Joe's back with another comic, a movie review and a funny prediction for the future
Joe Loves Crappy Movies: I Love You, Man Review
...Jones isn’t given much to do but it’s fantastic to see her up on the big screen. It's only matter of time before America falls in love with her freckled nose, casts her in every girlfriend role Hollywood offers, sends the paparazzi after her, rejects her when she branches out and tries something different, acts poorly when she marries some writer or camera man that we've never heard of before, realizes that "she does things too!" in the pages of US Weekly, makes fun of her ugly babies, roots for her comeback and celebrates here all over again. … It’s just a matter of time...
Ha, this guy is great.
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Joe's back with another comic, a movie review and a funny prediction for the future
March 17: after-party at the Sunset Tower
A spywitness reveals to JustJared.com, “Natalie and (fellow Harvard grad) Rashida Jones were at the hotel for the after-party for I Love You, Man.Sean, Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black and two other pals happened to be at the same hotel for dinner. Natalie just joined them.”
Last week: dancing together at a club
Tonite Villa in W Hollywood DJ Metric & Jon Abraham / All NYC Hip Hop
*Last wk we had Nat Portman & Rashida Jones doin the cabbage patch*
4:33 PM Mar 30th from TwitterBerry
Thanks to tipster J, a Natalie and Rashida and Twitter fan :)
I just realized we haven't posted these election videos yet
Monday, March 30, 2009
This is pretty cool. Joseph Dunn, a Rashida fan and talented artist, has put his work up on DPO
Joe Loves Crappy Movies: RJ Is Taking Over the World with Adorableness
...Now, because of her success and recognition there, we get to have her up on the big screen in movies like I Love You Man where she’s free to be adorable and funny on a whole new scale. Jones has leading lady abilities and this is a great step in the right direction.
This, by the way, is not the official I LYM review, just a comic leading into it. I wanted Ms. Jones to have at least one adorable day in the spotlight here at JLCM. She deserves it.
Entertainment Weekly: The Bullseye
Rashida takes center spot in the March 23 edition, "just because."
The New York Observer: Rashida Jones Strikes It Big
Rashida Jones is kinda having a moment. The beautiful daughter of Quincy Jones and actress Peggy Lipton is a proud part of the No. 1 comedy in America, I Love You, Man; she’s a co-star on the highly anticipated Parks and Recreation, which debuts on April 9—poor test screening results be damned! And just this week, she sold her first screenplay, the snappily titled Celeste and Jesse Forever, which she co-wrote with actor Will McCormack (Brothers and Sisters)...
In His Beauty Universe: Me and Miss Jones
Hairstylist Ted Gibson created her look for the Martha appearance.
His post has a cool link to...
The Daily Makeover Look Book: Rashida Jones
It's got the instructions for re-creating these 8 styles
British denim brand MIH parties in style
Thursday night MIH denim designer Chloe Lonsdale hosted an intimate party at the Hancock Park home of celebrity stylist Estee Stanley. It wasn’t the usual fashion crowd, most of whom were probably at Decades Two where Rachel Zoe auctioned off her costume jewelry while being filmed for the second season of her Bravo reality show. The people mixing it up at the MIH party were a low-key bunch, peppered with a few A-list stars.
The diminutive Olsen twins lurked in the shadows of the dimly lighted back patio, sinking way into the couches and smoking the occasional cigarette. Rashida Jones held court in a dark corner by a heat lamp...
Info via Los Angeles Times: All The Rage
Friday, March 27, 2009
Looks like Rashida can add 'screenwriter' to her list of accomplishments - she and Will McCormack have sold a movie script to Fox and she's attached to star!
Fox Atomic nabs 'Celeste and Jesse'
Rashida Jones to star in her own comedy spec
By TATIANA SIEGEL
Fox Atomic has snapped up Rashida Jones and Will McCormack's spec, "Celeste and Jesse Forever," and has attached the "I Love You, Man" actress to star.
Suzanne and Jennifer Todd ("Across the Universe") are producing the comedy via their Team Todd shingle.
Story revolves around a young divorcing couple who try to maintain their longstanding friendship while pursuing other relationships.
Jones, who is best known for her stint on "The Office" before segueing to bigscreen fare like "I Love You, Man," began writing the script with McCormack in August. Project marks the first script sale for Jones and her fellow thesp McCormack, whose credits include ABC's "Brothers and Sisters" and FX's "Dirt." Team Todd has a number of films in various stages of development and production, including Tim Burton's "Alice" at Disney.
Jones will next be seen on NBC's "Parks and Recreation," which premieres April 9.
Info and image via Variety
This is her writing partner Will McCormack
Acting credits: IMDb, Wiki
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Rashida shares her Aha! moment -and some wise words- in the April issue of O magazine. According to Oprah, an Aha! moment is "one of those unforgettable, connect-the-dots moments, when everything suddenly, somehow changed." Sadly Rashida's came as a result of her mom having cancer.
Rashida Jones' Aha! Moment: On her Mom Peggy Lipton and cancer
When the actress's mother, Peggy Lipton, was diagnosed with cancer, Jones had a choice: fall into a dark hole or look for the lighter side.
My mother and I are more than best friends; we are partners in crime. After she and my father, Quincy Jones, separated when I was 10 years old, my sister, Kidada, who was 12, went to live with our dad, and I stayed with my mother. Mom is the most unconditionally loving person I will ever know, and she has always supported me on every level. Until last year she worked with me before every audition; she's given me perspective, and she has let me cry when things haven't gone my way—which, when you're an actress, can happen a lot.
