Rashida Jones, with her versatility in both comedic and dramatic roles and her growing presence in Hollywood as a screenwriter, has quickly established herself as one of the industry’s bright stars.
Rashida was at this year’s Sundance Film Festival premiering her film “Celeste and Jesse Forever,” which she co-penned with writing partner Will McCormack who she was recognized alongside on Variety’s list of Screenwriters to Watch. Rashida stars opposite Andy Samberg in the film, which provides a sharp look at a young couple in the midst of a divorce who attempt to maintain their friendship while pursuing new relationships.
Rashida recently finish production on the film “Cuban Fury,” starring alongside Nick Frost, Chris O’Dowd and Olivia Colman. She portrays Frost’s boss, who he attempts to woo by reigniting his long-dormant passion for salsa dancing.
This past year, she was seen in five films. Most recently, she starred in Disney’s hit “The Muppets” opposite Jason Segel and Amy Adams. Prior to that, was “The Big Year” opposite Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson. She stole scenes in Jesse Peretz’s “Our Idiot Brother” opposite Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks and Zooey Deschanel. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2011. Rashida also starred in Adam Shapiro’s relationship drama “Monogamy” opposite Chris Messina, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, where it won Best New York Narrative. She also had a cameo in this year’s “Friends with Benefits” opposite Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis.
On television, Rashida can currently be seen on NBC’s “Parks and Recreation.” As Ann Perkins the nurse, she stars opposite Amy Poehler. The show currently in its fifth season and was nominated for 2 TCA Awards for “Outstanding Achievement in Comedy” in 2012 and 2010, a 2011 Emmy Award for “Best Series, Comedy” and was listed as one of AFI’s top programs in 2011. Rashida caught attention of audiences and the industry alike when she portrayed the ambitious saleswoman, Karen Filippelli, in NBC’s Emmy Award winning comedy “The Office.”
Rashida recently sold the script adaptation of the comic book that she co-wrote, “Frenemy of the State,” to Universal Pictures.
She graduated from Harvard University, where she appeared in several plays including For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf, Dancing at Lughnasa, The Odd Couple: The Female Version, and H.M.S. Pinafore. She was also in Pitching to the Star with Peggy Lipton, at the Lee Strasberg Theatre.
Past film credits include Columbia Pictures’ critically acclaimed and award winning film “The Social Network,” starring opposite Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, and Justin Timberlake; the DreamWorks feature, “I Love You, Man” for writer/director John Hamburg, starring opposite Paul Rudd and Jason Segel and “Little Black Book” opposite Holly Hunter and Kathy Bates. On television, she starred as Kate on “Unhitched” a half-hour comedy for Fox from the Farrelly brothers. Additional television credits include David E. Kelley’s “Boston Public” for Fox, as Louisa Fenn, Jorge Zamacoma’s “Wanted” as Detective Carla Merced, for TNT, as well as Judd Apatow’s “Freaks and Geeks,” “If These Walls Could Talk II,” “The Chappelle Show,” and the British television series “NY-LON.” Jones was also a weekly correspondent on the talk show “Vibe TV.”
Jones currently resides in Los Angeles.
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