Rashida Jones
Birth Date:
February 25, 1976
Birth Place:
Los Angeles, California, USA
5' 4
actress, model, musician
The Buckley School, Sherman Oaks, California
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The Office


“Nobody really cares what you do unless you're in trouble and then they can all watch you be in trouble. I think it's pretty sad.” Rashida Jones (on the public's interest in celebrities)

Involved in the theatrical circuit while studying at Harvard, Rashida Jones is widely recognized among TV viewers as Louisa Fenn (2000-2002), the wisecracking high school assistant to overburdened principal Steven Harper (played by Chi McBride), in David E. Kelley's controversial Fox teen drama "Boston Public," and as Karen Filippelli (2006-2007), the love interest to John Krasinski's character Jim, in the award winning NBC version of the British series, "The Office." She also guest starred in an episode of "Freaks and Geeks,” the short-lived British romantic drama series "NY-LON" and the TV series "Wanted."

On the big screen, Jones has appeared in films like "Full Frontal" (2002) and "Little Black Book" (2004). She will next be seen in the upcoming films "Brief Interviews with Hideous Men," "Chilled in Miami," and "I Love You, Man."

"I had a sophomore slump and doing shows was the only thing that was getting me through it. I was away from home and just felt lonely and detached and confused about my life. But acting grounded me and was really fun so I thought why can't it be something I do forever?" Rashida Jones

Daughter of music legend Quincy Jones, Rashida Jones has performed in concerts and won awards since age 5. She sang backup vocals on 3 songs on Maroon 5's album “Songs About Jane” and appeared as a vocalist in a tribute song to Tupac Shakur, who was engaged to her sister, Kidada Jones, before he was killed. She also played the role of Susan Belfontaine in the Foo Fighters' music video for “Long Road to Ruin” (she is credited as Racinda Jules in the opening credits).

5' 4" attractive and vibrant Rashida Jones has worked occasionally as a model and was on “People Magazine's” “50 Most Beautiful People” list in 2002 and 2007. She was also chosen as one of “Harper's Bazaar's” “Best Dressed Women In America.”

“I tend to leave the house without makeup all the time. I'm kind of lazy that way. Smiling is definitely one of the best beauty remedies. If you have a good sense of humor and a good approach to life, that's beautiful.” Rashida Jones

Jones was formerly engaged to “Spider Man” star Tobey Maguire and actor/DJ Mark Ronson. She also has been romantically linked to actors Josh Hartnett, Seth Meyers, and her “Office” co-star, John Krasinski.

Rash, Rashi

Childhood and Family:

"Growing up in L.A., my friends were from different cultures: Latino, black, white. It was never an issue that my dad is black and my mom is white." Rashida Jones

The youngest daughter of former entertainment power couple Quincy Jones (composer; born on March 14, 1933) and Peggy Lipton (actress; born on August 30, 1946), Rashida Leah Jones was born on February 25, 1976, in Bel Air, Los Angeles, California.

Rashida's older sister is actress Kidada Jones (born on March 22, 1974) and her half siblings are Kenya Julia Miambi Sarah Jones (born on February 9, 1993; mother: Nastassja Kinski), Jolie Jones Levine (musician; mother: Jeri Caldwell), Rachel Jones (mother: Jeri Caldwell), Martina Lisa Jones (mother: Ulla Anderson), and Quincy Jones III (composer, producer; born on December 23, 1968; mother: Ulla Anderson).

"I was a raver in college. I had ponytails and a backpack, baggy jeans, a dummy. I was at raves every weekend. I was such a dork." Rashida Jones

Daughter to an African-American father with Tocharian ancestry and a Jewish, Irish and Russian-American mother, Rashida attended Hebrew school and made the National Honor Society. She was a student at The Buckley School, in Sherman Oaks, California, where she was voted “Most Likely to Succeed.”

An avid reader by age five, Rashida planned to become a lawyer and studied religion and philosophy at Harvard University where she graduated with a B.A. in 1997. While studying there, she became interested in acting and became involved in theater, appearing in such stage productions as "Dancing at Lughnasa" and "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf." Rashida, who has played classical concerts and has won awards since she was 5 years old, also became a member and music director for Harvard's oldest co-ed a cappella group, The Harvard Opportunes, and co-composed the score for Harvard’s infamous “Hasty Puddings” theatricals.

Although Rashida was raised Jewish, she converted to Hinduism at age 13 after her mother took her to India. But she has since reverted to Judaism, explaining in an interview, "In this day and age, you can choose how you practice and what is your relationship with God. I feel pretty strongly about my connection, definitely through the Jewish traditions and the things that I learned dating the guy that I dated. My boyfriends tend to be Jewish and also be practicing."

Rashida, nicknamed “Rash” or “Rashi,” enjoys bungee-jumping, parasailing, skydiving, and other extreme sports in her spare time. She also worked to promote Peace Games, which teaches children to resolve conflict without violence. Serving as a board member since 2004, she has held a number of annual benefits to raise money for the organization.

