Zooey Deschanel was born and largely raised in the Los Angeles, California area, though she traveled quite a bit as a child as a result of her father’s work, spending much of her childhood in places like East Africa and Yugoslavia.
Deschanel was raised a Catholic, but her father is a Quaker. Now, Deschanel doesn’t claim any religious affiliation, saying:
My family is liberal. I was raised in the ‘you can be whatever you want’ kind of way. And in the end, I was like, ‘Eh.’ I mean I’m interested in theology, and I love reading about it. But I don’t attach myself to any one religion or other.
You might think Deschanel’s interest in religion is purely academic–particularly when you learn that her personal philosophy of life is to not eat too much sugar. But it’s more an agnostic’s view Deschanel takes. She said:
It’s all about the question. And the question can be a lot of different ones. As humans, we’re always questioning things and we’re always coming up with new questions and that’s kind of what we do best.
Deschanel isn’t just tuned into politics, politics is tuned into her. Deschanel received a personal letter from Barack Obama on her 32nd birthday, thanking her for helping young women thrive through her charity, HelloGiggles. It might, however, have been a thinly-disguised thank you note from the president for Deschanel’s one and only financial contribution of $1,000 to Obama 2008 presidential campaign though.
So she’s a Democrat and her previous quote about her religious upbringing would suggest she’s a liberal as well. So would her opining about gay marriage. Deschanel frequently pushes for marriage equality at her concerts, saying things like:
We’re a generation that has progressed in many ways, from the ones before us. I think that the idea of romantic love is about marriage is over. Now all love is romantic love. Getting married is not a necessity, and staying with one person is not a necessity.
Now that’s liberal! Progressive even. Forget heterosexual marriage, forget marriage in general. Even forget monogamy why don’t you. Mainstream liberalism just took another step toward the left.