Sideshow: Zooey Deschanel: I was never 'adorkable' for real

Actress Zooey Deschanel attends the 'New Girl' Season 3 Finale Screening and cast Q&A at Zanuck Theater at 20th Century Fox Lot on May 8, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images)

Zooey: I was never really "adorkable"

Truly adorable star Zooey Deschanel is tired of being called "adorkable" by fans, the media, critics, cats, dogs, pigeons, everybody. Folks, it's just a brand!

Yes, Zooey tells the Huffington Post, the moniker is not some cute, whimsical description. It was created as part of a marketing ploy by Fox to sell her show New Girl four seasons ago.

"I don't always identify, perhaps, with the way that I'm portrayed in certain public contexts," she says. "I try to stay away from that sort of thing. That was something that was calculated, you know what I mean?

"That's a word that describes the character that I play, not me. I don't personally have identification with that word myself."


Dr. Oz to defend himself on TV, in print

Dr. Mehmet Oz, who last summer was criticized for allegedly making unscientific claims about weight-loss supplements in a Senate hearing, may be kicked off the faculty at Columbia University - at least if a group of fellow physicians have their way.

The TV doctor was attacked for fostering false hope by suggesting that green bean coffee extract could be miraculous for dieters. In a petition sent to the dean of Columbia, a cabal of 10 docs ask that Oz be removed for supporting "quack treatments."

Oz will dedicate his Thursday program to answering his critics. In addition, he has written an op-ed for the New York Times.

"I don't expect all of my colleagues to understand this marriage between conventional medicine and the broader definition of wellness that the show pursues," he writes.