In 2002 Mom and I got a chance to act together in a play called Pitching to the Star, with her brother, Robert Lipton. The three of us on the same stage—that was such a special experience for me. When the play was over, I went to London for four months. Just a couple of days after I came back, Mom was diagnosed with cancer. At 56, she'd gone in for a routine colonoscopy, and her doctors found a stage III tumor. They recommended surgery and chemo immediately.
The minute the word cancer enters your house, everything changes. I felt like a huge anvil had fallen on me. But I knew that action needed to be taken—there were logistics to handle, and my mother needed support. Luckily, both of us now lived in New York, which was a huge blessing.
Chemotherapy is brutal. The goal is pretty much to kill everything in your body without killing you. I wished I could have gone through it for her; I wanted to take the burden off her. Then I figured out a way to help.
I decided my job was to find joyful moments during what could have been a terrifying time for both of us. One time we were in the hospital's chemo suite, waiting for her to be called in for the treatment. There are performers in the waiting room to keep the patients entertained, and on this day there was a guitarist who was playing Simon and Garfunkel songs. He was so earnest, so sweet…and just not good at all. After he left, we laughed so hard. We had that moment of surrender where I thought, "This is kind of hilarious. I can't believe we're here, but thank God we're here together." We told dumb jokes all day; at one point, I started calling my mom "Chemosabe." We laughed so much, she almost seemed to forget she was sick. That summer all we did was laugh.
Just because a situation is grim doesn't mean you don't have every right to smile. It isn't about "being strong" and pretending everything's okay; it's about finding joy where you can. My dad has always said, "Approach life with love and not fear." It's such a dynamic way to live.
I know that in life there will be sickness, devastation, disappointments, heartache—it's a given. What's not a given is the way you choose to get through it all. If you look hard enough, you can always find the bright side.
Issue: April 2009
Interview: Suzan Colón
Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage
Info & image via O Magazine: Aha! Moment
Here's another short interview from Real Detroit Weekly. Thanks to Karen, a Rashida fan who runs Reel Artsy and a couple other sites, for the tip :)
Reel Artsy is an entertainment blog that focuses on multi-cultural films, TV and music, and was created by Karen herself.
Another cool site!
Real Detroit Weekly: Rashida Jones
"I don’t get cute guy makeouts in my career, I’ve just never gotten that. My first job out of school I had to get CPR from Rip Torn — and that was the closest I got to making out with a hot guy."
"I was really nervous about that role [Karen Filippelli] because I figured people are never gonna like me because fans of the show are so dedicated to Pam and Jim that anything that comes in the way is the demon — the devil."
I Love You Man: Rashida Jones
By Kirk Vanderbeek
Mar 17, 2009, 09:40
I Love You man, Man's Feminine Side
Rashida Jones may not yet be a household name, the studio audience of The Daily Show may not burst into appreciative applause when I Love You, Man star Paul Rudd drops her name during a guest appearance, but this is a young woman who is rapidly joining the inclusive ranks of today’s television and film comedy family.
She may be the cute cousin who has only made it to a family reunion or two so far, but since her work on The Office has brought her into mainstream consciousness, I think it’s safe to say that she’s not going anywhere. Comedy world, set out a place at the table for Rashida Jones, I think she’s staying for dessert.
It was nice to see Paul Rudd as a sort of lovably awkward guy in this film; he’s so often cast as a cocky dude. I’m wondering where his real personality lies — somewhere between the two?
Yeah, I think it’s probably closer to this than the cocky roles, I mean Paul is the nicest gentleman in the business, I promise. But he does awkward so well; he’s so adorable in this movie because you just want him to get it right once and he just never does. (laughs) But he’s definitely more confident and he’s way more eloquent than the character that he plays in this movie.
Is he also the most handsome man in comedy? I don’t know a single girl who is not completely in love with this guy.
He’s pretty hot; I’m not gonna lie to you. I’ve had the misfortune of really never getting to, like … I don’t get cute guy makeouts in my career, I’ve just never gotten that. My first job out of school I had to get CPR from Rip Torn — and that was the closest I got to making out with a hot guy. So it’s pretty great to make out with Paul Rudd.
How instrumental do you think your role in The Office has been in elevating your public image?
It’s kinda changed everything for me. I was really nervous about that role because I figured people are never gonna like me because fans of the show are so dedicated to Pam and Jim that anything that comes in the way is the demon — the devil. But yeah, people love that show … and the response has been really, really nice.
Yeah, what a good show to be involved with — and I was such a cynic at first because the British version is my favorite piece of entertainment ever.
Uh, me too! It’s the most perfect [seven-and-a-half] hours of anything on film.
Agreed! So, bromance is a pretty big deal these days. It’s such a theme in comedy right now, from Superbad through Pineapple Express to I Love You, Man, it seems like bromance is really being embraced. Do you think we have Judd Apatow to thank for this?
You know, I think tonally Judd has done a lot for that. I feel like it’s something that men need to embrace; it seems like it’s part of the zeitgeist, it’s bubbling up and guys have been kind of scared to be intimate with their male friends for such a long time, and now we’re giving them permission. We’re saying, “Dudes, love each other. It’s OK.” | RDW
Monday, March 23, 2009
Celebrity Bride Guide has some info about the popular I Love You, Man Wedding Dress
If you loved these wedding dresses as much as we did, here is where you can get them:
• The bride, played by Rashida Jones, wears a J.Crew Rebecca Dress with a fitted bodice and ruching at the center. (Although J. Crew is sold out of the dress right now, it is available at Once Wed for $150.)
