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UKISOCIETY
07-18-2009, 03:30 AM
From Esquire (http://www.esquire.com/the-side/qa/zooey-deschanel-gallery-071709):


ESQ: What instruments do you play?

ZD: Piano and guitar. I can kind of play a little bit of ukulele and pedal steel guitar.

...

ESQ: But which is your favorite?

ZD: Well, my piano's really beautiful. I actually have two pianos. I have a Yamaha upright from the '60s that's blond, wood, and black, and I also have one from the '20s from Chicago — not a well-known brand or anything. I have a banjo ukulele from the '20s that's beautiful. And then I have a 1952 Martin guitar, acoustic. I have some really awesome things.


A banjo uke? Move over, George. Zooey is cleaning my windows from now on! ;)

Here's a pic about her from a snippet (http://www.afterellen.com/blog/2007/01/30/yet-another-reason-to-adore-zooey-deschanel)that calls it a "banjo" (it's a Liberty banjolele, which I'm unfamiliar with, but it's a beauty).
http://www.afterellen.com/archive/ellen/blog/uploads/zooey1.jpg

Guess I missed her earlier "ukulele plea" in 2005. (http://www.hollywood.com/news/Zooey_Deschanels_Emotional_Ukelele_Plea/2439824)

ukeshale
07-18-2009, 03:34 AM
sweet! she sort of looks like that katie perry girl in that picture

UKISOCIETY
07-18-2009, 03:37 AM
The 2005 article that I link to in Post No.1 ^^

HOLLYWOOD - Hollywood actress Zooey Deschanel is leading a revival of the ukelele--because

she fears the unusual instrument will become defunct unless people start

playing it again.

The actress' grandmother inspired her to take up the

guitar-like instrument, by telling her inspirational stories about the

ukelele's fashionable status during the 1920s.

But Deschanel is anxious about the absence of her favorite instrument in

contemporary music, so has urged fans to follow her example by learning how to

play the ukelele.

She says, "I urge all my fans, friends, family anyone who'll listen to play

the ukelele. It's a brilliant instrument.

"I took it up after my granny told me about all the cool people who played

it, and the great clubs they performed in. It's got such a great sound that you don't hear any more. So please, learn it and keep the ukelele alive."

Article Copyright World Entertainment News Network All Rights Reserved.

sukie
07-18-2009, 03:43 AM
Judging by the number of people on UU, I don't think we really have to worry too much about the ukulele becoming defunct.

schuermurrman
07-18-2009, 04:06 AM
The 2005 article that I link to in Post No.1 ^^

HOLLYWOOD - Hollywood actress Zooey Deschanel is leading a revival of the ukelele--because

she fears the unusual instrument will become defunct unless people start

playing it again.

The actress' grandmother inspired her to take up the

guitar-like instrument, by telling her inspirational stories about the

ukelele's fashionable status during the 1920s.

But Deschanel is anxious about the absence of her favorite instrument in

contemporary music, so has urged fans to follow her example by learning how to

play the ukelele.

She says, "I urge all my fans, friends, family anyone who'll listen to play

the ukelele. It's a brilliant instrument.

"I took it up after my granny told me about all the cool people who played

it, and the great clubs they performed in. It's got such a great sound that you don't hear any more. So please, learn it and keep the ukelele alive."

Article Copyright World Entertainment News Network All Rights Reserved.


Sweet!!! Now I can tell everyone I play Uke cause Zooey Deschanel told me to!! That should be a shirt!

seeso
07-18-2009, 04:35 AM
:love:

Love... overload... can't... take it....

UKISOCIETY
07-18-2009, 04:51 AM
:love:

Love... overload... can't... take it....

I guess it's sad that I was ogling the uke in that photo instead of Zooey. Is that normal? :confused:

Melissa82
07-18-2009, 05:30 AM
I have no idea who this Zooey is and after googling it still don't recall seeing her anywhere.

DaveVisi
07-18-2009, 05:35 AM
Keep looking... She shows up more and more all the time. The last "made for TV" movie I saw her in was "Tin Man." If you watch the series "Bones" you also know her older sister Emily.

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0221046/bio

Lori
07-18-2009, 05:36 AM
I have no idea who this Zooey is and after googling it still don't recall seeing her anywhere.

You probably misspelled her name in the Google search.

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0221046/

–Lori

Melissa82
07-18-2009, 05:46 AM
You probably misspelled her name in the Google search.

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0221046/

–LoriNo, no. I found who she was but I don't recall ever seeing her name or her face anywhere.

nikolo727
07-18-2009, 05:48 AM
I guess it's sad that I was ogling the uke in that photo instead of Zooey. Is that normal? :confused:

to a married man yes. to a single man yes. to a person that has UAS....yes......yes yes..

TheUkeImpaired
07-18-2009, 06:21 AM
No, no. I found who she was but I don't recall ever seeing her name or her face anywhere.

She was Will Ferrell's love interest in the movie Elf. Her lastest film just opened and is titled 500 Days of Summer. If you enjoy small independent films check her out in Winter Passing which also features Will Ferrell and Ed Harris.

shanifawni
07-18-2009, 07:25 AM
i'm monstrously jealous of zooey because she's in a band with m.ward. gol-ly.

http://c2.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/68/l_6000a08959364b1399e3d027081e26a5.jpg
they do a cool version of "you really got a hold on me" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAvnOWc5uD0

totally not ukulele-related, sorry bout that, haha

haole
07-18-2009, 08:15 AM
I knew about her in She & Him before I knew she was an actress. :O The fact that she plays the uke makes her even more awesome.

Ukulele JJ
07-18-2009, 08:17 AM
The only thing that would make that headline better:

"Zooey Deschanel Can Play the Ukulele, and Insists on Wearing a Princess Leia Slave-Girl Outfit While Doing So"

JJ

Johnny Elsewhere
07-18-2009, 08:58 AM
:love:

Love... overload... can't... take it....

