Zooey Deschanel's first time as host of "Saturday Night Live" gave the actress plenty of opportunities to deliver laughs as she parodied an Oscar-nominated film, a fellow actress and a conservative mom.
During her opening monologue, the terribly cute actress performed a song about guys who forget Valentine's Day.
In one skit entitled, "Bein' Quirky," Deschanel was played by "Saturday Night Live" cast-member Abby Elliott while the host played Mary Kate Olsen. The pair were also joined by Michael Cera (Taran Killam) and Bjork portrayed by "Bridesmaids" star Kristin Wiig (Watch a clip below).
The show also brought in the Oscar-nominated star of "The Artist," Jean Dujardin who performed a rousing tap dancing routine with Deschanel and Killam in black and white (Watch a clip below).
Her other skits included a tribute to "His Girl Friday," where Deschanel portrayed a confused new employee in a 1930's newsroom who can't keep up with her fast-talking co-workers and portraying one of the One Million Moms who was deeply offended by M.I.A.'s middle finger stunt at last week's Super Bowl.
Nicolas Cage also made an appearance on the episode, next to Andy Samberg portraying his doppelganger. The segment called "In the Cage" showed the pair promoting Cage's new movie, "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance."
"This will definitely be a highlight of my life," Deschanel told MTV News before her "Saturday Night Live" debut. "For sure, the bucket list."
Of her preparation, the 32-year-old actress said she had some input into the scripts and characters she would take on.
"They ask you if there's anything you'd like to do, if there're any impressions you can do, and, you know, characters - sort of talk about stuff you're capable of doing," the actress said. "Once you do the read-through is sort of when you can see what's working and not."
The musical guest, Karmin is an American pop duo consisting of Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan, who are engaged to one another. They are best known for covering Chris Brown's "Look At Me Now," Nicki Minaj's "Super Bass" and LMFO's "Party Rock Anthem."
Deschanel currently stars in the comedy series "New Girl," which earned her a Golden Globe nomination. The show, which debuted on FOX last year, was also nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series - Comedy or Musical.
On the show, Deschanel plays a quirky young adult named Jess who moves in with three single men after a bad breakup with her boyfriend. The actress, whose older sister is "Bones" star Emily Deschanel," is also known for films such as "Yes Man," "Almost Famous," the R-rated fantasy comedy "Your Highness" and the 2009 romance drama "(500) Days of Summer." (See photos of Zooey Deschanel through the years.)
The younger Deschanel made headlines recently for her split from fellow musician husband Ben Gibbard, singer of the rock band Death Cab for Cutie. The actress, who is part of the indie rock group She & Him, filed for divorce in late December 2011.
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