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What does 'Parks and Recreation' star Rashida Jones do in her spare time? She makes movies

March 28, 2011 |  2:34 pm

Rashida Just because "Parks and Recreation" star Rashida Jones is the daughter of music legend Quincy Jones and actress Peggy Lipton doesn't mean she had roles handed to her on a silver platter.

"I see my parents' friends out now and they're sort of peers, and we go to the same parties, and they say, 'I'm so proud of you; I always knew you could do it.' But it's not like they were ever like 'Let me make this phone call for you.'" She says with a laugh, "I would have taken the handouts. But nobody gave them to me."

After graduating from Harvard and trying her luck for years as a struggling actress, she said she decided to pursue a graduate degree in public policy -- until she was offered the role of John Krasinski's love interest in "The Office," followed by the subtly charming role of Ann Perkins on "Parks and Recreation."

After "Parks" came the deluge: The 35-year old actress is set to appear in a slew of movies this year, including the newly released "Monogamy"  and the upcoming "Friends With Benefits" and "The Muppets."

Read more about Jones in this weekend's Calendar interview.


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Photo: Rashida Jones. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times