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Rashida Jones, with her versatility in both comedic and dramatic roles, has quickly established herself as one of Hollywood's bright stars. Jones currently stars as Ann Perkins in NBC Emmy-nominated and critically acclaimed comedy series "Parks and Recreation."
Jones has three films opening by year's end. Currently, she can be seen in Jesse Peretz's "Our Idiot Brother" opposite Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks and Zooey Deschanel. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2011. Following that, she will next be seen in Fox 2000's upcoming comedy "The Big Year," opposite Owen Wilson, Steve Martin, and Jack Black. David Frankel directed the film based on Mark Obmascik's tome about three men who try to outdo each other during a year-long competition to spot the rarest birds in North America. Jones will play Black's love interest. Lastly, she will star in "The Muppets Movie" for James Bobin along with Jason Segel, Amy Adams and Zach Galifianakis. The film will be released on November 23rd.
Additionally, she recently wrapped the film "Celeste and Jesse Forever," which she co-penned with writing partner Will McCormack and put her on Variety's recent list of Screenwriters to Watch. She stars alongside Andy Samberg in the film, which focuses on a young couple in the midst of a divorce who attempt to maintain their friendship while pursuing new relationships. Team Todd is producing. In addition, Jones recently sold the script adaptation of the comic book that she co-wrote, "Frenemy of the State," to Universal Pictures.
Rashida recently starred in Columbia Pictures' critically acclaimed and award-winning film "The Social Network," starring opposite Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, and Justin Timberlake. The project, which received six Golden Globe Award nominations including a win for Best Motion Picture - Drama and a SAG Award nomination for Best Cast Performance, was also awarded a Writers Guild Award and an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. The drama revolves around the founders of Facebook, and was penned by Aaron Sorkin. Rashida can also be seen in Adam Shapiro's relationship drama "Monogamy" opposite Chris Messina, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, where it won Best New York Narrative. She recently had a cameo in this year's "Friends with Benefits" opposite Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis.
On television, Rashida can currently be seen on NBC's "Parks and Recreation." As Ann Perkins the nurse, she stars opposite Amy Poehler. The show is now in production on its fourth season and was nominated for a 2010 TCA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy and a 2011 Emmy Award for Best Series, Comedy. Rashida caught attention of audiences and the industry alike when she portrayed the ambitious saleswoman Karen Filippelli in NBC's Emmy Award-winning comedy "The Office," opposite Steve Carell.
She 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 Strasburg Theatre.
Past film credits include the DreamWorks feature, "I Love You, Man" for writer/director John Hamburg, starring opposite Paul Rudd and Jason Segal, and "Little Black Book" opposite Holly Hunter and Kathy Bates. On television, she starred as Kate on "Unhitched" a half-hour comedy for Fox from the Farrelly brothers. Additional television credits include David E. Kelley's "Boston Public" for Fox, as Louisa Fenn; Jorge Zamacoma's "Wanted" as Detective Carla Merced, for TNT; 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."
Jones currently resides in Los Angeles.