• The bridesmaids, played by Jamie Presley and Sarah Burns, wear canary yellow dresses by Nanette Lepore. A similar style Nanette Lepore dress is available at Bluefly for $140.
For more I Love You, Man Screen Style, including her casual outfits, check out this post.
VF Daily’s picks for the top three parties around the globe...
#3 Love Letters
What: I Love You, Man premiere.
Where: Mann’s Village Theater, Los Angeles.
Who: Cast members Rashida Jones (whose mother, Peggy Lipton, was also there), Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, Andy Samberg, Jaime Pressly and Jon Favreau, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jason Bateman and Amanda Anka, Christine Taylor and Ben Stiller, Elizabeth Banks, Jack Black, and Jon Hamm and Jennifer Westfeldt.
Why: Because you’re not going to find a party crowd with a better sense of humor anywhere.
Talking Point: Rashida Jones’s great genes—Peggy Lipton looked as luminous as ever.
The lookbook and Red Carpet Fashion Awards have all the info on Rashida's outfit
She wore an Azzedine Alaia dress
Manolo Blahnik Pepe shoes
Fred Leighton jewellery
and carried a Prada clutch (not pictured)
I Love You, Man came second at the box office this weekend, behind Nicolas Cage's Knowing and ahead of Julia Roberts and Clive Owen's Duplicity. I saw it Saturday and thought it was great - very funny, good performances and Rashida looked gorgeous!
Box Office Prophets: Weekend Wrap-Up
Finishing a healthy second this weekend is I Love You, Man – the 'bromance' comedy starring two Judd Apatow vets, Paul Rudd and Jason Segel, two guys that have kissed the B-list goodbye and moved up a notch. From Paramount, I Love You, Man did great business for an adult, R-rated comedy, as it grossed $18 million over its opening frame. It didn't open on a gargantuan number of screens – only 2,711 – so it brings home an excellent venue average of $6,641.
Women's Wear Daily (WWD): Comedy's New Queen
“Filming this movie was the best job I’ve ever had. I would go to set when I wasn’t working just because I wanted to see everybody and hang out."
Photograph: Talaya Centeno
Boston Herald: 'I Love You' star Rashida Jones embraces improv
"I was having such a good time with the acting classes, I decided I should at least give acting a try."
Collider: Rashida Jones
"I hate to say that because I feel those are two things that people always say, like, 'I'm a guy's girl –' or like 'I was a huge geek in school.' And you're like, 'No, you weren't and no you weren't.'"
cinecon.com: Rashida Jones
"Most people only approach me to be nice which is really sweet. It's still something that catches you off guard when it's eight in the morning and you feel like you're alone and getting a coffee and someone recognizes you, you almost forget that you're in public."
SheKnows: Hollywood's new It girl
"I have always performed when I was a kid. I was in every play and musical, the chorus, jazz band – everything. I continued on with that through college. I was kind of an overachiever."
There were lots of blogs this week, mostly because of the movie. I picked these three because they had nice pics.
Internet Popular.com: The Hotness of the Week (with 8 pics)
She is hot because she is just about everything that you want in a girl, smart (Harvard Graduate 1997), funny (see “I Love You, Man”, “her cameos on “The Office”, and upcoming “Parks and Recreation”) and she is hot (see above picture). For that Rashida Jones is our Hotness Of The Week and is a perfect spring crush that you can think about...
The Frisky: Girl Crush (with 7 pics)
Jones dresses really cute and we want to see more of her outfits! With a role in “I Love You, Man,” which hits theaters today, and the upcoming NBC show “Parks & Services,” Rashida is back in the spotlight. This pleases us greatly because we could use some style inspiration for spring...
Fashion Intelligentsia: I Love Rashida
Don’t you love it when you think someone is cool and then you find out they are a Harvard grad and used to work at Barneys? I love amazing surprises like that. The Harvard Grad and Barneys Girl (she revealed this on Martha) I am talking about is Rashida Jones...
Mother Nature Network: Ecollywood
“I don’t have plastic bottles in my house. I use recyclable glass,” says Rashida Jones (The Office), whose profile is higher than ever these days with roles in the new movie I Love You, Man as Paul Rudd’s fiancée and in the NBC midseason Amy Poehler comedy Parks and Recreation as a nurse who encounters local government bureaucracy. “She’s not cynical. She’s definitely a caretaker. She’s compassionate,” says Jones of her character Ann Perkins. “She sees a problem and wants to fix it. That’s kind of her M.O.” The series premieres Apr. 9.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
CinemaBlend interviewed Rashida and Jaime Pressly
"I have a lot of awe for people who can make you laugh. It's an achievement, almost, in a way that it's not to make somebody cry."
Jones and Pressly were among the first of our many interviews during the I Love You, Man press day, and we talk to both of them below about being girls in a dude movie, getting the hang of improv, and in Rashida's case, just how many takes Paul Rudd managed to ruin by giggling.
We were talking about the sexuality in the film, and how frank and a little scary the women's talk was for the men.
So uncomfortable! Amazing, I love that. To me that was a pretty honest portrayal of how girls talk. We are detailed. I think guys don't actually know that, which is why I think it's a good thing that it's being represented in a movie. You don't get to see that that often.
Was that something that appealed to you about the character, that they would go there?
