If one thing is clear by now, it’s that money can’t buy common sense. Zooey Deschanel, who started dating Jacob Pechenik in late 2014, got pregnant by him a few months later, and then married him around the time the kid was born, is taking her bizarrely naive levels of commitment to new heights by converting to Judaism for her new husband. I did know that Deschanel has never been particularly religious — it’s not something she’s ever discussed publicly, at least — but she’s down with the Torah now.
From US Weekly:
In the past, the New Girl actress has declined to identify with any particular faith. “I don’t attach myself to any one religion,” Deschanel, whose mom is Roman Catholic and father is Quaker, has said. “My family is liberal. I was raised in the ‘you can be whatever you want’ kind of way. And in the end, I was like, ‘Eh.’”
But before marrying producer Pechenik in June, the 35-year-old mother of Elsie, 3 months, professed a new set of beliefs. “Zooey converted to Judaism for Jacob,” an insider reveals to Us.
And her new life has been divine. Adds a source close to the couple, “They’re loving the baby and marriage!”
I suppose this means they’ll be raising little Elsie Otter (“They hold hands while they sleep!”) in the Jewish faith, and hey, if that’s what works for them, why not? However, this is all going to be a bit of a shambles when their inevitable divorce is announced in a year or so (though I suppose she can just sort of forget that it ever happened and not practice).