The actress formerly known as Temperance Brennan is returning to television in TNT’s ‘Animal Kingdom,’ and discusses the evolution of her career with The Hollywood Reporter.
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – When Emily Deschanel graduated from theater school, she planned to spend her career doing off-Broadway shows and the occasional indie film. The actress, who is best known for the 12 years she spent starring on Fox procedural Bones, chuckled on the phone while remembering those early career goals.
“I remember somebody laughing at me, like, ‘OK, if you never want to make any money, then great,'” she told The Hollywood Reporter.
While her earliest credited parts include small roles in not-so-indie films including Cold Mountain, Glory Road and The Alamo, Deschanel’s big break came after being cast in Stephen King’s ABC miniseries Rose Red. A couple of pilot seasons later and she was the No. 2 on the call sheet for Bones, behind former Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel star David Boreanaz, where she’d spend the next decade-plus of her life.
Two years after her Fox drama ended, Deschanel now finds herself headed back to television in a recurring role on TNT’s crime family drama Animal Kingdom. While she spent 12 years playing forensic anthropologist and straight-laced FBI collaborator Temperance Brennan on Bones, she’s on the other side of the law as recovering addict Angela on Animal Kingdom.
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LIVEKINDLY – Vegan actor and mom Emily Deschanel, the titular star of the Fox drama “Bones,” has shared her parenting tips and why she values compassion toward animals and the environment above all.
She revealed her tips on the new vegan podcast Switch4Good, co-hosted by Olympic silver medalist cyclist Dotsie Bausch and “Baywatch” star and health coach, Alexandra Paul.
Deschanel, a vegan of 25 years, first became vegetarian “on the spot” after watching the 1991 documentary “Diet for a New America,” based on the 1987 bestselling book by John Robbins, the heir to the Baskin-Robbins fortune. After the screening, she was further convinced by a debate between doctors on whether meat and dairy are healthy. About two years later, at age 17, she adopted a plant-based diet.
“It convinced me about – you know, it’s all about the impact on the environment that meat and dairy has and that factory farming has on the environment, and what it does to the animals, how horribly they’re kept,” she said on the podcast. “How horribly they’re treated and killed for us to eat, and then it’s about how it affects our health. It was always the triple-whammy that really affected me.”
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Recently Gazette.com had a chance to sit in on a Fox conference call with actress Emily Deschanel, the star of the hit TV series “Bones” and executive producer Michael Peterson. The show recently began its 11th season. Below is a transcript of the conversation.
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Growing up, while most of Emily Deschanel’s friends and classmates were playing with Barbies, she was busy scheming her version of the ultimate, multi-tiered Dream House. “I wanted to be an architect when I was younger. I was always trying to build a Barbie house with things like wood or Legos,” says the Los Angeles native, who appears as Dr. Temperance “Bones” Brennan on the Fox hit television series, Bones.
Maybe that’s what happens when you get your passport when you’re four years old.
“We would travel when my dad would work, and I went to a million different schools,” she says, referring to father, cinematographer Caleb Deschanel. “We lived in Italy, London, Canada, former Yugoslavia, and the Seychelles, off the coast of Africa. It’s kind of funny that I found the most sedentary job, and now have to have a job near home especially with kids, and my husband works on the same lot. It’s really wonderful and such a luxury.”
The svelte, chestnut-haired beauty, whose younger sister is actor Zooey Deschanel, is married to actor David Hornsby, and mother of two sons, Henry, who turns four next month, and Calvin, three-and-a-half months. She has appeared in other television series including American Dadand The Cleveland Show and films such as Spider-Man 2, My Sister’s Keeper and Cold Mountain. But, she admits, she didn’t seriously contemplate acting as a career until she was a junior or senior in high school. “I don’t think I considered it as a profession even though my mother was an actor,” says Emily, of her mother, actress Mary Jo Deschanel.
It’s also the time that Emily, a vegan for 22 years, first saw the documentary Diet for a New America. “It shed some light on the conditions of factory farms in the U.S., and how that can lead to deteriorating health and the impact on the environment,” she says. “There are three main points, including the cruelty of factory farms, which is now the norm, and how the animals are treated as a commodity. As a result the animals are treated very cruelly, they are in cages and they can’t even turn around. I didn’t like it that that is where my food was coming from, and I hadn’t thought about how my food had gotten to my plate before that.”
Visiting Farm Sanctuary Gave ‘A New Perspective’ To Emily Deschanel’s Life
Emily Deschanel is an avid animal lover and has been a vegan for a long time. Recently, the talented actress visited a Farm Sanctuary animal shelter. This was the first time that she was making such a visit and said that it was a “life-changing” experience for her. As the actress, aged 38 said, “I had already known that farm animals have feelings and intellect, but then to really see them up close and spend time with these animals was pretty incredible,” “I didn’t realize how individual chickens could be, and the people who work there know each sheep by name from far away. They’re individual creatures who have their own little souls and personalities and quirks.”
Deschanel Involved With Organization For The Last 8 Years
Deschanel has been deeply involved with the organization for the last 8 years. The organization runs 3 shelters in addition to working towards passing legislation for the humane treatment of farm animals. She said that she especially felt for the farm animals, because every yearover 10 billion animals are killed to provide food. The numbers are really high, but till date nobody has raised a voice largely because they are not aware of these numbers.
Actress Desirous That Her Son InheritsLove Of Animals From Her
Deschanel is hopeful that the love and sympathy that she has for animals can be passed on to her son Henry, aged 3. She has started working towards that end and brought the young man alongwith her to the farm. She wants him to be comfortable with the animals understand them and also understand why they should not eat them.
Emily Deschanel is an avid animal lover and has been a vegan for a long time. Recently, the talented actress visited a Farm Sanctuary animal shelter.