Zooey Deschanel and Jonathan Scott Say Quarantine Helped Strengthen Their Bond: ‘I’ll Hold onto This One’

Quarantine helped Zooey Deschanel and Jonathan Scott strengthen their budding relationship when the COVID-19 pandemic began. Deschanel, 41, told PEOPLE at the Environmental Media Association Awards on Saturday that she “loved” being at home for an extended period of time in early 2020.

The Celebrity Dating Game host said it was “fun” to spend extra time with Scott and her two kids, Charlie Wolf and Elsie Otter, whom she shares with ex-husband Jacob Pechenik.”When COVID first started I was like, ‘OK, we have trampoline time and movie time,'” the New Girl actress explained.

Scott, 43, also enjoyed quarantine and learning about his new girlfriend’s various talents. “Look at it this way, I’m stuck with someone who I’m madly in love with who’s an amazing chef,” the Property Brothers star told PEOPLE, noting Deschanel makes a risotto cake that’s “to die for.”

“I don’t know where this has been my whole life but it is amazing,” he added. Deschanel and Scott began dating in late 2019 after meeting on the set of Carpool Karaoke: The Series. The couple celebrated their two-year anniversary in August.

“I discovered having been in other relationships in the past, this was the very first time I noticed that all of the love and effort and the things I was doing were being reciprocated,” he said, “and I was like ‘what?’ So I think I’ll hold onto this one.”