Yeah, I really loved the dynamic between the girlfriends. They all felt really different. It felt like they all had different points of view, but they found a way to converge and love each other through that. You don't get to see that that often in movies either. And also the fact that they were truly raw, the way that I know I can be with my girlfriends.
When do you remember first being inspired by comedy?
I don't know. I know my mom said as early as she can remember letting me watch TV, my one treat a week when I was like 6 was to stay up and watch Saturday Night Live. I'm completely obsessed with comedy. When I was living in New York, I would go and see stand-up as much as I could. I have a lot of awe for people who can make you laugh. It's an achievement, almost, in a way that it's not to make somebody cry. To me it's one of the best things you can do in the world, to make somebody laugh.
Did you go into entertainment because you had both parents in it?
No, I was like the rebel. I'm not going to do what my parents do! I was going to do everything to not be in entertainment. I kind of caught the bug. It's such a fortunate life, if you can work as an actor. I get to laugh all day, for hours and hours and hours a day. It's really nice.
is it weird to be coming full circle with Jason like this, since you were on an episode of Freaks and Geeks?
Freaks and Geeks for me was like a huge turning point. It was the first time that I read something and I thought, this is really good. this is the kind of stuff that I want to do. I had such a good time on the show, and I made friends with Jason, we've been friends the whole time. It's really nice to be able to come back together, and have kind of been working on our own. Obviously Judd Apatow has a big effect on people like that. Everybody starts with him.
It looked like you guys were having a good time on the set. We've been hearing a lot about improv.
There was a lot of improv going on. There were a lot of ruined takes. There's minutes and minutes of film of Paul just giggling, and nobody acting. Him just trying to get it together. It was a genuinely the most fun I've ever had working. We were given so much freedom to do stuff. I'm sure at some point John Hamburg was just like, OK, get it together. It was kind of part of the process. That's a good problem to have.
Did you do any improvisation?
I did. I've always kind of been scared of it. I took a Groundlings class in my 20s, and I was terrible. They didn't even pass me to the next level. I feel like I'm taking class all over again. I'm a little bit better this time. Between The Office and the new show and this, I'm learning what my take on it is. I do end up playing the straight man a lot. It's more about reaction than it is about playing some wacky character.
Interview: Katey Rich
First Showing.net asked her about the movie, Parks and Recreation, comedy and her career. Did you know she tried -and failed- at Groundlings? Aww. She also shares her favorite stand-up comics and movies.
The interviewer guy/girl was really won over and got a bit gushy. V. cute!
Interview: I Love You, Man's Lead Actress Rashida Jones
March 20, 2009
by Alex Billington
John Hamburg's comedy I Love You, Man hits theaters this weekend and leading the female side of the cast is the lovely Rashida Jones. Before walking in to see I Love You, Man, I didn't really know who she was, but after walking out, I already wanted to see more of her. Not only is she very funny, but she has such a great charm to her that we rarely see these days with actresses. Luckily I had the chance to talk with Rashida last week while she was out in Austin at SXSW promoting the film. And I've got to say, I don't think ever talked with an actress this nice and this wonderful ever, and I'm so glad I had this opportunity.
Rashida got her big break in acting with "Boston Public" in 2000, although she also appeared on Judd Apatow's "Freaks and Geeks". Since then she has appeared on "Chappelle's Show", "NY-LON", "Wanted", "Unhitched", "The Office", and Saturday Night Live. She has also appeared in movies like Full Frontal, Little Black Book, The Ten, and Brief Interviews with Hideous Men. In I Love You, Man she plays Paul Rudd's fiancé Zooey and provides such a wonderful dynamic playing off of both Rudd and Jason Segel.
What, in particular, interested you in this script?
Rashida Jones: You know, there's a lot of things, but the main things were: 1) It was hilarious, and it's- - I find it difficult to read a comedy script and know what it's gonna be. But then 2) Jason [Segel] and Paul [Rudd] were attached, which I knew immediately that it was gonna be even funnier than I would think. And then also, I feel like it's really hard to tell an original story in a comedy, and John Hamburg has really managed to do that and also make it feel organic, like it doesn't feel like a new broad concept it really feels like people you know. And that came through in the script.
And then the most important thing was the way women were represented was — not that I'm some, you know, pioneer, but it's really hard to find a good part for a girl. It's really hard to not be wallpaper. And this character was really important to the plot, and dynamic and interesting and independent and outspoken, and has a point of view and a real relationship with her girlfriend and a real relationship with her fiancé. And that was just really appealing to me.
I think it's a testament to you abilities that you made your character stand out so much. In addition to Paul and Jason, I'm glad you had that role. You really added that dynamic to it.
Jones: Thank you. That's really nice of you. Thank you for saying that. I mean I, again, like I got — it's almost like a cheat, because everybody around me was so great, but it felt good to be able to — because I think, especially as an actress, you get parts and you're like okay, well this is, you know, point one percent of what I can do but I'm gonna do it and hopefully I'll do it well and I'll bring something to it. It was really nice to be able to have so much to work with at the beginning.
A lot of people have been referring to it as a Judd Apatow comedy, but without Judd Apatow's involvement. I think that's a good thing. Even though it doesn't have his name attached to it, it's a good thing to have his name be thrown around with it. Why do you think this has that Judd Apatow feel to it?
