She is born January 1980 and is an American actress, musician. In 1999, her debut into the movies Mumford, followed by her role as William Miller's troubled older sister Anita in Cameron Crowe's 2000 semi-autobiographical film Almost Famous. She soon became known for her supporting roles in movies like Elf , The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Happening, Yes Man (2008), She currently is in the TV series New Girl.
She has received various nominations in Golden Globe, Grammy and Emmy Awards. In her starting years she performed in the Jazz Cabaret act in If All the Stars Were Pretty Babies. In the act she co-starred with actress Samantha Shelton. She also plays the keyboards, percussion and various instruments. She released her debut album Volume 1 in March 2008. She subsequently released albums Volume 2; and Volume 3 was released in 2013. She married Ben Gibbard and filed for divorce in December 2011. They separated in 2012.