Zooey Deschanel Finally Breaks Her Legendary Silence On Her Name

By Kelly Conaboy / January 9, 2013

How does Zooey Deschanel explain her name? A big question — one that, up until this week’s Television Critics Associate press tour, was deemed “too big of a question, don’t even go there” by every entertainment journalist in the biz. “Do we even want to know?” we all, journalists and non-journalists alike, wondered together. Like how I imagine an open relationship would be. “DON’T TELL ME! (But tell me?)” Yesterday one brave soul spoke when the rest of us remained silent, putting an end to our questioning, asking the doe-eyed starlette: “Explain your name.” From Entertainment Weekly:

“My name?” the actress replied, confused. “My first name or my last name?”

Critic: “Both.”

“My name on the show?”

The critic explained (… sort of … not really): “Zooey. Zooey Deschanel.”

“I was named after [the J.D. Salinger novel] Franny and Zooey,” she said. “My last name is French.”

And her last name is French.

And her last name is French. An incredible confession from what seems like an incredible edition of the TCA press tour. Unfortunately for now this is all the information we have on how Zooey Deschanel explains her name, but we’ll keep you posted as more details become available. Thank you in advance for your patience.