Zooey Deschanel walks among us in Austin

3/20/2010 - Jay Janner/AMERICAN-STATESMAN -  Zooey Deschanel of She & Him performs at Rachael Ray's party at Stubb's during SXSW on Saturday, March 20, 2010.

Zooey Deschanel of She & Him performs at Rachael Ray’s party at Stubb’s during SXSW on Saturday, March 20, 2010. (Jay Janner/American-Statesman)

Far be it from your friends at Team 360 to pander to the gossip rags — FAR BE IT — but this one bears mention. “New Girl” star, She & Him singer and bangs icon Zooey Deschanel, currently expecting a child, has been spotted around Austin recently alongside fiancé Jacob Pechenik, according to several reports by the Daily Mail.

(She was also spotted by yours truly on a Sunday evening at Justine’s Brasserie in April, and I would like to formally apologize to Ms. Deschanel for loitering so close to the window.)

Pechenik, a film producer, is based in Austin, according to Variety, so it makes sense that Deschanel has popped up in the Live Music Capital so often recently. She joins a roster of illustrious Austin-linked celebs, including Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock and Elijah Wood.

Deschanel is familiar with Austin; she’s stopped by on tour dates with She & Him bandmate M. Ward in the past.


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