Throwback Thursday: Ten Years Ago Zooey Deschanel Went Blond for Elf

11/07/2013 at 01:30 PM EST

Zooey Deschanel in Elf
Zooey Deschanel in 2002, and 2012
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Today, Zooey Deschanel is best known as her lovably quirky character on Fox's New Girl. But long before she was Jess Day, the actress played the love interest of Will Ferrell's title character in the holiday classic Elf, which hit theaters 10 years ago, on Nov. 7, 2003. Hard to believe, right?

While Deschanel's blunt bangs and chocolate-hued tresses are now hallmarks of her retro-glam style, the actress became a blonde for the role of department store employee Jovie.

Check out Deschanel's lighter locks below, and keep scrolling to watch some of her musical moments in the film.

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Will Ferrell and Zooey Deschanel in Elf

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