Who is Elsie Otter Pechenik? All about Zooey Deschanel’s first child


Elsie Otter Pechenik is the daughter of the American producer Jacob Pechenick and television star Zooey Deschanel. Elsie is the firstborn daughter of the former husband and wife. Unlike many celebrities, Zooey and Jacob have mostly kept their daughter off the media radar. While Jacob shared a few photos of his daughter, Zooey doesn’t really share her kids’ photos on her social media.

But the couple’s fans are always curious about Elsie. She’s just a kid as of now, but fans are always curious to learn more about their favorite stars’ kids. So in today’s episode we explore the life of Elsie Otter Pechenik.

Let’s start.


Elsie Otter Pechenik early life, birthday, family

Elsie Otter was born as the first child of her parents Jacob Pechenik and Zooey Deschanel. She was born in late July 2015 in Austin, Texas. But unfortunately, her exact birthday is not yet known. Zooey and Jacob welcomed their first child shortly after their wedding.

Earlier, the baby told mama People she was engaged to her then-boyfriend Jacob and was expecting the couple’s first child. By the way, the former couple didn’t know the sex of their first child until they welcomed her.

Elsie Otter with her mother Zooey and brother Charlie
Elsie and her brother Charlie with their mother Zooey

A few months after Elsie was born, her mother, Deschanel, said they named their daughter Elsie after a sea creature “Sea Otter”. The proud mother added

“We just really liked the name Elsie and we both love otters – they are very sweet and they are smart too. They use tools… they hold hands while they sleep, there are so many amazing things about otters. They are great animals.”

By the way, Elsie Otter’s maternal grandparents are Caleb Deschanel And Mary Jo Deschanel. Her grandfather Caleb is a renowned cinematographer and director while Elsie’s grandmother is an actress. On her mother’s side, Elsie has French, Swiss, English, Dutch and Irish ancestry.

She has a younger sibling

Elsie Otter Pechenik is six years old as of 2021. She has a younger sibling, brother, Charlie Wolf Peshenik who was born in May 2017 and is 4 years old. After Charlie’s birth, Zooey’s representative released a statement saying, “Zooey, Jacob and their daughter Elsie are thrilled to welcome the newest member of their family.”

Elsie Otter Pechenik Parental Relationship

Elsie’s parents Zooey Deschanel and Jacob Pechenik were married for about four years before going their separate ways. Her parents welcomed two children into their brief marriage.

According to PeopleZooey and Jacob first met on the set of Bill Murray’s 2015 movie, Rock the Casbah. The pair clicked and immediately began dating. After a short time, Deschanel and Pechenik got engaged in January 2015. Months later, the couple exchanged vows in the summer of 2015.

Elsie Otter Pechenik's parents Zooey and Jacob Pechenik
Elsie Otter Pechenik’s parents Zooey and Jacob Pechenik

More than four years after their marriage, they officially announced their divorce in September 2019 in a joint statement. They said they are “better off as friends” in the statement. In the meantime, a representative for the couple said People,

“After much discussion and a long period of reflection, we have decided that we are better off as friends, business partners and co-parents than life partners.”

The statement continues as:

“We remain committed to our company, our values ​​and most importantly our children. Thank you for respecting our privacy at this time.”

Several media outlets reported that the former husband and wife had broken up for a long time before publicly announcing it. And in October 2019, Elsie’s father, Jacob, filed for divorce from Deschanel. He filed the Los Angeles County case over irreconcilable differences. In the official document, Jacob named the official divorce date as January 8, 2019.

Over a year and a half after filing, Zooey Deschanel and Jacob Pechenik finalized their divorce on June 1, 2020. In addition, they agreed to share joint custody of their two children.

Elsie’s mother is dating Real estate brothers Alum

Elsie’s mother, Zooey Deschanel, is dating the Real estate brothers alum, Jonathan Scott since August 2019. In fact, Zooey and Scott’s relationship went public about a week after the former’s breakup with her second husband Jacob was made public. Zooey and Scott reportedly met during their appearance on Carpool Karaoke. The pair have been together ever since, including social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic.

Zooey and Scott are head over heels in love with each other which we can see in their social media posts. Both lovebirds regularly share their photos on their socials. Meanwhile, Scott was also previously married; he was married to Kelsy Ully for a few years from 2007.

Zooey Deschanel and her current boyfriend Jonathan Scott
Elsie’s mother Zooey Deschanel and her current boyfriend Jonathan Scott

Previously, Elsie Otter Pechenik’s mother was married to musician Ben Gibbard. Ben is the lead singer of Death Cab for Cutie And The postal service. The ex-couple got engaged in December 2008 and they were married on September 19, 2009 in Washington. But just two years into married life, Zooey and Ben called it quits. They finalized their divorce on December 12, 2012.

Her mother is a millionaire

Elsie is only seven as of 2023, and at this point she is most likely going to her school. As a star child, we can say that Elsie has a lavish childhood. Her mother, Zooey, is an actress, model and musician and she has earned well from her career. As of 2023, Zooey’s net worth is $25 million.