• Daughter of Caleb Deschanel and Mary Jo Deschanel.

• Sister of Zooey Deschanel.

• Graduated from Boston University’s Professional Actor’s Training Program with a B.F.A. in Theater.

• Is good friends with Melanie Lynskey and Jorja Fox; both are supporters of PETA and the Humane Society.

• 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.

• Was bridesmaid at wedding of best friend Melanie Lynskey to Jimmi Simpson [14 April 2007].

• She attended Boston University with fellow actress Ginnifer Goodwin.

• 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.

• She owned a dog, a female Wheaten terrier, who now lives with her ex-boyfriend.

• Emily’s last name is pronounced “day-shuh-NELL”, with “day” slightly more accented than the middle syllable, “shuh”.

• Emily’s best friend is Michaela Conlin who plays Angela Montenegro on Bones.

• Emily used to practice Karate in college and was a member of the karate team