Rashida Leah Jones was born on February 25, 1976. She is an American actress, writer, producer, and director, best known for her appearance as Louisa Fenn on Boston Public (Fox drama series) and Karen Filippelli on The Office (a well-known NBC comedy series).
Rashida Jones was born in Los Angeles, California. Peggy Lipton, an actress and Rashida’s mother, and Quincy Jones (a musician and a record producer) and Rashida’s father, had two girls – Rashida and Kidada Jones. Their mother raised the sisters in Reform Judaism, and in her young days, Rashida attended a Hebrew school. She grew up in Los Angeles and attended The Buckley School in California. Afterward, she attended Harvard University and graduated in 1997.
From 2003 to 2004, Jones was engaged to the musician Mark Ronson. She has had relationships with Jeremy Renner, Tobey Meguire (1997-2000), Seth Mayers (2005), John Krasinski (2005-2006), Charlie Hunnam (2006), Jon Favreau (2009-2010), and Colin Jost (2013-2016).
Currently, she is in a happy relationship with Ezra Koening. Ezra and Rashida have a son, and according to their Twitter fans, they are a sweet couple, keeping the pace of their relationship as if it’s still in its honeymoon phase.
Jones gained her popularity after starring as Ann Perkins on the NBC comedy series called Parks and Recreation and starring Karen Filippelli in NBC’s mockumentary The Office. Her first significant role was Louisa Fen for Fox’s drama series that aired from 2000-2002, Boston Public.
From 2016 to 2019, Rashida Jones made another major appearance in TBS’s comedy series called Angie Tribeca, where she starred in the leading role. In writing, her major success was a co-writing job to create Toy Story 4 in 2019.
In the film, she made several noticeable appearances: in Celeste and Jesse Forever, which she also co-wrote (released in 2012). Earlier on, she starred in I Love You, Man (2009) and The Social Network (2010).
As a filmmaker, Jones also left a mark. She made a documentary about her father, Quincy Jones, called “Quincy,” which debuted on Netflix and won the Grammy Award for Best Music Film (2019). She also directed one (the first) episode of a series called Hot Girls Wanted in 2015.
Jones made many appearances in movies and TV shows, The Office being the one that made her continue pursuing her acting profession.
- The Last Don (1997);
- If These Walls Could Talk 2 (2000);
- Freaks and Geeks (2000);
- Boston Public (2000);
- Full Frontal (2002);
- Death of a Dynasty (2003);
- Chappelle’s Show (2003);
- Little Black Book (2004);
- Stella (2005);
- Parks and Recreation (2009-2015);
- The Office (2005-2013);
- Saturday Night Live (2007);
- Unhitched (2008);
- Brief Interviews with Hideous Men (2009);
- I love you, Man (2009);
- Cop Out (2010);
- The Social Network (2010);
- Monogamy (2010);
- Friends with Benefits, The Big Year, The Muppets, Our Idiot Brother (2011);
- Celeste and Jesse Forever (2011);
- Angie Tribeca (2014);
Jones created several screenplays, teleplays, and scripts, one of which her rights were sold to Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment (Frenemy of the State, 2009).
- Frenemy of the State (2009);
- Celeste and Jesse Forever (2009);
- Nosedive (Jone co-wrote an episode for the television anthology series Black Mirror, 2016);
- Toy Story 4 (worked on the script, 2019);
- Teen Vogue (contributing editor);
- The Autobiography of Quincy Jones (chapter 36, 2001);
- “Thank-you Note” contributed to Michelle Obama in the New York Times (2016);
Awards and Nominations
Jones was nominated for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2002 (Boston Public(. She was also nominated in 2011 for an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay (Celeste and Jesse Forever).
In 2021 she was nominated for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Parks and Recreation), and in 2017 for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Writing in a Television Movie (episode “Nosedive” for Black Mirror).
In 2019 she won the Grammy Award for Best Music Film for “Quincy” and was nominated in 2021 for Best Actress in a Motion Picture (On the Rocks).
In The News
In a recent interview for NPR, Rashida Jones opened up about her childhood and rise to fame. She stated that her mother was uncomfortable with her quick popularity. “That changed the dynamic of our household,” Jones added.
She also stated that while all people think fame is wonderful, it’s actually the opposite. “It can be a poison. It can be intoxicating and destructive,” Jones says.