Zooey Deschanel is the star of Fox’s hit sitcom New Girl, which will be returning for its sixth season in late September. Deschanel is also one-half of the duo She & Him, with M. Ward. She’s also the co-founder of the popular site HelloGiggles. She also starred in several films, including the holiday classic Elf and (500) Days of Summer.
Here’s a look at the 36-year-old Deschanel’s wealth and what she does with it.
1. Deschanel Has an Estimated Net Worth of $18 Million
Deschanel has been around the movie business all her life, as her father, Caleb Deschanel, is a five-time Oscar nominated cinematographer whose credits include The Patriot, The Natural, The Passion of the Christ and Jack Reacher. Her older sister is Bones star Emily Deschanel.
Deschanel was ranked 96th on Forbes‘ Celebrity 100 lists in both 2013 and 2014. She dropped off the list in 2015.
2. Time Inc. Bought Deschanel’s HelloGiggles Site for a Reported $30 Million
HelloGiggles launched in 2011, with the goal of providing positive content for young women online. She created the site with TV producer Sophia Rossi (The Hills) and blogger Molly McAleer.
In October 2015, Time Inc. bought the site. Although terms of the deal weren’t revealed, The Hollywood Reporter reported that the deal was worth $30 million.
“We just felt like in order to be in the place our contributors wanted to go, we should partner,” Rossi told The Los Angeles Times after the sale. “We’re excited to use the [intellectual property] of our contributors and expand into TV, online video and film.”
At the time of the sale, HelloGiggles was averaging 17 million unique readers per month, with three of four being women under 35.
“Our vision is for HelloGiggles to continue to evolve and grow as a multimedia content business that includes video/television, live events, book publishing and e-commerce,” Time Inc. executives said after the sale.
3. She Earns $3 Million Per Year From ‘New Girl,’ or $125,000 Per Episode
Deschanel’s New Girl gig pays well, earning her the No. 22 slot on a recent E! News list of TV’s highest-paid stars. According to the site, she earns $3 million a season, or $125,000 an episode.
In 2012, when TMZ obtained documents from her divorce from Death Cab For Cutie singer Ben Gibbard, it was revealed that she was earning $95,000 a month from the show. At that point, the show was still in its first season.
Since then, the show has gone into syndication with over 100 episodes already produced. The show has earned five Golden Globe nominations, including three for Deschanel. In 2012, she was also nominated for an Emmy.
The divorce documents gave a fascinating look into the life of Deschanel in 2012. That year, she had three credit cards with a zero balance on each and spent $1,000 on groceries and household supplies a month. However, she had $1.57 million in the back at the time.
4. Deschanel Signed a $2.5 Million Deal to Be the Face of Pantene Products
In 2012, Deschanel was tapped to be the face of Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths campaign, which began in 2006. Part of the campaign is also encouraging women to donate their hair for the American Cancer Society Wig Bank.
In a 2012 interview with Allure, Deschanel explained:
After I found out that I would be working with Pantene, I was doing research on the company and came across Beautiful Lengths and got really excited—I wanted to be a part of it. It’s about getting people to donate their hair to make wigs for people who are going through chemotherapy, which really effects people’s pride.
Forbes reports that the multi-year deal with Pantene was worth $2.5 million.
Also in 2012, Deschanel appeared in an ad for Apple, showing how the iPhone’s Siri works.
5. She Sold Her Hollywood Hills Home to Arctic Monkeys Drummer Matt Helders for $2.33 Million
After two months on the market, Deschanel sold her Hollywood Hills home in July 2015, Forbes reported. The buy was Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders, who paid $2.33 million for it. That was $135,000 more than what Deschanel listed it for.
In April 2015, Deschanel bought a Manhattan Beach home for $4.569 million, Variety reported. At the time, she was pregnant with her first child, Elsie Otter. The home is 5,166 square feet and includes six bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms, giving her and husband Jacob Pechenik plenty of room to raise a family.
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