Emily Deschanel


Date of Birth: 11 October 1976, Los Angeles, California, USA

Birth Name: Emily Erin Deschanel

Height: 5' 9" (1.75 m)


Mini Bio:

Emily Deschanel was born in California, the older daughter of legendary cinematographer Caleb Deschanel and actress Mary Jo Deschanel. Her younger sister is Zooey Deschanel. Due to her parents' work, she traveled extensively as a child. She was educated in Los Angeles at Harvard-Westlake and Crossroads Schools. Deschanel went on to study at Boston University, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater.

Her movie debut was as "paint-throwing fur activist" in It Could Happen to You (1994), and her first big television role was as a psychic in the Stephen King mini-series "Rose Red" (2002). More TV and film parts followed including Cold Mountain (2003) and Spider-Man 2 (2004). Her defining role came in 2005, when she began playing Dr. Temperance 'Bones' Brennan in the popular series "Bones". Since the third season of the show, Deschanel has also served as a producer.

A committed animal rights supporter, Deschanel is a vegan. She is married to David Hornsby and they have a son, Henry.



David Hornsby (25 September 2010 - present) (2 children)


Daughter of Caleb Deschanel and Mary Jo Deschanel

Older sister of Zooey Deschanel.

Graduated from Boston University's Professional Actor's Training Program with a B.F.A. in Theater

Is good friends with Melanie Lynskey and Jorja Fox; both are supporters of PETA and the Humane Society.

Lives in both Los Angeles and New York.

Interview magazine named her one of "6 Actors to Watch" in their annual "Young Hollywood" issue. [October 2004]

Her paternal grandfather was French. Her ancestry also includes English, German, Irish, Northern Irish (Scots-Irish), other French roots, Swiss, and Dutch.

Is a vegan.

Was bridesmaid at wedding of best friend Melanie Lynskey to Jimmi Simpson (14 April 2007).

While attending Boston University, she lived on Hooker Street in Brighton, which she calls a "cool neighborhood.".

She attended Boston University with fellow actress Ginnifer Goodwin.

She studied theatre at Boston University's College of Fine Arts.

She is a member on the advisory board of the Adrienne Shelly Foundation, which supports female actors, writers, and directors in honor of the late filmmaker.

She owns a duplex and lives with her sister, Zooey Deschanel.

She owned a dog, a female Wheaten terrier, who now lives with her ex-boyfriend.

She is real-life best friends with Michaela Conlin who plays Angela Montenegro, her best friend on their show Bones (2005).

Ex-sister-in-law of Benjamin Gibbard.

She gave co-star David Boreanaz a belt buckle saying "The Man" with an arrow pointing up and "The Legend" with an arrow point down as a birthday gift.

Emily grew up in Italy, Canada, France, Yugoslavia, England, and South Africa.

While growing up, she wanted to be an architect.

When she was young, her father Caleb Deschanel used to film her and her sister Zooey Deschanel all the time. While Zooey loved being in front of the cameras, Emily hated it.

Is a progressive Democrat.

Good friends with David Boreanaz.

(December 5, 2014) Expecting her 2nd child with her husband David Hornsby.

Gave birth to her 1st child at age 34, a son named Henry Lamar Hornsby on September 21, 2011 2 weeks prematurely and on her father Caleb Deschanel's 67th birthday. Child's father is her husband, David Hornsby.

(September 25, 2010) Married her boyfriend of 3 years David Hornsby in a small private ceremony in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles. Her younger sister Zooey Deschanel was her maid of honor.

Gave birth to her 2nd child at age 38, a son named Calvin Hornsby in June 2015. Child's father is her husband, David Hornsby.

Was pregnant with her 2nd son at the same time that her younger sister Zooey Deschanel was pregnant with her daughter. Emily gave birth to her son Calvin a month before Zooey had her daughter.

Her character on Bones, Dr. Temperance Brennan, names her second child Hank (nickname for Henry). Emily's real life son name is also Henry.

Both her pregnancies were written in on Bones.

Gave birth to 2nd son, Calvin, in May 2015.


Personal Quotes:

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 (2002) - 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.

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.

(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.

Everything I know about makeup, I've learned from my sister.

(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.

I'm definitely a people person. I love socializing and being around people and having a good conversation.

[about the relationship with David Boreanaz] We have open communication, which is something we've had from beginning. Like he said, we just tell each other if we're in a mood or if the other one is annoying you or something. [laughter] We accept that we're not perfect. I think one thing, too, is that we both know how important this relationship is -- both on-screen and off -- and how important it is for us to get along together on-screen and off. We both have a commandment to the show. Like David said, for six seasons we would meet on every weekend and work on stuff together. Now, we do stuff on our own. Our families have expanded and lives have changed, but we have that foundation. We're really committed to making the show as good as it can be, and part of that is getting along on-screen and off, like I said. David's a really fun guy to work with. He's not like a dark person. He can play that -- he can do deep, serious stuff -- but we both believe in having a good time. We're not doing brain surgery here. We're not curing cancer. We're entertaining people. We absolutely can have fun while we're doing that and have fun together and with everybody else on our crew and cast. I'm really lucky that David is such a fun person to work with -- and a great guy.

[about wedding in Bones (2005) Booth and Bones and her husband's role as a priest in the Bones (2005)] I have two major Davids (David Boreanaz)and David Hornsby) in my life, and I married both of them.

[on relationships with David Boreanaz during her directing] He's so supportive of me. He's the first person to say how much he supported me directing and he's been really lovely that way. I really have a great partner. I think it'll be great. He'll give me a hard time, but I wouldn't expect anything less of him.

[about friendship with David Boreanaz]There are times where we can't stand each other. But our friendship is strong, and we don't have a problem telling each other when things aren't going well. Our friendship is based on honesty.

[about friendship and relationships David Boreanaz]

"He tells me he loves me on a daily basis. I'm joking, but we do love each other and are honest with each other."

Known For


Cast Credits

Sleepy Hollow (2013)
Guest starring as Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan
Bones (2005)
Starring as Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan (245 episodes)
Rose Red (2002)
Starring as Pam Asbury
Crossing Jordan (2001)
Guest starring as Michelle
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999)
Guest starring as Cassie Germaine

Crew Credits

Bones (2005)
Show crew as Co-Producer
Show crew as Producer (13 episodes)
Episode crew as Director