Deschanel appeared in Frasier, in the season ten episode titled "Kissing Cousin" as Roz Doyle's out-of-control cousin, Jen.
The New York Times reported that Deschanel was "one of Hollywood's most sought-after young stars," in 2002, and the Los Angeles Times wrote in early 2003 that Deschanel had become a recognizable type, due to "her deadpan, sardonic and scene-stealing [film] performances" as the protagonist's best friend.
Deschanel lived in Los Angeles, but spent much of her childhood traveling because her father shot films on location; she later said that she "hated all the traveling ...
I'm really happy now that I had the experience, but at the time I was just so miserable to have to leave my friends in Los Angeles and go to places where they didn't have any food I liked or things I was used to." Deschanel had a guest appearance on the television series Veronica's Closet in 1998 and made her film debut in Lawrence Kasdan's comedy Mumford (1999), revolving around the neurotic residents in a small town and co-starring Hope Davis, Jason Lee, Alfre Woodard and Mary Mc Donnell.
She took on the role of a cynical, plain-spoken young woman working in a big-box store in the black dramedy The Good Girl, starring Jennifer Aniston and Jake Gyllenhaal.
She appeared with Katie Holmes, Benjamin Bratt and Melanie Lynskey in the psychological thriller Abandon.
Well, not so much."We've been friends for 10 years," 31-year-old Levitt says about his singing costar, according to .
Zooey Deschanel Knows The Pain Of Love Gone Bad So has that time finally come for these buds to take their relationship into couplehood?Deschanel objected to her typecasting, arguing, "A lot of these roles are just a formula idea of somebody's best friend, and it's like, I don't even have that many friends.In high school, I stayed home all the time, so I don't know how I'm everybody's best friend now." After turning down several supporting roles, Deschanel made her leading debut in All the Real Girls (2003) as Noel, a sexually curious 18-year-old virgin who has a life-changing romance with an aimless 22-year-old.Also in 1999, she appeared (non-singing) in the music video for The Offspring's single "She's Got Issues".Deschanel co-starred in Cameron Crowe's semi-autobiographical Almost Famous (2000), where she played Anita Miller, the rebellious older sister of a teenage journalist.Despite a modest box office response, the film received critical praise, winning the Golden Globe Award for Best Film – Musical or Comedy.