Meet American Producer Jacob Pechenik, Former Husband Of Zooey Deschanel
Jacob Pechenik is an American film producer and businessman. He is best known for working on movies such as Rock the Kasbah, Black or White, Electric Slide, etc.
Similarly, he is famous among audiences as the former husband of Zooey Deschanel.
Deschanel is an Emmy and Grammy-nominated actress/musician best known for her roles in New Girl, 500 Days of Summer, and songs like So Long from the 2011 film Winnie the Pooh.
Pechenik and Deschanel got married in 2015. They have two children together Elsie Otter Pechenik and Charlie Wolf Pechenik.
They separated in 2019 and finalized their divorce in 2020. What was the reason?
Here get all the details of Pechenik's personal and professional life. His journey as a film producer, businessman, husband, and now a single father.
How Tall Is Jacob Pechenik? Age And Family
Jacob Pechenik was born on June 16, 1972, in San Antonio, Texas, the United States, to white Caucasian parents.
As of June 2021, he is 50-years-old and stands at the height of 5 feet 7 inches or 173cm.
He reportedly has two siblings, a sister named Ana and a brother named Tony Pechenik.
The family follows Judaism. Zooey also converted to Judaism after marrying Jacob.
Pechenik graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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Jacob Pechenik And Zooey Deschanel: Journey From Being A Stranger, Lovers, Husband & Wife, Parents, Business Partners To Strangers Again
Pechenik and Deschanel first met in late 2014 on the Bill Murray comedy Rock the Kasbah set.
The former was working as a producer, and the latter was one of the movie's leads.
The couple immediately hit it off and started dating. Within months of the relationship, the actress announced her pregnancy.
Deschanel and Pechenik secretly got engaged in January 2015, followed by a more intimate wedding on June 21, 2015.
The pair has always been secretive and managed to keep all their big moments private from the world.
There was not even an official announcement of their wedding.
Parents Of Two
Pechenik and Deschanel gave birth to their first child, a daughter, in July 2015.
Their representative confirmed the news stating:
"I am thrilled to confirm that Zooey Deschanel and her husband, Jacob Pechenik, are new parents to a beautiful, healthy baby girl."
Pechenik's daughter is named Elsie Otter, and talking about the meaning of the unusual name, the then-new mom said:
"It's Elsie Otter. Like the animal. Sea otter."
The actress also joked about her then-three-month-old daughter's future. Taking to Twitter, the New Girl alum said:
"My infant daughter is going to run for president. She remains silent on all of the key issues but she's much cuter than Do---d Tr--p."
Likewise, the duo welcomed their second child, a son named Charlie Wolf, in May 2017.
Business Partners: Co-owns Lettuce Grow
Pechenik and Deschanel also started a business together. They co-founded a company called Lettuce Grow which aims to grow healthy, sustainable harvests in every home.
While talking about working together with his wife, Jacob stated:
"[Zooey and I] haven't had so many differences when it comes to the business. We both know what our strengths and weaknesses are and turn to each other for suggestions or advice on the other person's expertise."
They amicably have been working together even after the divorce.
Split After 4 Years of Marriage: What Was The Reason?
After four years of conjugal life, actress/musician Deschanel and film producer/businessman Pechenik announced their separation in September 2019.
The rep for the pair stated:
"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 statement further read:
"We remain committed to our business, our values, and most of all our children. Thank you for respecting our privacy at this time."
As per the sources, it was an amicable separation. The couple just fell out of love and decided to part ways.
Their divorce was finalized on June 1, 2020. As per the court documents obtained by PEOPLE, their divorce was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court.
The former pair agreed not to split their retirement, deferred compensation, and pension.
The documents read:
"All retirement‚ pension, or deferred compensation assets in either party's name shall be and are confirmed to each as their sole and separate property, and the other party shall have no right, title, or interest to them‚ and each shall indemnify and hold other harmless with respect thereto."
Similarly, Pechenik requested joint legal and physical custody of their kids.
Current Relationship Status: Zooey Deschanel Is Dating Property Brothers' Jonathan Scott-Does Jacob Pechenik Have A New Girlfriend?
The 500 Days of Summer star Deschanel is dating television personality Jonathan Scott best known for hosting Property Brothers.
The duo confirmed dating after spotting at Little Dom's restaurant in Silver Lake, California, in 2019. An after week after Zooey and Jacob's divorce announcement.
Zooey and Jonathan first met while filming an episode of Carpool Karaoke: The Series in August 2019.
The couple is together going stronger. As per the sources, they are quite serious and committed to each other.
The television host Scott was previously married to Kelsy Ully and also dated Jacinta Kuznetsov.
Similarly, the Bridge to Terabithia alum Deschanel was married to musician Ben Gibbard.
American singer/songwriter Gibbard is best known as the lead vocalist of The Postal Service and Death Cab for Cutie.
Zooey and Ben got married on September 19, 2009. The duo separated after two years in 2011.
