ABC News’ Alisha Davis and Lauren Sher:
You know her from hit shows like “Parks and Rec” and “The Office,” but Rashida Jones, who stars alongside funnyman Andy Samberg in the much buzzed-about movie “Celeste and Jesse Forever,” has a lot going for her beyond acting.
In the breakup comedy, which hits theaters Aug. 3, Jones plays Celeste, a career-driven woman who tries to stay best friends with her ex-husband, Jesse, played by Samberg, post-divorce. Jones, 36, also co-wrote the screenplay for the flick and visited “Good Morning America” Wednesday to talk about her latest project.
“For me the process of making the movie was one of the best experiences I ever had,” Jones said today on “GMA.” “Andy and I have been friends for a long time and we had a really great time … I think the chemistry between Andy and I really works.”
Learn more about the multi-talented actress who is a rising leading lady in Hollywood.
- She’s got a talented gene pool — jazz great Quincy Jones and “Mod Squad” actress Peggy Lipton. Thanks to her dad’s connections in the music biz, none other but LL Cool J performed at her Sweet 16 party. Michael Jackson was a childhood friend of the family. “I definitely had a unique upbringing,” she said. “My parents are great. We had so much fun. My parents are loving and awesome. … and supportive. As long as I was connected with what I was doing and was passionate about it they were happy.”
- She sang backup vocals for Maroon 5 on both of their albums. “I love music and I’m intimidated by it and want to be better at it, but whenever I get a chance to do something like that where I can be involved, I will take the chance, for sure,” she said.
- She does charity work. Jones has worked with International Rescue Committee, traveling to Thailand and working with Burmese refugees. “I went to the border of Thailand and visited their refugee camp. I went there and spoke to the volunteers and … I went from the camp near the Burmese border to San Diego where they have a really big resettlement program,” she said. “It’s such a well rounded organization. They don’t just do one thing. It’s immediate emergency relief, but it’s also micro loans and they provide so many aspects of what it takes to help people resettle.”
- She’s a Harvard grad. Jones may be on People magazine’s “Beautiful People” list, but she’s got a top-tier college education too, graduating from Harvard in 1997.
- Hidden talent? Bird calls. “I had to learn to do bird calls for a movie,” she said, “but that might scare somebody or give them a stroke.”