Zooey Deschanel Doesn’t Identify With Her “Adorkable” New Girl Character Jess: “That Was Our Marketing Department”

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Zooey Deschanel says she's not "adorkable" like Jess FOX via Getty Images

Zooey Deschanel is over the “adorkable” label. The 35-year-old New Girl actress told The Huffington Post that she’s nothing like her character Jess in real life — so stop calling her that!

"I don’t always identify, perhaps, with the way that I’m portrayed in certain public contexts. I try to stay away from that sort of thing," she told the site, explaining that the word “adorkable” doesn’t reflect who she is offscreen. "That was something that was calculated, you know what I mean? That was our marketing department at Fox and they did a really good job with our first season, but that's a word that describes the character that I play, not me. I don’t personally have identification with that word myself."

The She & Him singer, however, says she "doesn’t really care" what people think about her anyway.

"I know that sounds crazy because you’re supposed to care about what people think of you, I guess, as an actor, but I really don’t,” Deschanel, who is pregnant with her first child, told The HuffPost. “Obviously I'm grateful for all of the opportunities that I’ve had thus far, including New Girl, but I don’t think I've ever met a person who knows me use that word to describe me, so it’s not of any consequence to me." 

And although she’s thankful for New Girl, she’s also happy to get a break from playing upbeat and bubbly Jess.

“It's nice to be able to do something different from what I’ve been doing for the last five years on TV. It used to be that I’d play a lot of different characters, so it’s nice to get the opportunity to do something really different, too, because of how much playing one character -– as fun as it is -– is kind of the same thing every day,” she said of her role in upcoming indie flick The Driftless Area. "It’s nice to get to stretch."

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