Rashida Jones Biography

Television Actress (1976–)
Rashida Jones is an actress best known for her role on the NBC sitcom ‘Parks and Recreation’ as well as other series like 'The Office' and 'Angie Tribeca.'

Who Is Rashida Jones?

Rashida Jones was born on February 25, 1976, in Los Angeles, California. She attended Harvard, where she was active in singing and acting, and during the year of her graduation Jones landed her first TV role in the miniseries The Last Don (1997). She made a big splash on the series Boston Public in 2000 and eventually earned a plum role on The Office, joining the cast in 2006. Parks and Recreation would be her next smash project, and several films such as I Love You, Man (2009) and The Social Network (2010) followed. She later starred as the title character in 2015's TV satire Angie Tribeca

Background and Education

Rashida Jones was born on February 25, 1976, in Los Angeles. Her father is musician and producer Quincy Jones, and her mother is actress Peggy Lipton, known for such era-spanning TV shows such as The Mod Squad and Twin Peaks. Jones attended the Buckley School in Sherman Oaks with the likes of Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian. In recalling her schoolmates, she once said, “They were on my bus. Can you imagine, being on a bus where two of the 10 people get famous for having sex tapes?”

After graduating, Jones moved to Boston to attend Harvard, where she studied religion and philosophy. She also did some theater work and sang with the school’s a cappella group, the Harvard Opportunes. She got some vocal gigs after she graduated in 1997, notably singing backup for Maroon 5 and on tracks for Tupac Shakur, who was dating Jones's sister.

Big Move to TV

Singing would take a backseat, though, when she was cast in the miniseries The Last Don (1997), which would mark her screen acting debut. Jone then appeared in a handful of small roles before getting a recurring part on TV’s Boston Public in 2000. Her character, Louisa Fenn, was in 26 episodes of the hit legal show, and the stint gave Jones face time with America that would help her move to the next step. Before her career progressed, however, Jones appeared in several TV shows that a lot of people may not have seen, including NY-LON (2004), Stella (2005) and Wanted (2005). 

A Star, on Screens Big and Small

In 2006, Jones made that next big step when she landed a role that ensured her spot in the public consciousness, playing Karen Filippelli on the comedy series The Office. The character appeared sporadically over the course of six seasons, and the part-time nature of the work let Jones take on in 2009 what would become her defining role, that of Ann Perkins on the sitcom Parks and Recreation. With the success of Parks, Jones took on an array of projects, appearing on several other shows that included Web Therapy and The Awesomes. 

Jones reached another career milestone in 2015 with her turn as the title character on the TBS series Angie Tribeca, a satire of police procedurals co-starring Hayes MacArthur. The show, which had its premiere at the SXSW festival, was created by her former Office colleague Steve Carell and his wife Nancy.

Jones also transitioned to the big screen and has appeared in films like Brief Interviews With Hideous Men (2009), I Love You, Man (2009), The Social Network (2010), Our Idiot Brother (2011) and The Muppets (2011).

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Rashida Jones at the Courage In Journalism Awards 2014. (Photo: Helga Esteb / Shutterstock.com)

Personal Life

Rashida Jones has been romantically linked to a handful of famous men, notably Tobey Maguire, Jon Favreau and music producer Mark Ronson, as well as her Office so-star John Krasinski.

When she’s not onscreen, Jones is involved with several charities, including Peace First, with which she is a board member; Stand Up to Cancer; Housing Works; and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

In August 2018, Jones welcomed her first child, son Isaiah Jones Koenig, with boyfriend Ezra Koenig.

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