Jones: Well I mean first of all, how great to be compared to Judd Apatow movies. His movies are amazing and they do really well, people really like them. So that's — I'll take that for sure. But then also, there is– it's like the six degrees of Judd, like, Paul and Jason are obviously in a bunch of his films. They're like part of the players. And I've worked with Judd before a little bit and there's definitely — people are right to compare the movie.
But there's something about that community that I find really satisfying. Like there's a comedy to community and the same people, you know, it's like having… The Princeton players were like — the same people played parts over and over again. And you like the people and you trust that they're gonna make things funny and so you keep going back to watch them, you know. That's old school to me. I like that.
Would you say that the comedy or dialogue in this is a lot more realistic than other comedies we've seen?
Jones: Yeah, I do. I mean, I think John Hamburg really let us, once we got the script and we got the takes that were scripted, he kind of let us go off a little bit, and so I think the nature of the improvisational part of the movie makes you feel a little bit like you're hanging out with these people, you know. It feels like how you — hopefully it feels like how you would talk to your friends.
Do you have an improv or a stand up background yourself?
Jones: I don't. I have — I'm a comedy aficionado. I'm like a huge comedy geek. I follow stand up, love stand up, and sketch comedy, and have for like my entire life. I went to class, to Groundlings, once in my early 20s. I did not do very well. They did not pass me.
Jones: I know. And look at me now. No. But, you know, just doing it is really, it's sort of like there's… I get to improv with like the best improvisers in comedy. So I'm learning a lot. I'm learning a lot.
Who's your favorite stand up comic right now?
Jones: I'm a huge Louis C.K. fan. He drives me crazy, he's so funny. Dave Attell is — will always have my heart. I don't know. I just like him for some reason. He just kills me. I'm trying to think of who else I like right now. I think Patton Oswalt's hilarious. He's so great. I don't know. And then, you know, those are — like Louis and Dave Attell, I will watch any comedy special. I will see them when they're in town. Like those are like the two that just kill me.
With I Love You Man, did you let your character develop further on set, as in once you get into that relationship level with Paul, is that something that you did a lot with improv?
Jones: Yeah, well we also rehearsed with the director and we talked about what we wanted it to be like and what we didn't want it to be like. Because there was definitely a tendency, with my character, to be a little too naggy, you know, like you didn't want her to be controlling and you didn't want him to be too lame, too sensitive, too feminine. And so we really — we tried to like add this element where you could tell that they're physically attracted to each other, like it's — at the heart of it, you know, there's like a hot, sexy male female relationship, and then the other stuff, like the kind of sensitive, Sunday night movie, you know, HBO watching stuff, goes on top of that. So you don't feel like you're like "oh these saps, what are they doing, who cares."
How do you find the balance between actual comedy and the romantic elements in it, especially something like this, where the romance between you and Paul is there, but not necessarily the most important part of the story.
Jones: Right. Interesting. You know, I think, again, like this is gonna sound really bad, but you just have to focus on the reality of it I guess, you know, and make it as real as possible. So if we can make the romantic element feel real, things will only be funnier. Like when he messes up or when he brings — when he goes out with these new guys or when he finds his real friend and it feels like a threat to the romance, it will only be funnier if you can believe the romance from the beginning.
So you've had a very good mixture of TV and film projects over your career. Is there one you prefer working on more than another? Is it just what comes at you?
Jones: You know, it's always nice as an actor to have a TV job because we don't get regular jobs very often. And it's nice to get your coffee and go to work every day and work with the same people for years. But it's so rare these days to be in a TV show that stays on the air for a long time. So like really "The Office" or like "Boston Public" were the closest I got to that. It's nice to settle into something, because there's so much unpredictability in acting. But at the same time, like to have that kind of intensive time to really work on characters like we did in I Love You Man is so great too. I mean, we got to do take after take after take after take, really figure out what works best. And with TV you don't generally have as much time to do that. There's always a clock ticking.
Is there something you look for, particularly, in the scripts or in the work you do in regards to stories or characters, or anything in particular you seek out?
Jones: Yeah, with comedy it's so hard to tell, because making somebody laugh is such a subjective experience. But I definitely look for a seed of something genuine. Like if — I've been so fortunate, because the writers and directors that I've worked with, they're obsessed with having their characters feel real on some level. Like the guys at "The Office", who are now doing "Parks and Recreation", a new show I'm doing, they'll sacrifice story over character any day, like they just want their characters to feel real and they want the things that they do to be motivated. And that's, to me, like the logic of that is an absolutely necessary thing, for somebody to watch a movie and really be with you and to be able to make them laugh they have to be with you, you know. God that sounded so ridiculous, like…
I think it's a good point. Without naturally thinking about it, when you go in to see a movie, that really is what makes it work so well.
Jones: Yeah, and like the reason you like Jason's character so much in this movie is not because he's super honest and disgusted with women, you like it because you believe that that guy could exist.
Can you speak more about "Parks and Recreation"?
Jones: Yeah, it's about — kind of about local government and all the bureaucracy and red tape that you are confronted by when you're trying to get a project done on a local level, and the characters that come out of that world. I play Ann. I'm a nurse and I have this construction pit in back of my house and it's — my boyfriend has fallen in and broken both his legs, and I've been trying to get somebody to help me to fix it or whatever.
And I meet Amy Pohler's character, Leslie, and she — we both have different agendas. I just want the damn thing fixed and she has a political agenda. But she decides that she also likes me and kind of wants to be my friend, and so we — she vows to help me fix this pit and build a park in its place, which is a huge promise for anybody who actually has to get that done. It takes years and years and years, but she promises to do that. And I believe her and trust her and am excited by that, and I — and we go off and try to do this thing together.
