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Meet the Happening star

She's pretty striking, and best known for her awesomely deadpan expression. Zooey Deschanel's long been an up and coming star, but if the upcoming The Happening is a blockbuster, she might finally ride that wave.

Here's a look at her life and career thus far:

Born in Los Angeles in 1980, she was named after Zooey Glass, the elder brother in JD Salinger's Advaita-exploring novel Franny And Zooey. Born to an actress mother (Mary Jo was in Twin Peaks) and cinematographer father (Caleb shot The Passion Of The Christ), Zooey was pretty focussed on career decisions really early on in life.

By most accounts, while she struggled with forming words at age two, she still managed to tell her parents that she wanted to be an actress.

Photographs: Getty Images

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