Born: February 25, 1976
Date of Birth: February 25, 1976
As a graduate of Harvard university and voted "Most Likely to Succeed" by her high school school peers in Sherman Oaks, California, it would be surprising if Los Angeles-born Rashida Jones had been unable to make a name for herself. Her talent and intelligence, combined with being the attractive daughter of composer Quincy Jones and actress Peggy Lipton, contributed to her establishment in the industry. She inherited the talents of both her parents, being both an actress and a musician. She is an accomplished singer and pianist, having played classical piano concerts at age five, and guests as a back-up singer for three songs on Maroon 5's album "Songs About Jane." She also had a singing role in a tribute song to Tupac Shakur, who was engaged to her sister, Kidada Jones.
In her Harvard days, Jones acted in plays such as 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 also appeared in Pitching to the Star with her mother Peggy Lipton at the Lee Strasberg Theatre. She made her onscreen debut in Mario Puzo's TV miniseries The Last Don (1997), and went on to star in TV series Boston Public (2000-2002) and TV movie Wanted (2005).
Other television appearances include Freaks and Geeks (2000), Chappelle's Show (2003-2004),NY-LON (2004), Unhitched (2008), and Parks and Recreation (2009). She also played saleswoman Karen Filipelli in NBC's The Office (2006-2009), the love interest of the character Jim (played by John Krasinski). Jones dated Krasinski in real life, but their relationship ended before her appearance on the show.
Jones' film credits include Now You Know (2002), Death of a Dynasty (2003), Little Black Book (2004), The Ten (2007), Brief Interviews with Hideous Men (2009), and Life in Flight (2009). In addition to playing Zooey in I Love You, Man (2009) and the lead character Celeste in Celeste and Jesse Forever (2012), she can be seen in the NBC comedy Parks and Recreation co-starring Amy Poehler and Aziz Ansari. She has been romantically involved with actors Josh Hartnett and Seth Meyers, and was previously engaged to Tobey Maguire and Mark Ronson.
FilmographyCeleste and Jesse Forever (2012)