Quoted for truth.

This gal is amazingly cute. And so is that bajolele she's playing.

Tanizaki
07-18-2009, 10:58 AM
to a married man yes. to a single man yes. to a person that has UAS....yes......yes yes..

I am a married man, and I can tell you I didn't notice she was holding an instrument until someone pointed it out.

caz
07-18-2009, 11:04 AM
It's become a cliche, "cute girl that plays the ukulele". Youtube is literally overflowing with them.

This is not a complaint, just an observation.

Ukulele JJ
07-18-2009, 11:54 AM
It's become a cliche, "cute girl that plays the ukulele". Youtube is literally overflowing with them.

As an "ugly bastard who plays the ukulele", I feel like I'm doing my part to balance things out a bit.

JJ

AnnaUK
07-18-2009, 12:05 PM
No it's ok Melissa, I don't really have any idea who she is either! I Googled her too, but that didn't seem to help much LOL...

Raygf
07-18-2009, 01:45 PM
No it's ok Melissa, I don't really have any idea who she is either! I Googled her too, but that didn't seem to help much LOL...

I had no idea who she was when I read this thread earlier today. I had to Google her too. (That really doesn't sound good, does it?) I'm glad I'm not alone. I have seen Bones and see the resemblance.


The only thing that would make that headline better:
"Zooey Deschanel Can Play the Ukulele, and Insists on Wearing a Princess Leia Slave-Girl Outfit While Doing So"
JJ

Now there's an idea. :shaka:


As an "ugly bastard who plays the ukulele", I feel like I'm doing my part to balance things out a bit.

JJ

The only thing I would add to the description for myself is "ugly, OLD, bastard who plays the ukulele" I'm trying to help with the balance too.:D

Regards,
Ray

KC8AFW
07-18-2009, 01:48 PM
I have no idea who this Zooey is and after googling it still don't recall seeing her anywhere.

She looked familiar, but I couldn't place her either...then I figured out she was the girl in "Hitchhiker's guide to the Galexy", then it clicked.


As an "ugly bastard who plays the ukulele", I feel like I'm doing my part to balance things out a bit.

JJ

I'm right there with you, dude. We should just about have things evened out by now. :D Of course, for me..."creepy old dude who plays the ukulele" is probably more accurate.:eek:

pigwig
07-18-2009, 03:55 PM
Nice. I love Zooey, and I love She & Him, and I can't wait to see 500 Days of Summer, and I'm going to stop running my sentence now.

Steiner
07-18-2009, 04:09 PM
She has a great singing voice too. I also heard she hates being mistaken for Katie Perry (I have no clue who that is).

Ahnko Honu
07-18-2009, 04:10 PM
I don't know who she is either, and to ME she ain't that great to look at me preferring a nice island girl with big brown eyes, but that's just me. I do think it cool that she likes 'ukulele though. ;)

NatalieS
07-18-2009, 04:47 PM
I just love Zooey, and I also love Emily (and Bones). Definitely can't wait to see 500 Days of Summer but it's not quite out yet where I live.

Quick clips of 500 Days:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGDGHGCVbzA

And who could forget this classic scene from Elf:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bp3UoqOkFJo

NatalieS
07-18-2009, 04:51 PM
OH, and another clip!

Although I didn't care for the movie in general, I loooooved Zooey's songs in Yes Man. She's a great comedienne:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtWMHXrEP_Y
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DbaJgSkDVg

haolejohn
07-18-2009, 08:51 PM
The only thing that would make that headline better:

"Zooey Deschanel Can Play the Ukulele, and Insists on Wearing a Princess Leia Slave-Girl Outfit While Doing So"

JJ

That would be great. Let's just say I spent lots of time as a boy reflecting on that outfit.

Did anyone else notice they spoelt ukulele wrong?

Kristoff
07-19-2009, 03:20 AM
I'm conflicted when it comes to Zooey.

She's beautiful, and really funny and a good actress and she plays ukulele....

but.... and it's a big but.

My two favourite books are "Hitch Hikers Guide To The Galaxy" by Douglas Adams, and "Yes Man" by Danny Wallace.

And she starred in both the film versions.

And both of the film versions are absolute toss, I mean, they're absolutely terrible.

But she is gorgeous...

Dirka
07-19-2009, 03:27 AM
That's just... wow :love:

UkuleleHill
07-19-2009, 04:18 AM
I have no idea who this Zooey is and after googling it still don't recall seeing her anywhere.

She was the love interest in Elf. She was also in Hitchhikers Guide. Among other movies (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0221046/) :)

Melissa82
07-19-2009, 05:12 AM
She was the love interest in Elf. She was also in Hitchhikers Guide. Among other movies (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0221046/) :)I knooooow, lol. I already looked at IMDB and wiki. She just has an easy to forget face for me.

whetu
07-22-2009, 03:08 PM
Found this picture while slacking off at work, thought of this thread

http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/images/artists/7col_in/fb821608-35fd-4a45-a4b2-1a0537cee111.jpg

UKISOCIETY
07-22-2009, 03:54 PM
Found this picture while slacking off at work, thought of this thread

http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/images/artists/7col_in/fb821608-35fd-4a45-a4b2-1a0537cee111.jpg

Excellent find!

josuegroundhog
07-22-2009, 04:34 PM
http://i578.photobucket.com/albums/ss230/josuegroundhog/zooeydeschanelUU.jpg?t=1248316416

Providence
07-22-2009, 04:39 PM
:love:

Love... overload... can't... take it....

I second that emotion lol. I really enjoyed watching her play DG in Tin Man that was probably the only mini-series that I tried not to miss an episode of.