Rashida Jones: American Actress, Writer, Producer, Director
Rashida Jones is an acclaimed American actress best known for her role on Parks and Recreation but also appeared in other projects like Brief Interviews with Hideous Men and I Love You, Man.
She is a puzzle enthusiast and determined student, determined to attend Harvard. Furthermore, she holds a strong desire to change the world for the better.
Rashida Jones’ Biography
Rasheda Jones was born on February 25, 1976. Rashida Jones is the daughter of legendary music producer Quincy Jones and actress Peggy Lipton, and an accomplished actress, writer, producer, director, writer/producer in television shows/movies as well as charity work. Rashida currently shares custody of her young son with actor Ezra Koenig whom she is in a relationship.
She is widely lauded for combining intelligence, humor, and beauty in various roles she has undertaken – Louisa Fenn in Boston Public and Karen Filippelli in The Office. Additionally, Angie Tribeca on TBS serves as her lead eponymous character.
Jones is also an accomplished writer, co-creating the comic book series Frenemy of the State with her husband and partner Nunzio DeFilippis and writing for television shows such as Saturday Night Live, Wilfred, and soon the Black Mirror anthology.
After appearing in various small roles, Jones was invited to take on a regular part on the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation as Nurse Ann Perkins from its debut through midway through its sixth season – reprised for its finale episode. Parks and Recreation was created by Greg Daniels and Michael Schur, creators of The Office as well as this show.
In 2009, Jones appeared in the films Brief Interviews with Hideous Men and I Love You, Man alongside Paul Rudd and Jason Segel in comedy roles. Additionally, she voiced several characters on an episode of Robot Chicken. Additionally, Jones regularly appears as a guest host on Jimmy Fallon’s talk show The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and on Steve Martin and Owen Wilson’s sketch comedy show Biased as well as being featured as one of its regular guests.
Quincy Jones and Peggy Lipton of Los Angeles gave birth and raised her daughter in Los Angeles, where she attended The Buckley School in Sherman Oaks where her classmates voted her Most Likely to Succeed while also joining the National Honor Society and acting under Tim Hillman’s tutelage in theater. At 14 she moved with her mother from Sherman Oaks to Brentwood.
Rashida Jones’ Education
Quincy Jones and Peggy Lipton raised their daughters Kidada and Rashida in Los Angeles with a nontraditional mixed-race marriage that wasn’t popular at the time, yet both parents devoted themselves to giving their offspring the best life possible – teaching them hard work ethic, love, and self-respect as well as giving guidance that led them down paths of becoming multi talented individuals today.
Rashida has been involved with multiple projects during her career. She first appeared as Nurse Ann on Angie Tribeca after it premiered in 2009. Additionally, Rashida is both a writer and director – writing both Frenemy of the State as a comic book and script for its film adaptation; co-writing and directing Quincy’s documentary are amongst other accomplishments she can boast about.
She has been honored with membership into Hampton University Scripps Howard Journalism School Hall of Fame and awarded Montclair State University’s inaugural Media Leadership Award. Additionally, she is an enthusiastic supporter of the International Peace Games – which teach young people nonviolent ways of resolving conflicts without resorting to violence – serving on its board since 2004 and hosting various annual fundraising benefits for this cause.
Her acting experience spans roles in I Love You, Man, The Social Network, and Muppets. Additionally, she directed and produced the Netflix documentary Quincy about her father; had a recurring role on Fox’s Duncanville; voiced a character for the TV show The Mindy Project; currently stars and produces Netflix show #blackAF
Jones has also performed as a singer. Her vocal contributions can be heard on the soundtracks for The Baxter, The Ten, and Reno 911!: Miami as well as various charity events; she is an advocate for women’s rights who has helped raise funds for National Breast Cancer Foundation fundraising events. In 2022 she welcomed a child with Jewish musician Ezra Koenig (of Vampire Weekend fame). Their relationship is an inspiration to many.
Rashida Jones’ Career
Rashida Jones is a gifted actor, singer, and writer. Best known for her roles in Parks and Recreation (Nurse Ann Perkins) and Boston Public (Louisa Fenn), she has also made numerous films and television shows; winning several awards along the way for her performances. Born to music producer Quincy Jones and actress Peggy Lipton and raised in Los Angeles California; attending The Buckley School Sherman Oaks where she made the National Honor Society and earned “Most Likely to Succeed”.
After graduating from Harvard University, Jones made her first television appearances as a guest star on Freaks and Geeks and Judd Apatow’s series Full Frontal. Following this she won her breakthrough role of Louisa Fenn on Boston Public, earning an NAACP Image Award nomination. Since then she has appeared in multiple shows such as The Office and Parks and Recreation; also co-starring in the TBS series Angie Tribeca from 2016 – 2019.
Given her musical roots, Jones naturally has a talent for singing. She’s demonstrated this talent in films like Monogamy and has provided her voice for various projects including Full Frontal with Samantha Bee and an album by Maroon 5.
Jones was raised as a Christian. She advocates for LGBT community issues and women’s rights, has an impressive longstanding history of activism, and works with various non-profits; currently serving on the International Peace Games board (which teaches children conflict resolution without violence).
Their intelligence and humor make her a fan favorite, but she is also widely respected for her charitable efforts. An active supporter of the Democratic Party, she campaigned for President Obama. Longtime friends Natalie Portman and she often hosts charity events together. Furthermore, both women have come out against domestic violence as passionate campaigners for women’s rights.
She has appeared in movies and TV shows such as Boston Public, The Office, and Angie Tribeca as well as writing the screenplay for Toy Story 4. Jones was born in Los Angeles to Quincy Jones and Peggy Lipton before growing up in Bel Air California with her sister Kidada as well as five half-siblings from his other relationships. Additionally, Jones is known as an active philanthropist helping raise funds for various charitable causes.
She began acting professionally in the early 1990s with roles in Freaks and Geeks TV series. Later she attended Harvard University where she joined its capella group and drama club before discovering acting to be a therapeutic activity for her mental health during her sophomore year.
After graduating from Harvard, Jones pursued acting. Soon thereafter she landed the role of Ann Perkins on NBC comedy Parks and Recreation; it proved both critical and commercial success, leading to Jones being nominated for an Emmy Award nomination in 2010.
She has worked extensively in film and television as well as writing several books and essays. Additionally, she has done voiceovers for Maroon 5 as well as Tupac Shakur (deceased). Additionally, she produced and directed a short documentary about her maternal grandmother who survived the Holocaust.
Jones has long been an advocate for various social causes, particularly AIDS and homelessness. She has taken part in Stand Up to Cancer events, promoted several charities such as Peace First (formerly Peace Games) and ONE: The Campaign to Make Poverty History as well as served as honorary chair at an annual Housing Works benefit aimed at fighting these conditions in New York City.