An actress with talent and poise, Emily Deschanel has built an impressive list of credits throughout her career, challenging herself with each new role.
She recently starred in Anne Renton’s 2012 independent comedy “The Perfect Family,” opposite Kathleen Turner and Jason Ritter. Deschanel played a successful lawyer who struggles with telling her religious mother she is pregnant and in a loving, committed relationship with another woman.
Also on the big screen, Deschanel starred in Nick Cassavetes’ film, “My Sister’s Keeper”; Jerry Bruckheimer’s “Glory Road,” opposite Josh Lucas, Derek Luke and Jon Voight; Anthony Minghella’s “Cold Mountain”; John Lee Hancock’s “The Alamo”; Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man 2”; Stephen Kay’s “Boogeyman”; and Jane Weinstock’s “Easy.” Deschanel’s television credits include guest appearances on “Crossing Jordan,” “Providence” and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” as well as the Stephen King miniseries, “Rose Red.”
A member of the Interact Theatre Company, Deschanel’s theater credits include “Emily” in “Our Town” and “Natasha” in “Three Sisters.”
An animal rights activist, Deschanel is passionately involved with the Farm Sanctuary, working to end cruelty toward farm animals and promoting compassionate living through rescue, education and advocacy. She is also involved with the Humane Society and Women for Women International.
Deschanel was born in Los Angeles and received her B.F.A. in theater from Boston University.