Zooey and Emily Deschanel

Celebrity Q&A, People
on December 27, 2011

Q: Is Zooey Deschanel related to Emily Deschanel?

—Kim Isaac, Williamsburg, Va.

They're sisters. Zooey, 31, turned to her older sis, 35, who has played Dr. Brennan on Bones since 2005, for advice when she landed the lead role in her own series, New Girl, which debuted last fall on the Fox network. Both actresses come from a show-biz family: Mom Mary-Jo played astronaut John Glenn's wife, Annie, in the movie The Right Stuff (1983), and dad Caleb is a Hollywood cinematographer whose work behind the camera includes The Passion of the Christ and The Patriot.