Zooey Deschanel has been synonymous with New Girl’s Jess for nearly four years—but the actress wants fans to know that while Jess is “adorkable,” Deschanel doesn’t really see that label applying to her.
“I don’t always identify, perhaps, with the way that I’m portrayed in certain public contexts,” Deschanel said in an interview with The Huffington Post. “I try to stay away from that sort of thing.”
Deschanel went on to explain that “adorkable” as a term was a “calculated” facet of a marketing campaign designed to get the show off the ground in its first season. “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,” she said. “I don’t personally have identification with that word myself…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.”
The star likes to mix things up when it comes to the roles she plays, rather than identifying with one type of character. She recently went back to her indie roots, starring as Stella in The Driftless Area, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 18.
“I’m an entertainer, and I do different types of things to entertain people, but ultimately when I make a choice, I’m making that choice to challenge myself and do something that seems like it would be interesting,” Deschanel said. “That’s my philosophy.”