Zooey Deschanel converts to Judaism for her husband

2015-11-06 19:01

Los Angeles - Zooey Deschanel has reportedly converted to Judaism.

The New Girl star, who has three-month-old daughter Elsie Otter with producer husband Jacob Pechenik, was raised by a Roman Catholic mother and Quaker father, but recently decided to embrace her spouse's faith.

A source close to the 35-year-old actress said: "Zooey converted to Judaism for Jacob."

The brunette beauty previously admitted she was interested in most beliefs, saying: "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.' I mean I'm interested in theology, and I love reading about it. But I don't attach myself to any one religion or other."

Meanwhile, Zooey and Jacob, who tied the knot in June, are adjusting well to parenthood.

The insider told Us Weekly magazine: "They're loving the baby and marriage."

The couple recently revealed Elsie's middle name was inspired by their mutual love of sea otters and hope she grows up to love the animals as much as they do.

The actress said: "We just really like the name Elsie, and then we both love otters. They're really sweet, they're also smart, they use tools to keep their favourite tools, they hold hands while they sleep. There's so many amazing things about otters. They're wonderful animals."

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