Is this like a single series or something that would be ongoing?
Jones: I hope it'll be ongoing. We're airing six episode starting on April 9th and then we'll see what happens, yeah.
Are there any other projects you have in the works coming up?
Jones: That's about it for now.
Jones: I'm sorry, is it not enough for you?
Well no, I loved seeing you in I Love You Man and I hope to see you more.
Jones: Oh, you're so sweet. Well I hope I can give you more. I gotta get myself some jobs. I vow to you, Alex, I will work for you.
In the next year I gotta see you on the big screen one more time!
Jones: Absolutely. I'll make sure that happens some how, some way.
If possible, can you name some of your favorite films of all time?
Jones: Oh my God, huge question. Broadcast News. Hold on. Waiting for Guffman…. Airplane. Oh the best, it's the best. It's still — it's the best. Being There. The Graduate. Classic. This is so — I literally feel like I'm on "Quiz Show" right now. I'm like sweating. Oh, why don't I know these things about myself? What do I buy? What do I have in my collection? What is — because I don't buy that many DVDs. I'll only buy the DVDs that like I know I'll want to watch over and over and over again. Goodfellas. So good. Is that enough? I feel like that's enough.
That is definitely enough.
Jones: Glad we got through that.
Well thanks for answering and I'm glad to be able to talk with you.
Jones: Great to talk to you too. Have a great day and I'm sure we'll talk soon.
Thank you to Rashida Jones for this great interview and Tamar at Paramount for setting this up! If everyone I talked to was half as nice and half as charming as Rashida Jones, the world would be such a better place. I hope I get to see her on the big screen again soon!
Interview: Alex Billington
Rashida's done lots of interviews lately... These three are pretty good.
Capone from Ain't It Cool News did this one during the SXSW Fest. Topics include her character Zooey, some of her other credits, Parks and Recreation and getting cut out of 3 movies this year :(
I ♥ that she basically stalked the State guys until they put her in their stuff
Capone's intimate moments in Rashida Jones' hotel room…talking about I LOVE YOU, MAN!!!
Hey all. Capone in Austin, Texas here, with a very simple question: Is there anyone more adorable than Rashida Jones?
Like many of you, I first remember seeing Rashida in the very unlikable role of the female bully Karen Scarfolli on "Freaks and Geeks," followed soon by an extended stay as a young teacher on "Boston Public." As the child of Quincy Jones and the lovely Peggy Lipton, Jones grew up around music and famous people, but she's managed to carve out a nice place for herself in the world of comedy lately, hooking up on different projects with former members of "The State" (such as "Stella" and THE TEN). She won and broke our hearts for a season on "The Office" as another (much nicer) woman named Karen, playing Jim's love interest and bane of Pam's existence. She recently appeared on the show again, reprising the Karen role, this time pregnant and hooked up with a nice guy. It was a nice postscript to the Karen storyline. And if you haven't caught Rashida and Natalie Portman's exceedingly serious short films on FunnyOrDie.com, well, you should. It's basically an exercise in which one is cuter.
Jones gets her first true starring showcase in the big-budget world opposite Paul Rudd in I LOVE YOU, MAN, as his over-indulgent and supporting fiancee Zooey. In addition, Jones is set to co-star alongside Amy Poehler in the new NBC comedy "Parks and Recreation," from the creators of "The Office," set to premiere on April 9. Jones could not have been any more charming and funny, despite the fact that we were alone in her hotel room for this interview…allow me to repeat that--I was in Rashida Jones' hotel room…with her…just the two of us…allow me to just bask in that for a moment, while you enjoy our chat, which actually began with her wondering the origins of my real name.
Rashida Jones: Is that Greek?
Capone: It's Czech, actually. What's the origin of Rashida?
RJ: Rashida is Arabic.
Capone: Does it mean anything?
RJ: Yeah, it does unfortunately. It means "rightly guided on the true path."
Capone: Wow, that's a lot to live up to.
RJ: Yeah. [laughs] Thanks, guys! There was a song in the '70s by John Lucien, and my parents liked it, so they named me after it.
Capone: The character you play is perfectly positioned between her two best friends--you've got Jaime playing a bitterly married woman and the other who is desperately single. Is that a fair assessment of Zooey?
RJ: You probably have way more perspective on this than I do, because you've seen it three time, so you could teach a class on I LOVE YOU, MAN. There is something that is perfectly imperfect about her. In my opinion, it's a step in the right direction, because generally when the girlfriend is perfect, she's wallpaper. She's just nonexistent. So Zooey seems perfectly modern, or a modern version of that--she's supportive, she's independent, she's outspoken, she's stable and balanced, which I think is a good thing to evoke. And hopefully, people don't see it as, "Oh well. It doesn't make sense; nobody's that perfect. Nobody's that unconditionally supportive of their boyfriend or husband." But I think that women are.
Capone: "Unconditionally supportive" is exactly how I'd describe it.
RJ: Well, you're like, "Really? Still with this guy? Are you okay?"
Capone: But when you break, it's pretty bad and for very good reasons.
RJ: Oh, I break. The way I would describe it if I was being super-psychoanalytical is that [writer-director] John [Hamburg] wrote her without a family really. And I have friends like that whose friends are their family, and it's so meaningful to them that their friends work on a very healthy level for them to be able to survive. They become the anchor in this "health boat."