"I wanted to be the first black Jewish female president. How am I doing with that? It's not going that well." Rashida Jones (on her childhood ambition)

Boston Public


"Having a famous person as a father is not going to help you if he's not producing, directing and writing the movie you want a part in. But there are definitely haters. People who think that you have it easy and they want to try to balance it out by making it difficult. You know what, screw 'em. All I can keep doing is this acting thing as best I can." Rashida Jones

While studying at Harvard, Rashida Jones made her film acting debut in the independent romantic comedy "Myth America," (filmed in 1996; released in 1998). Shortly after graduation, she was featured in the CBS Emmy-nominated miniseries based on the book written by the author of "The Godfather," "Mario Puzo's 'The Last Don'" (1997), starring Danny Aiello.

Hitting the new millennium, Jones landed her first big break when she was cast in the regular role of Louisa Fenn (2000-2002), the wisecracking high school assistant to overburdened principal Steven Harper (played by Chi McBride), in David E. Kelley's controversial Fox teen drama "Boston Public," which earned her an Image Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.

Rashida also acted in the festival-screened independent drama "East of A," with Patrick Breen, Scott Kraft, and Nadine Van der Velde, and guest starred as high school bully Karen Scarfolli in an episode of NBC’s cult series "Freaks and Geeks." She also played a feminist in the "1972" segment of HBO's Emmy and Golden Globe-winning, lesbian-themed anthology movie "If These Walls Could Talk 2" (2000; with Vanessa Redgrave, Chloë Sevigny, Michelle Williams, Sharon Stone, and Ellen DeGeneres) and appeared on a Los Angeles stage with her mother and uncle in the one-act play "Pitching to the Star" (2002). Additionally, she was listed on People magazine’s highly publicized list of “50 Most Beautiful People.”

After her contract with "Boston Public" ended, Jones was cast in the 2002 films "Now You Know," a romantic comedy by writer/director/actor Jeff Anderson, and "Full Frontal," a romantic drama/comedy by Steven Soderbergh starring Catherine Keener, David Duchovny, Julia Roberts, and Mary McCormack. She also could be seen alongside Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Capone, and Damon Dash in the low budget mockumentary "Death of a Dynasty" (2003), a satire of the hip hop music industry centered around Roc-A-Fella Records, and with Brittany Murphy, Holly Hunter, Kathy Bates, and Ron Livingston in Nick Hurran's widely panned drama/romantic comedy film "Little Black Book" (2004).

Meanwhile, TV viewers could catch her starring in the short-lived British romantic drama series "NY-LON" (2004), as Edie Miller, a bohemian New York record store clerk who becomes involved with London stock broker Michael (played by Stephen Moyer). She also appeared in two episodes of Comedy Central's "Chappelle's Show" and had a deleted scene in the made-for-television movie "Strip Search" (2004).

In 2005, Jones appeared in the pilot episode of Comedy Central's improvisational comedy series “Stella,” and co-starred as Detective Carla Merced in the drama/crime/thriller TV series "Wanted," alongside Gary Cole and Ryan Hurst. Afterward, she hit the big time again in 2006 when she was cast in a recurring role of Karen Filippelli in her favorite TV show on NBC, "The Office." She played the love interest to John Krasinski's character Jim in the award-winning show until 2007.

“I was a huge fan of the show, so I'm still in shock that I'm on it.” Rashida Jones (on getting involved with “The Office”)

During this time, Jones appeared in an untitled Paul Reiser project and in the unsold pilot "Our Thirties" (2006) alongside Rachel Blanchard and Tom Hughes. She was also spotted as a guest in an episode of the comedy series "Wainy Days," starring David Wain, and appeared as a hostess in the comedy movie "The Ten" (2007), which was directed and co-written by David Wain and stars Paul Rudd, Adam Brody, and Winona Ryder. That same year, the exotic beauty was listed again in People Magazine's “50 Most Beautiful People” list.

Jones is set to appear in the pilot episode of an upcoming sitcom called "Unhitched," scheduled to premiere on Fox on March 2, 2008. She is currently working on her upcoming film project, "Brief Interviews with Hideous Men," directed by none other than “Office” co-star, Krasinski. She will also appear in "Chilled in Miami," a romantic comedy by Jonas Elmer starring Renée Zellweger, and "I Love You, Man," a comedy by writer/director John Hamburg starring Paul Rudd.

Adding to her acting work, Jones also has modeled for major clothing labels including Triple 5 Soul and The Gap. She has appeared in editorials for magazines such as “In Style” and “O Magazine.” Daughter of a famed composer, Jones' music talent could be heard as backup vocals on 3 songs on Maroon 5's album “Songs About Jane” and in a tribute song to Tupac Shakur, who was engaged to her sister, Kidada Jones, before he was killed. She also plays the role of Susan Belfontaine in the Foo Fighters' music video for “Long Road to Ruin.” Jones, who wrote chapter 36 of her father's biography “Q: The Autobiography Of Quincy Jones,” also had her written work featured in “Teen Vogue.”


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