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Elsie Otter Pechenik-Inside The Life of Zooey Deschanel’ Daughter

Elsie Otter Pechenik is the firstborn child of TV personality Zooey Deschanel and American producer Jacob Pechenik. Her parents have kept the identity of their eldest daughter away from the media light. But, people are always keen to know more about Zooey Deschanel’s daughter.

Nevertheless, Elsie’s parents who were married for about four years separated in 2020. What went wrong between them that the two went their separate ways? Who held the custody of their daughter, Elsie? Besides, does Pechenik have siblings? Well, here is everything you are looking for Elsie.

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Elsie Otter Pechenik’s Early Life And Family Details

Elsie Otter Pechenik was born in July 2015 in Austin, Texas, USA. However, her parents have not disclosed the exact date of her birth. As we already mentioned, Pechenik is the firstborn child of Jacob Pechenik (father) and Zooey Deschanel (mother).

As the matter of fact, the star kid also has a younger sibling named, Charlie Wolf Pechenik. He was born in May 2017. Like his sister, the exact date of his birth is also missing. As of 2022, Elsie is seven years old whereas her brother is five years old.

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Elsie with her mom and dad.

Elsie’s maternal grandfather, Caleb Deschanel was a famous cinematographer and her grandmother Mary Jo Deschanel was a renowned actress of that time. Talking about her ethnicity, Pechenik belongs to a mixed ethnic background of French, English, and a little bit of Irish Descent as well. She is an American as per her nationality.

Her Name Meaning

A few months after Elsie’s birth, her mother Zooey revealed the name of her daughter Elsie which is actually inspired by a sea animal “Sea otter.” While talking to People, Zooey and her then-spouse said,

“It’s Elsie Otter. Like the animal. Sea otter.”

Furthermore, Elsie explained on Today,

We just really liked the name Elsie, and then we both love otters because they’re so sweet and also smart

The further said of otters,

“They use tools, they keep their favorite tools, they hold hands while they sleep, there are so many amazing things about otters. They’re wonderful animals.”

Elsie Otter Pechenik’s Parents Meet On A Movie Set

As suggested by PEOPLE, Jacob and her wife-to-be Zooey first met on the movie set of Rock the Kasbah (2015). The former couple was working together in the movie and came to know each other on the same set.

Soon after, the friendship turned into a romantic relationship and they started dating. In the year 2015, they announced their engagement, and the same year in June, Elsie’s father and mother exchanged their vows.

However, their marital relationship didn’t go that long and Zooey and her then-husband Jacob divorced in 2020.

Their Divorce Settlement and Custody of Their Children

The marital relationship among them was quite healthy and smooth initially. Both of them are also parents of their two kids. However, the bonding between them started to fade and the relationship couldn’t last long as expected. In September 2019, the former duo went their separate ways on a good note. A rep for the two stated to PEOPLE in a joint statement,

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

The representative added,

“We remain committed to our business, our values, and most of all our children. Thank you for respecting our privacy at this time.

Elsie’s dad was the one who filed for divorce on January 8, 2019. It took more than one and half-year to finalize their divorce and the former couple officially divorced on June 1st, 2020. Both of them agreed to share joint custody of both of their kids.

Did Elsie’s Parents Marry Anyone After Separating?

Following her divorce from Jacob, Elsie’s mother Zooey is currently dating Jonathan Scott. Sources say the pair are dating since late August 2019. In fact, their romance became public just a week after the former couple Zooey and Jacob’s separation.

Reportedly, Elsie’s mom and her beau Scott met on the set of Car Pool Karaoke. Both of them also starred in the movie as well and since they started dating, they are living together. Both of them also posted various photos together on their respective social media handles. As a matter of fact, Zooey’s boyfriend Jonathan was previously married to Kelsy Ully for several years.

Elsie Otter Pechenik with her mother
Elsie and her mom Zooey.

Many might not know but, before marriage to Jacob, Elsie’s mom Zooey was also married to musician Ben Gibbard. Gibbard is known as the frontman of Rock band Death Cab for Cutie and The Postal Service. The ex-duo were married on 19th September 2009 in Washington and separated on 12th December 2012.

On the other hand, Elsie’s father has maintained a distance from the spot of media since his divorce from his then-wife Zooey. He made very few appearances in the public and is living his life quite privately. Reportedly, Elsie Otter Pechenik’s dad Jacob is single as of 2022.

How Rich Is Elsie Otter Pechenik? Her Net Worth

Well, undoubtedly, the star kid is living her life in the lap of luxury as both of her parents have quite a good amount of earnings. The star kid is too small to have her own income however, we can assume that Elsie Otter Pechenik is having a healthy childhood.

On the other hand, her mom has a net worth of around $25 million as of 2022. The actress has accumulated a fortune from her acting as well as from her musical career.

‘Similarly, Elsie Otter’s father Jacob also has quite a good amount of earnings. He has an estimated net worth of around $3 million as of 2022. Jacob has earned a fortune from his wonderful career as a producer.