Capone: The women in this film are treated very well in a movie that is supposed to be about guys. Those two or three conversations that the women have as a group are really insightful and funny. They're the hidden gems in the film. It might even take people a couple of watches to notice that.
RJ: I agree, because it took me a couple watches. That was the last thing I said to John Hamburg last night: "You really like women, and it shows." There are directors who don't, and they just shrink it and shrink it and shrink it, but he really wants women to be represented fairly and well, and it's so rare to see that. And all that stuff where we're talking dirty and dishing on each others' lives, you don't get to see that in a way that's empowering. Usually it's like, "Oh my God, he didn't call me! Let's go buy shoes!" And it's not in this case. It's what bonds them and separates them.
Capone: Even some of Paul's strongest scenes are with you, especially the one in the car after the engagement dinner, where you two have that really frank and uncomfortable talk about your sex life.
RJ: Yeah, it's really intimate. I don't think I want to see a couple have this conversation. I'm guessing you left during that part each of the three times you've seen it.
Capone: Or I at least plug my ears. So what are your true feelings about Rush at this point?
RJ: Honestly and truly, I really like them. I didn't know who they were before I did the movie. It's cool because I grew up listening to jazz and rhythmically complicated music, and their stuff is complicated, so it makes it fun to listen to. So when you listen to one song for 12 hours in a row, you're not too bored. It's hard not to be bored with a song after 12 hours, but if had to pick one, it would be a Rush song for me. It was still interesting to listen to.
Capone: Did you actually get to meet them?
RJ: Yes! They were so nice. And Geddy Lee is a big "Office" fan, so he was asking me for autographs, which was pretty funny. They were very, very nice and cool.
Capone: Do you have a favorite funny scene from the film, and a favorite tender scene?
RJ: I'm really partial to the "Slappin' the bass" scene [with Paul Rudd]. It was pretty fun. But it was really close to the beginning of the shoot when we shot that, and for me, I was so nervous and everybody wanted to be good and have everything make sense. And that scene happened, and we just kind of let loose a little bit, and this new thing happened that I don't think either of us were prepared for, but it was really fun and is really funny, and Paul is so funny in that scene. And I love the "Fuckin' let's do it!" and then the iTunes speakers kick in, and you're like, "What?" [Paul's character attempts to turn Zooey on to Rush by playing her a song through wimpy laptop speakers.] I love that.
As far as the tender scene, actually seeing it last night reminded me that it was my favorite, I love the scene where Paul and Jason go on their first date for fish tacos. There's something so organic and sincere about it and sweet and really funny. But I love their first-date montage, their getting-to-know-each-other montage. In the case of them singing "Tom Sawyer." It's so cute to me; it's like I'm watching two people fall in love.
Capone: That "Slappin' the bass" scene reminds me of the stories you hear about how Judd Apatow records dozens of different version of the same scene or reaction and then just picks one. Only every one of Paul's takes was funny, so John used them all.
Capone: In the script, was the line just there once?
RJ: I don't even remember. How about that, I don't even remember. It was in the script, but Paul just made it so ridiculous. "Slaaaapin' Dee Baaaas!" And also that was a good scene for me, because I wouldn't consider myself an improv champion, but when I said that thing about him sounding like a leprechaun, unbeknownst to me not only did John use it, but he used it throughout the film, which is so cool. I love that it became a running joke in the movie. It didn't even occur to me until my second viewing that other people were saying it in the movie. Weird.
Capone: Did you get to do much improvising?
RJ: Yeah. I noticed last night, John picked the takes where we went a little bit off book. I originally did it right every time, because I still feel like that's my job as an actor--just say my lines and say them right. And then when we got a little looser toward the end, those were the takes he ended up using. It felt like he wanted us to speak like normal people speak, and that's educating for me because every director is different and every writer is different, but generally I don't want to go off book because I do have respect for the writer. And I have so much respect for John, but he wanted to make a film about people who felt like people that you know and your friends. So it was okay in that sense.
Capone: Does Zooey have flaws?
RJ: I think she probably, like me, and this is going to sound really lame, but she probably has some boundary problems. She tells her girlfriends way too much. She is super-patient with her fiancee, and luckily it's him. If it were anybody else, she'd be co-dependent.
Capone: I'm guessing that working with Paul was a particularly painful experience.
RJ: It was awful. Could you tell?
Capone: And I heard that Andy Samberg was kind of dicky too.
RJ: Everybody…the tension was so thick. Those assholes! I couldn't wait to be done. No, it was ridiculous. I've said this before, so don't fault me for syndicating this, but I had such a good time that there were a couple days that I had off, and I had to figure out "What am I going to do today? I'm going to go visit the set." I just wanted hang out and be with those guys some more. It was really fun.
Capone: This just occurred to me, but I got an early copy of the ROLE MODELS DVD a couple weeks back, and in watching the deleted scenes, I came to realize you were in that movie and got cut out. If it's not too painful, what happened there?
RJ: In a chipmunk costume. No, it's fine. David Wain, who directed that movie, is a good friend of mine, and Paul and I have been friends for 10 years, so he asked me to do a day on the movie, and I still give him shit about the fact that he cut me out.
Capone: How did you get mixed up with those guys from "The State"?
