Zooey Deschanel has denied that she is exactly like her New Girl character Jess. Deschanel plays the kooky teacher on Fox's hit sitcom, but told TVLine that only "parts" of the role reflect her real personality.
"There are parts of me that I put in her, but I throw myself into every character," she explained. "I find the truth by filtering it through my own emotions."
The 32-year-old actress admitted that she has previously described Jess as "like a teenage version of myself".
"That's maybe misleading in that it makes it sound like she is me - she's not," Deschanel argued. "She's this wonderful collaboration that I've had with [series creator] Liz Meriwether.
"Plus, the character evolved. I watch her every week and see what's working, and I adjust. It's nice to be able to do that."