; born January 17, 1980) is an American actress, model and singer-songwriter.She made her film debut in Mumford (1999), followed by a supporting role in Cameron Crowe's film Almost Famous (2000).In addition to the ten original songs, the album features two cover songs: "You Really Got a Hold on Me" (composed by Smokey Robinson) and "I Should Have Known Better" (composed by John Lennon and Paul Mc Cartney).They took a break after that, as Ward was on tour and Deschanel was filming a movie. Their first public appearance as a band was a year and two months earlier at the Sundance screening of The Go-Getter. On March 17, 2010, She & Him released their second album, Volume Two.They performed the song "When I Get to the Border" by Richard and Linda Thompson. He was surprised to learn that although she wrote songs she hadn't pursued a career in music.Deschanel commented in an interview with Venus Zine: "I always thought I would be able to sing and act, but at a certain point, it became difficult for me to share the music part.On June 27, 2014, it was announced that She & Him had left independent label Merge Records and had joined major label Columbia Records, with their fifth studio album, Classics, scheduled to be released later in the year.The next month, Deschanel and Ward were photographed with Brian Wilson in the studio recording his forthcoming album No Pier Pressure which features Deschanel as a guest vocalist on the cha-cha-esque track "On the Island".
The California music scene influenced Ward's production of the album and inspired his guitar work with alt-country singers like Jenny Lewis.They performed at other events and began their first tour in the summer of 2008. The album features eleven original songs written by Deschanel and covers of NRBQ's 1977 single "Ridin' in My Car" and Patience and Prudence's "Gonna Get Along Without You Now", as well as a guest appearance from the indie pop group Tilly and the Wall on the track "In the Sun".They performed concerts throughout the United States including the music festivals South by Southwest, Coachella, Bonnaroo, Savannah, Sasquatch, Nateva, Verge and the inaugural Lou Fest in St.The New York Times found Deschanel to be "particularly spontaneous, unaffected and emotionally direct" in her role. In the comedy Big Trouble, with Tim Allen and Rene Russo, she played the daughter of Russo's character, and she starred in the teen comedy The New Guy as a guitar player in a band.She took on the role of a cynical, plain-spoken young woman working in a big-box store in the black dramedy The Good Girl, starring Jennifer Aniston and Jake Gyllenhaal.Ward and Deschanel recorded in Portland, Oregon in December 2006 and February to March 2007. They also recorded in Mike Coykendall's and Adam Selzer's studios and had a mixing session with Mike Mogis in his Omaha, Nebraska studio in either April or May 2007.Deschanel wrote all the original songs on the album except "Sweet Darlin'", which she co-wrote with Jason Schwartzman (an actor known for his frequent collaborations with Wes Anderson).Her paternal grandfather was French, from Oullins, Rhône; she also has Swiss, Dutch, English, Irish, and other French ancestry.Deschanel lived in Los Angeles, but spent much of her childhood traveling because her father shot films on location; she later said that she "hated all the traveling ...Louis, Missouri, headlining with the likes of Broken Social Scene, Jeff Tweedy and Built to Spill.They also toured Europe, visiting London, Madrid, Barcelona, Paris, Berlin, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Oslo, and Amsterdam.