Daughter of Caleb Deschanel and Mary Jo Deschanel
Older sister of Zooey Deschanel.
Graduated from Boston University's professional actors training program with a B.F.A. in Theatre.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
Has two sons with her husband David Hornsby - Henry Lamar Hornsby (b. September 21, 2011) and Calvin Hornsby (b. June 8, 2015).
Her son Henry was born two weeks prematurely - on her father Caleb Deschanel's 67th birthday.
Was pregnant with her second 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 Elsie.
Her Bones (2005)' character Dr. Temperance Brennan named her second child Hank (nickname for Henry). Emily's real life son name is also Henry.
Both her pregnancies were written into Bones (2005).
She uses and supports the company Chrome Girl nails David Boreanaz Jaime Bergman.
In September 2014, she joined the board of directors of Farm Sanctuary.
Her son Henry appeared in Bones (2005)' episode Bones: The Movie in the Making (2016).