After almost three months, Zooey Deschanel and Jacob Pechenik have shared their baby daughter’s quirky name with the public on Monday (Oct. 19). It was their first post-baby appearance on the red carpet for Rock The Kasbah in New York, and the new mom and her husband couldn’t hold back their excitement any longer.
“It’s Elsie…” Zooey told People, while her husband added: “Otter”.
“Like the animal,” Zooey explained.
“Sea Otter,” Jacob said.
Baby Elsie Otter is Zooey and Jacob’s first child together and was born at the end of the July. The couple announced both their marriage and their daughter’s birth in August, with a rep confirming that they had welcomed a “beautiful healthy baby girl” together.
Zooey was glowing as she made her first red carpet appearance since becoming a mother, wearing a black sparkling off-the-shoulder dress paired with polka dot tights and heels. She arrived on the arm of her film producer husband, who she met on the set of Rock the Kasbah in 2014.
The couple began dating in the summer of 2014 and made their first high profile appearance together at the 2014 Emmy Awards. Zooey and Jacob announced they were expecting a baby together in January, before sharing the happy news of their engagement just one week later.
Zooey is currently enjoying some time off with her bundle of joy and will be largely absent for season five of her sitcom New Girl. Her character Jess will have a glamorous replacement in the form of Megan Fox, who is confirmed to play Reagan, a pharmaceutical sales rep who sublets Jess’ room while she is called for jury duty out of town.
Announcing the news, the show’s creator and executive producer Liz Merriweather said they had written the role with Megan in mind.
“It’s insane to me that such a gorgeous person can be so funny, but I guess we all just have to accept it,” Liz said. “I’ve been a fan of her comedic skills since This is 40, and I’m so excited to have her on the show. We had Megan in mind when we wrote this part – she’s the perfect person to come in and shake these guys up.”