Rashida Jones on the part she wrote for herself
August 1st, 2012
01:46 PM ET

Rashida Jones on the part she wrote for herself

“Parks and Recreation’s” Rashida Jones refuses to be typecast.

The star and co-screenwriter of “Celeste and Jesse Forever” told the New York Times she wanted to play a role other than the “dependable, affable, loving, friend-wife-girlfriend” – so she wrote a part for herself.

“I felt like this was the only opportunity I had to play this kind of part - a character that’s maybe less than likable,” the 36-year-old actress said of her labor of love, which was reportedly made for less than $1 million in just 23 days.

Jones said her passion for the role - a woman in the midst of divorce - led her to turn down an offer from a studio that wanted the right to “cast somebody else if they felt like I wasn’t financially viable.”

But, like she told the Times, who better to tell a story inspired by her own love life than her? The actress and Will McCormack - who also appears in “Celeste and Jesse Forever” – co-wrote the film using details from their own two-week relationship-turned-friendship.

The dramedy, which marks Jones' screenwriting debut, hits theaters on Friday.

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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Lipton

    she looks alot like her mom peggy lipton

    August 3, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Puppy123

    he also taught himself how to play all his instruments because he had no money for lessons. amazing guy

    August 3, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jones

    quincy jones was very poor, not sure about the military, caught him on tavis smiley one morning...he said: when I was a child they new about a bakery that would deliver cakes, pies at 4am and he and friends would go get them bring them home to eat. he said we stole food not money. LOL

    August 2, 2012 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. @Gouda

    Why would you say that her dad must have been in the military? Any how, Yes her dad is the living music legend Quincy Jones and her mom is the beautiful Peggy Lipton. Great genes.

    August 2, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Gouda

    She looks exotic, her dad must have been in the military...

    August 2, 2012 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Stacey

      Her Dad is Quincy Jones, the music mogel. Her Mom is Peggy Lipton from the Mod Squad. She is a Harvard grad with boat loads of talent.

      August 2, 2012 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Gouda

      That's not what Michael Scott thinks

      August 2, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |

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