Deschanel appeared in a guest role on the television series Veronica’s Closet before making her film debut in Lawrence Kasdan’s 1999 comedy Mumford, and later in the year she appeared (non-singing) in the music video for The Offspring’s single “She’s Got Issues”. In her second film, director Cameron Crowe’s semi-autobiographical Almost Famous (2000), Deschanel played Anita Miller, the protagonist’s rebellious older sister. The film received critical praise, but was not a box office success.
Deschanel played supporting roles in a series of films that included Manic (2001), with Don Cheadle and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Big Trouble (2002), with Tim Allen and Rene Russo, Abandon (2002) alongside Katie Holmes, Benjamin Bratt and Melanie Lynskey, and The Good Girl (2002) alongside Jennifer Aniston and Jake Gyllenhaal. In late 2002, The New York Times reported that Deschanel was “one of Hollywood’s most sought-after young stars,” and the Los Angeles Times wrote in early 2003 that Deschanel… read more
"New Girl" is funny as fuck- congrats on making a sitcom that's actually funny. Also nice to see a sitcom that doesn't go all cinema verité on us with "edgy" handheld camera (Can't wait for that trend to die out. ). Come back, multi-camera setups and cheesy laugh tracks and/or "filmed in front of a live studio audience"...come back...!