She was voted #44 in BuddyTV's 'TV's 100 Sexiest Women of 2009'.
Film and TV Movie Credits:
• My Sister's Keeper (2009) as Dr. Farquad
• That Night (2005) as Annie
• Mute (2005) as Claire
• Old Tricks (2004) as Woman
• The Dan Show (2003) as Sam
• The Heart Department (2001) as Maude Allyn
• It's a Shame About Ray (2000) as Maggie
• It Could Happen to You (1994) as Paint Throwing Fur-Activist
Emily was nominated for "Sexiest Vegetarian of the Year" by PETA in 2007.
Emily loves reading. Her other hobbies include hiking and fixing up her house.
Emily doesn't believe that she inherits her father's talent of cinematography, but she does think he opened her eyes to film and story-telling.
When Emily was 21, she used to work as a hostess at a restaurant, in New York. She says she was too good at that job, and focused on it instead of her acting career.
Emily used to take yoga classes with her sister Zooey. She says she no longer has the patience to practice it.
One of Emily's skills is that she can use a an Irish accent. However, she claims it sounds more Scottish.
Ever since Emily began working on Bones, she has been reading a lot of forensic anthropology books.
Emily attended Boston University with actress Ginnifer Goodwin.
Emily learned shooting and martial arts for her role on Bones. She also studied forensics from Kathy Reichs, the author of the books behind the series.
Emily appeared on the cover page of the magazine named PDTV dated August 27th 2006.
When she was in school, Emily's favorite subjects were math and science. She says she was a nerd in school.
Emily says the best thing about working with David Boreanaz is that he always makes her laugh and she feels very comfortable around him.
Emily is interested in forensics, much like her character on Bones Dr. Temperance Brennan, but she has said that she would be sick if she had to look at dead bodies all the time.
In 2007, Emily was nominated for a Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actress: Drama for Bones. She was nominated for Best Actress in a Series, Drama in the Satellite Awards the previous year for the same role.
Emily used to own a Wheaten terrier, but the dog now belongs to Emily's ex-boyfriend.
Emily serves on the board of the Adrienne Shelly foundation. The foundation works to help female actresses and directors.
Emily attended both the 2003 Toronto International Film Festival and the 2004 Sundance Film Festival with the movie Easy, which she acted in.
Emily's last name is pronounced "day-shuh-nell", with the stress on the first syllable.
Her paternal grandfather was French and the rest of her ancestry is Irish.
Emily used to practice karate in college and was a member of the karate team.
Emily's grandparents live in Portland, Oregon. She loves to visit them anytime she can.
Emily cried after she read a review that described her performance as Natasha in the 2002 play The Three Sisters as 'wonderfully bitchy'.
Emily has been a vegan since 1992. She eats neither meat nor dairy products. She stopped eating and wearing animal products after seeing Diet for a New America in high school.
Emily was a member of the InterAct Theatre Company. While with the theatre group, she portrayed Emily in the play Our Town.
Although Emily is from Los Angeles, California, she splits her time between living there and in New York. She shares a duplex with her sister Zooey.
Emily is 5 feet 9 inches (1.75 meters) tall. She has blue eyes and dark brown hair.
Emily Deschanel: (About her character on Bones) Personally, I was really drawn to a very strong female character; an intelligent woman who is extremely good at her job, but has trouble relating in her personal life to people beyond her area of scientific expertise.
Emily Deschanel: (Discussing her food as a child) No sugar cereal. Hot dogs with no nitrates. We weren't allowed to have McDonald's. When the babysitter came, we could have Kraft macaroni and cheese.
Emily Deschanel: (About her show Bones) I love doing a show where I can go back and forth between drama and comedy.
Emily Deschanel: I'm definitely a people person. I love socializing and being around people and having a good conversation.
Emily Deschanel: (On similarities between her and her sister) We both tend not to pay much attention to what's socially acceptable, and we like to do crazy stuff. We both love to dance and will dance whenever, wherever, whether there's music playing or not. My whole family is very sarcastic and constantly making jokes.
Emily Deschanel: (On the fourth season of Bones) We're growing deeper of friends this season. [In an upcoming episode] we investigate a certain kind of fetish and it brings up a little sexual tension.... They'll be forced to face what they feel for each other [early in the season].
Emily Deschanel: (On her Bones character Dr. Temperance Brennan) Brennan has been abandoned by her father and her brother - the closest men in her life - and she can't let go of that. She's pretty much fearless in the rest of her life, but fear governs her relationships.
Emily Deschanel: (On her show Bones) I've always been fascinated by the whole forensics thing, but this show doesn't have a cold feeling to it. It's more about the characters, and I love that.
Emily Deschanel: (On her show Bones) It's an incredibly intelligent show and it's character-driven. The script was very ambitious, trying to do so many different things, and I believe it really accomplished all of those things. It crosses genres and it's exciting when you read something different like that.
Emily Deschanel: (regarding Doctor Temperance Brennan's conservative appearance) My character is very buttoned up on the show, so I try to keep the make-up to a minimum. My hair has been stick-straight, up in a ponytail, wavy and down. It changes daily.
Emily Deschanel: (When asked about her chemistry with Bones co-star David Boreanaz) You know, I think David [Boreanaz] and I immediately had a kind of chemistry as actors together. We work hard, we work together every weekend, we work hard at keeping the chemistry there. I think what's great is the writers write all these different scenes, where we get to explore the characters in different ways, so it keeps it really fresh and interesting. We're not getting stuck in some kind of rut.
Emily Deschanel: I'm a vegan, but you can be really unhealthy as a vegan, too. Vegan just means that you don't use animal products, so you don't wear leather, you don't wear wool, and you don't eat animal products. But you can eat French fries and stuff like that all day long.
Emily Deschanel: I was in school with Ginnifer [Goodwin]; she's a couple of years younger than I am. She's super sweet. She told me I gave her a pep talk once, even though I can't remember it. And [Michael] Chiklis - I love The Shield - he's so good. When I was in school, he came to speak to us about acting and told this story about how he had As You Like It on his resume; and a casting director asked if it were a soap opera. The casting guy said, "ABC? NBC?" and Chiklis said, "No, Shakespeare." I'll never forget it.
Emily Deschanel: Everything I know about makeup, I've learned from my sister.
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