With her versatility in both comedic and dramatic roles and her growing presence in Hollywood as a screenwriter and producer, Rashida Jones has established herself as one of the industry's brightest stars. Jones currently stars as Ann Perkins on NBC's Emmy-nominated and critically acclaimed comedy "Parks and Recreation."
Jones and her writing partner, fellow actor Will McCormack, signed their first TV production deal in early 2013 through their newly founded production company, Le Train Train. This two-year pact with Warner Bros. Television will see the two develop, write and produce comedy and drama projects for broadcast and cable.
Le Train Train has already sold four pilots: the put pilot "Stuck" to Fox, the hour-long drama series "The Revengers" to CW, the put pilot "A to Z" to NBC and the half-hour single-camera comedy "Girls Without Boys" to ABC. Jones and McCormack, who were recognized on Variety's list of Screenwriters to Watch, are also currently writing and developing the feature "Frenemy of the State" for Universal/Imagine based on the comic book they co-wrote. They previously wrote and developed the Showtime project "We Are Puppets."
Jones will next be seen in the British independent film "Cuban Fury," starring alongside Nick Frost, Chris O'Dowd and Olivia Colman in February 2014. She portrays Frost's boss, whom he attempts to woo by reigniting his long-dormant passion for salsa dancing. On television, Rashida can currently be seen on NBC's "Parks and Recreation." Currently in its sixth season, the show was nominated for the 2010 and 2012 TCA Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy and a 2011 Emmy Award for Best Comedy Series. It was listed as one of AFI's top programs in 2011 and won a 2012 Peabody Award.
"Celeste and Jesse Forever," which Rashida co-penned with McCormack, premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. She starred opposite Andy Samberg in the film, which provides a sharp look at a young couple in the midst of a divorce who attempt to maintain their friendship while pursuing new relationships. The film premiered to rave reviews and garnered Rashida and Will a nomination for an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay.
Previous film credits include Disney's hit "The Muppets," opposite Jason Segel and Amy Adams, and "The Big Year," opposite Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson. She stole scenes in Jesse Peretz's "Our Idiot Brother," opposite Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks and Zooey Deschanel. She also starred in Dana Adam Shapiro's relationship drama "Monogamy," opposite Chris Messina (Tribeca Film Festival - Best New York Narrative Award), had a cameo in "Friends with Benefits," opposite Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis, and appeared in Columbia Pictures' critically acclaimed and award-winning film "The Social Network," starring opposite Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake. Rashida also appeared opposite Paul Rudd and Jason Segel in the DreamWorks feature "I Love You, Man" for writer-director John Hamburg, and in "Little Black Book" opposite Holly Hunter and Kathy Bates.
Additional television credits include NBC's Emmy Award-winning comedy "The Office," David E. Kelley's "Boston Public," Jorge Zamacona's "Wanted" for TNT, "Unhitched," a half-hour comedy for Fox from the Farrelly brothers, as well as Judd Apatow's "Freaks and Geeks," "If These Walls Could Talk II," "The Chappelle Show" and the British television series "NY-LON." Jones was also a weekly correspondent on the talk show "Vibe TV."
Rashida graduated from Harvard University, where she appeared in several plays, including "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf," "Dancing at Lughnasa," "The Odd Couple: The Female Version" and "H.M.S. Pinafore." She was also in "Pitching to the Star" with Peggy Lipton at the Lee Strasberg Theatre.
As an advocate for the International Rescue Committee, Rashida raises awareness about the humanitarian needs of refugees and others uprooted by the global crisis. Additionally, she is on the board of Peace First, an organization dedicated to nonviolence through cooperation, communication and problem-solving education.
Jones currently resides in Los Angeles.