A. in Theater
Lives in both Los Angeles and New York.
Interview magazine named her one of "6 Actors to Watch" in their annual "Young Hollywood" issue. [October 2004]
Her paternal grandfather was French and the remainder of her ancestry is Irish American.
Is a vegan.
While attending Boston University, she lived on Hooker Street in Brighton, which she calls a "cool neighborhood.".
She attended Boston University with fellow actress Ginnifer Goodwin.
She studied theatre at Boston University's College of Fine Arts.
She is a member on the advisory board of the Adrienne Shelly Foundation, which supports female actors, writers, and directors in honor of the late filmmaker.
She owns a duplex and lives with her sister, Zooey Deschanel.
She owned a dog, a female Wheaten terrier, who now lives with her ex-boyfriend.
Ex-sister-in-law of Benjamin Gibbard.
[March 31, 2011] Expecting her first child with husband David Hornsby in late 2011.
She gave co-star David Boreanaz a belt buckle saying "The Man" with an arrow pointing up and "The Legend" with an arrow point down as a birthday gift.
Sister Zooey Deschanel was her maid of honor.
Emily grew up in Italy, Canada, France, Yugoslavia, England, and South Africa.
While growing up, she wanted to be an architect.
Her baby was born on her father Caleb Deschanel's birthday.
Gave birth to her first child at age 34, a son Henry Lamar Hornsby, two weeks early on September 21, 2011. Child's father is her husband, David Hornsby.
Was 9 months pregnant with her son Henry when she took maternity leave from filming the seventh season of "Bones" (2005).
Returned to work 10 weeks after giving birth to her son Henry to resume filming the seventh season of "Bones" (2005).
Is a progressive Democrat.
I was in school with Ginnifer Goodwin; she's a couple of years younger than I am. She's super-sweet. She told me I gave her a pep talk once, even though I can't remember it. And Michael Chiklis - I love "The Shield" (2002) - he's so good. When I was in school, he came to speak to us about acting and told this story about how he had "As You Like It" on his resume; and a casting director asked if it were a soap opera. The casting guy said, "ABC? NBC?" and Chiklis said, "No, Shakespeare". I'll never forget it.
I'm a vegan, but you can be really unhealthy as a vegan, too. Vegan just means that you don't use animal products, so you don't wear leather, you don't wear wool, and you don't eat animal products. But you can eat french fries and stuff like that all day long.
(On similarities between her and her sister) We both tend not to pay much attention to what's socially acceptable, and we like to do crazy stuff. We both love to dance and will dance whenever, wherever, whether there's music playing or not. My whole family is very sarcastic and constantly making jokes.
Everything I know about makeup, I've learned from my sister.
(discussing her food as a child) No sugar cereal. Hot dogs with no nitrates. We weren't allowed to have McDonald's. When the babysitter came, we could have Kraft macaroni and cheese.
I'm definitely a people person. I love socializing and being around people and having a good conversation.
(April 2011) Los Angeles, CA, USA: expecting a baby in late 2011, with husband David Hornsby.
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