Emily Deschanel

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Name: Emily Deschanel ( Emily Deschanel )
Born: October 11, 1976
Age: 47 years old
Birthplace: Los Angeles, USA
Height: 5 Feet 9 Inches
Occupation: actress, producer
Relationship Status: married
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  • Horoscope: Libra
  • Net worth: $30 000 000
  • Ethnicity: Mixed (Swiss, Dutch, English, Irish, and French)
  • Nationality: American
  • Fathers name: Caleb Deschanel
  • Mothers name: Mary Jo Deschanel
  • Education: Boston University
  • Hair color: Dark Brown
  • Eye color: Blue
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    Emily Deschanel: biography

    Emily Deschanel is an American actress with French and Irish roots. She was born in October 1976 into the family of Caleb Deschanel and Mary Jo Weir. Emily’s father is a successful movie director and producer; the mother stopped developing her career after the series Twin Peaks and took care of the children. Emily has a younger sister, Zooey Deschanel, who is also a popular actress.

    Emily and Zooey Deschanel
    Emily and Zooey Deschanel

    Due to the father’s job, the family had to travel often. Before Emily reached the legal age, she lived in France, Italy, Yugoslavia, Canada, and South Africa. The girls’ mother who had sacrificed her own career tried to encourage her daughters’ desire to be actresses.

    Emily Deschanel in her childhood
    Emily Deschanel in her childhood

    The family stayed in France a little longer than other countries; besides, Caleb came from this country. The parents often took Emily to the theater; she absorbed its beauty enthusiastically. At that time, the father gave his daughter the first acting lessons.

    Young Emily Deschanel
    Young Emily Deschanel

    According to Emily, the mother instilled the love of beautiful clothes and makeup in the girls; she taught them excellent manners.

    In the course of time, Emily went to Boston and finished acting classes in a local university. She also received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater.


    Emily debuted on the big screen in 1994: it was the comedy It Could Happen to You starring Nicolas Cage and Bridget Fonda. It was the father who contributed to his daughter’s bright start. Still, Emily did not become famous then: she had to take many episodic and secondary roles before the real fame.

    Emily Deschanel in the movie It Could Happen to You
    Emily Deschanel in the movie It Could Happen to You

    Soon, the young actress was offered a role in the screen adaptation of Stephen King’s novel Rose Red; finally, directors and producers took notice of Emily’s talent. Several movies and series, including the Academy-Award-winning movie Cold Mountain and the blockbuster Spider-Man 2, followed.

    2005 was marked with the breakthrough: Deschanel received one of the lead roles in the thriller Boogeyman. This project was a tremendous success; the box office was impressive. Both ordinary people and movie creators recognized Emily Deschanel, and she starred in the new Fox series Bones.

    Emily Deschanel in the series Bones
    Emily Deschanel in the series Bones

    The role of Temperance Brennan brought Emily fame quickly. The audience liked the detective anthropologist so much that the actress turned into a star on the first day after the pilot episode. Deschanel gained several prestigious awards. In 2006, she was nominated for Satellite Award; 2007, 2011, and 2012 were marked with Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Drama nominations.

    Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz
    Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz

    From the third season of Bones, Emily worked as a co-producer of the project together with Kathy Reichs, the detective novel writer and the prototype of Deschanel’s character. In the fourth season, Emily’s colleague David Boreanaz also became the producer of the franchise.

    In this project, feminine and fragile Emily plays an outstanding anthropologist, forensic doctor, and archeologist. This character deals with people’s remnants better with living persons; for this reason, it is difficult for her to cooperate with an FBI agent and his team. Overall, it is exciting to watch the beautiful doctor and charming agent’s relationship.

    Emily Deschanel in the movie Boogeyman
    Emily Deschanel in the movie Boogeyman

    Emily Deschanel has conquered the world of television as the series character and seems to keep it up. The full-length movies with the actress continue to appear on the big screen, and the star can be sure that viewers will not mistake her for somebody else. In comparison, the artist’s younger sister, Zooey Deschanel, is often mixed with the singer Katy Perry: the women bear much resemblance to each other.

    Personal life

    Both media and fans did not know much about Deschanel Jr.’s personal life. The woman did not keep it secret, but her work enthusiasm led to the absence of something significant. Emily learned her mother’s lesson and put many endeavors in her career. By the moment she starred in Bones, the woman was almost 30, but she did not even think of marriage.

    Emily Deschanel without makeup
    Emily Deschanel without makeup

    Many people expected the actress to date her series colleague. Nevertheless, the actors were only friends. The episode where the “wonder woman” appeared in a hot costume and seemed to be flirting with David Boreanaz’s character encouraged the audience to hope for their real feelings. Thus, it was a great surprise when the actress started visiting social events with the shy scriptwriter David Hornsby.

    Emily Deschanel with her husband
    Emily Deschanel with her husband

    In September 2010, the couple married officially. The wedding ceremony was modest and took place in Los Angeles; only relatives and close friends were invited. The next year, on September 21, 2011, Emily and David’s first child, Henry Lamar Hornsby, was born.

    Emily Deschanel put on some weight after childbirth
    Emily Deschanel put on some weight after childbirth

    The actress is used to work by all means; she participated in Bones when she was pregnant, and the producers had to introduce some adjustments to the script: her character had two children because Emily gave birth to the second son, Calvin Hornsby, in 2015.

    Although the woman put on some weight after childbirth, she managed to get fit again quickly; today, she looks beautiful, to fans’ pleasure.

    Present days

    Rumors has it that Emily is pregnant again; the audience is still wondering why the actress left the series Bones. In February 2016, Fox channel announced the 12th and the last season of this project. The first episode was presented on January 3, 2017.

    Interesting facts

    • Emily is vegan: she does not eat animal products. She did not change her opinion even when she got pregnant.
    • Michaela Conlin is Emily’s best friend in real life.
    • Emily Deschanel promotes regular screening to prevent women’s breast cancer; she appeared in a social advertisement related to this topic.
    • Emily actively participates in campaigns on animals’ rights protection.
    • Emily is a great-granddaughter of the eleventh French president, Paul Deschanel.
    • In 2004, Interview included Emily Deschanel in its “six actresses to watch” list.


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