I never claimed to be cutting edge, or ahead of the times. I generally find out about trends not only after they've ended, but after they've been ironically revived and then quashed once again.
I had read about different blogs adopting a character actor a while ago, and wanted to adopt one of my own, but have been unable to come up with just the right one. But today I figured it out. After considering and abandoning Ajay Naidu, Natasha Lyonne, and Danny Trejo, I've decided to formally adopt Zooey Deshanel as the Official Character Actor of The Idea Of Progress.
Ms. Deshanel was born on January 17th, 1980 in Los Angeles. Her father is an amazing cinematographer, Caleb Deshanel, who shot movies like The Black Stallion, The Natural, and The Passion of the Christ. Her mother Mary Jo is an actress that starred in Twin Peaks, and her sister Emily is the star of the television program 'Bones.'
Ms. Deshanel first came to my attention in her very first film, Lawrence Kasdan's charming Mumford, co-starring Loren Dean, Hope Davis, and a pre-Alvin and the Chipmunks Jason Lee. Zooey (who is named after Zooey Glass, a character in Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger, one of my faorite books) stole the screen every time she appeared as one of Dr. Mumford's patients. I next saw her in Almost Famous, Big Trouble and her amazing performance in David Gordon Greene's All the Real Girls.
She is a Journey fan, did all of her own singing in Elf, and attended Northwestern University.
I'd like to present to you the Official Character Actor of the Idea of Progress: Zooey Deschanel.