The actress filed for divorce on December 27, 2011, citing "irreconcilable differences, and it was finalized on December 12, 2012.
On the other hand, Jacob Pechenik has always been private, and there are no details on his former or current relationships.
We can assume that he is single at the moment and is enjoying his single dad status.
When asked about his former wife's newfound love, the film producer said he is happy for Zooey and Jonathan.
"Everything is amicable and we have two beautiful children together. We've been raising them and we're going to continue to raise them, and take great care of get them… I'm happy."
How Much Is The Net Worth Of Jacob Pechenik? Career Highlights And Earnings
Jacob Pechenik has been active in the entertainment world as an executive producer since 2011.
His first credit as an EP was in the dramedy film Terri. Pechenik's main job as an executive producer includes supervising the creation of the project he is working on.
It can be a theatre performance, web series, television series, movies, and commercials.
His duties include creating new concepts, writing scripts, handling a budget, maintaining quality, etc.
As per the IMDb, he has 19 credits as an executive producer. He last worked in the 2015 show Rock the Kasbah. Jacob's next project, titled You Can't Win, is in the post-production phase.
Similarly, some of Pechenik's work credits include tv shows and films like Kiss of the Damned, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete, and Cold Comes the Night.
Likewise, his other projects are The Skeleton Twins, Song One, Black or White, Amnesiac, Solace, etc.
Also, he and his former wife Zooey Deschanel founded a company called LETTUCE GROW which is a farm project that, as per the duo, empowers initiatives that reconnect people with food.
Their official website describes the pair's real reason for finding the company.
"When we started our family, we began to think about our food - what goes into it and how it's produced. We want to make it easy for everyone to grow food themselves and connect directly with farmers in their communities."
Even after the separation, the duo is working together and is likely very proud of their achievement.
As per Jacob's Instagram post, "Lettuce Grow is included in Apartment Therapy's top 15 Design Changemakers for 2022!".
He further wrote:
"Truly an honor to be surrounded by a group of talented individuals - steering the way forward towards innovation and a better future. Zooey and I are grateful. We hope to inspire and empower everyone to join us on this journey."
As of June 2022, the executive producer/businessman Jacob Pechenik is worth $3 million.
His primary income source is his business, which has a huge company turnover as per the sources.
Also, he earns decent as an executive producer. As per the sources, as average pay scale of EP in the USA is between $50k - $167k with the added bonus of $2k - $31k, profit sharing $1k - $26k, and commission $0 - $13k.
As for his real estate, Jacob and his former spouse Zooey bought a $4.6 million home in Manhattan in 2015 which they sold in 2019 for $4.7 million.
Also, they purchased a $5.6 million house in the Manhattan Beach area and later listed the property in November 2019 for $6 million.
Former Wife Zooey Deschanel: Short Bio
Zooey Deschanel was born Zooey Claire Deschanel on January 17, 1980, in Los Angeles, California, US.
Currently, she is 42-years-old and stands at the height of 5 feet 6 inches approx, to 168 cm.
Deschanel is the youngest daughter of American cinematographer and director Caleb Deschanel and actress Mary Jo Deschanel.
Her older sister Emily Deschanel is also an actress best known for her appearance in the Fox crime comedy-drama series Bones.
Zooey started her acting career in 1998, appearing in a minor role in a few movies and television shows.
She made her movie debut in the 1999 film Mumford. The actress/singer then went on to do a few movies, tv shows, and modeling assignments.
Deschanel got her big break in 2003 as a lead in the independent drama All the Real Girls as Noel.
Later, she made her appearance in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Failure to Launch, Yes Man, 500 Days of Summer, Winter Passing, The Driftless Area, and others.
From 2011 to 2018, Zooey appeared as Jessica Day on the hit Fox sitcom New Girl. She gained national and international fame, including a nomination for a Primetime Emmy Award and three Golden Globe Awards.
As a singer, she collaborated with M. Ward, formed a musical duo, She & Him, and released their debut album, Volume One, in 2008.
Since then, the duo has released five albums-Volume Two, A Very She & Him Christmas, Volume 3, Classics, and Christmas Party.
Likewise, she earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best Song Written for Visual Media for "So Long,": a song featured in the 2011 film Winnie the Pooh.
Besides acting and singing, Zooey Deschanel is also a successful businesswoman.
As mentioned earlier, she is the co-founder of Lettuce Grow.
In addition, the actress also co-founded the website HelloGiggles, which is an entertainment and lifestyle website.
Time, Inc. later acquired the site in 2015 for $30 million.
As of June 2022, the 500 Days of Summer alum Zooey Deschanel is worth Zooey Deschanel.
Reportedly, she earned $125 thousand per episode for her appearance in New Girl. In 2012 only, she made over $9 million from her various television, movie, and commercial roles.
Deschanel also earns a considerable sum from brand endorsements and commercials. She is associated with Pantene, Macy's, and Apple.