Emily Erin Deschanel (born October 11, 1976) is an American actress and producer. She is best known for starring in the Fox crime procedural comedy-drama series Bones as Dr. Temperance Brennan since 2005. Deschanel was born in Los Angeles, California, to cinematographer and director Caleb Deschanel and actress Mary Jo Deschanel (née Weir). Her younger sister is actress and singer-songwriter Zooey Deschanel. Her paternal grandfather was French, from Oullins, Rhône; her ancestry also includes Swiss, Dutch, English, Irish, and other French roots. Deschanel attended Harvard-Westlake and Crossroads School in Los Angeles before graduating from Boston Universitys Professional Actors Training Program with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater. In 1994, Deschanel made her feature film debut in It Could Happen to You. Her next notable role was in Stephen Kings Rose Red in 2002. Then she appeared in Cold Mountain, The Alamo, and Glory Road and was named one of six actresses to watch by Interview Magazine in 2004. In 2005, Deschanel won the role of Dr. Temperance Brennan with David Boreanaz as FBI agent Seeley Booth on the Fox crime procedural comedy-drama Bones, based on the novels and the career of forensic anthropologist and author Kathy Reichs that premiered on September 13, 2005.