Zooey Deschanel is Expecting Her First Child

Congratulations Zooey Deschanel! The actress is expecting her first child with boyfriend Jacob Pechenik this summer, she told People Magazine. “Jacob and I are over the moon,” she said. “We are so excited to meet our little one.”  

Last summer, Zooey spoke up for women everywhere when an InStyle interviewer asked if she wanted kids. “Like every woman is dying to give birth! I don’t think so. Nobody asks guys that,” she said. “And you go into a supermarket and every tabloid is like, ‘Pregnant and Alone!’ Stuck in the 1950s ideal of how a woman should live her life. This brings out the fiery feminist in me."

Rest assured, Zooey’s child will be raised with these strong ideals. From speaking up in interviews to speaking out against negative body image standards in magazines like Vogue, Zooey has always held fast to her beliefs. They have an impact on her professional life, too: Zooey co-founded female-positive site HelloGiggles and plays a complicated starring character on New Girl. That background gives her some retrospective wisdom that will no doubt impact her child, girl or boy: “"If I were to go back and talk to my 15 year old self,” she told MAKERS. “I think I would tell myself, ‘Don’t get caught up in what other people think of you. It’s what you think of you.'"


Hear more of her story on MAKERS.