RJ: You know what, I was a fan. I'm a crazy comedy geek, and my agent had gone to school with Michael Showalter, and I'd seen the "Stella" videos and seen WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER maybe more than anybody who had seen that movie. I love that kind of thing and thought that was the best movie ever made. In some respects, there has never been a movie like that, that parody of camp comedies. The absurdity of that movie, I think David Wain is a genius, all those guys are geniuses. They are sort of the modern Three Stooges. And I was a fan; I went to a "Stella" show and became friends with Michael and he introduced me to David, and I just clung on for life.
Capone: I saw the short you did with David, where he transforms himself into you.
RJ: Yeah, "Wainy Days." You know, he wasn't even there for that entire filming process, because he was filming ROLE MODELS. So they filmed his stuff in L.A. It was made in October-November of last year, and I want to do another one, but we can't get our timing down because David is so busy and I've been in L.A.
Capone: I'm so excited to see "Parks and Recreation." Tell me something about it. Who do you play?
RJ: I play Ann, she's a nurse, and my way into that world is I live in front of this enormous construction pit that's been there for a year because it was abandoned because somebody lost the money after starting to build and they abandoned it, so the city owns it. And they haven't done anything with it, and my boyfriend falls in an breaks both his legs. And I go to get somebody to fix it, and nobody listens to me. Then I meet Amy Poehler's character, Leslie, and she vows to fix it and make it into a park, and I'm blown away because I've been trying to garner any support and I can't. Then suddenly this woman who I can't quite read--I feel like she's got good intentions but she's kind of a dork. But we like each other and we come together to solve this problem and in the process, we become friends. It's kind of like a female buddy comedy.
Capone: In the commercials, Amy is addressing the camera, which led me to believe it's another documentary set up like "The Office."
RJ: Oh it absolutely is, but it's almost two. This is really heady and omniscient, but there are two camera crews coming together. I have a crew that follows me as I say, "Oh, this is my problem." And Amy has a crew that follows her in her world of government, and we come together. The point of view is a little bit different, because I don't know what the documentarian is making it for, unlike "The Office." You know it's one crew, and they're clearly in the office everyday, whereas on our show there's a lot more going on in the rest of the world with my house and the pit and the hospital and town hall and elementary school.
Capone: "The Office" could almost be looked at as someone shooting a reality show, but everyone I know who has seen it was [??? Ed.]
RJ: This one absolutely feels like a documentary. I just saw the pilot, and it feels like…there's something very true about it, which I was so surprised about. There's something that's not broad in a way, and then there's also the broad, funny performances. But it feels more like a drama, or it's filmed like a drama. If people like "The Office," they're going to like it; it comes from the same womb--that so gross--but it is the same creators of the American version. But hopefully it will distinguish itself enough that you won't get sick of the format.
Capone: We were talking about some of your short film work earlier, and I love the two FunnyOrDie shorts you made with Natalie Portman.
RJ: [laughs] I didn't have a job this summer. We wanted to do something together that was related to the election, but we kept seeing these really cheesy, earnest videos of actors in black-and-white being "You have the right to choose, and I'm famous and I'm telling you I'm awesome and you should vote." So we wanted to do something that was that but not that. So we decided we would just play with baby animals! How wrong could you go with that? It's kind of unfair because that was kind of our way to convince you that what we had to say was right and best, and it's unfair because they're so cute, those puppies.
Capone: I'm partial to the kitties myself.
RJ: Are you? I highly allergic to cats, so when we were filming kitties, they literally had to make stuff happen between my sneezing.
Capone: I read some really good things out of Sundance about BRIEF INTERVIEWS WITH HIDEOUS MEN [directed by Jones' "Office" co-star John Krasinski]. I don't know how big your role is.
RJ: I'm not really in it. I got cut out of three movies last year--ROLE MODELS, BRIEF INTERVIEWS, and I was in that Renee Zellweger movie NEW IN TOWN.
RJ: Oh yeah. I was her best friend in Miami.
Capone: It was haunting me that she didn't seem to have any friends in Miami, only coworkers.
RJ: I was one of the last friends. It's kind of great, though, because I would be cut out of eight movies in a year just so I could do something like I LOVE YOU, MAN.
Capone: It all paid off. I know a lot of people remember you from the episode of "Freaks and Geeks" you did, but I also was a big fan of "Boston Public."
Capone: One more thing related to short films, how did you get involved in the Foo Fighters video?
RJ: My friend Jesse Peretz directed the video--he's actually how I know Paul. Paul and Jesse have been friends for years. He was directing--he did the Mentos one for them and the "Learn To Fly" video.
Capone: The one with Tenacious D in it?
RJ: Yeah, that one. And I ran into Dave [Grohl] a little bit, and they asked if I wanted to be in a video. And I'm like, "Are you kidding me? In a '70s soap opera video? Absolutely."
Capone: Well, thank you so much for talking to us. You make us all wish for an unconditionally supportive girlfriend like Zooey.
RJ: Aw, thanks. [laughs]
Vogue got Rashida talking about her style and favorite designers, stores and shoes.
IT GIRL: RASHIDA JONES
We always love a girl with style and substance—but a wicked, accessible sense of humor never hurts, either. So, if you are looking for a girl like that, you must see Rashida Jones in I Love You, Man (opposite Paul Rudd and Jason Segel) this weekend. The daughter of music producer Quincy Jones and actress Peggy Lipton, Jones is no stranger to the warm rays of the spotlight, but she has become a bona fide breakout star with roles in The Office and its upcoming spin-off, Parks and Recreation, with Amy Poehler.
We can’t help noticing that Jones puts together outfits well; she loves Isabel Marant, A.P.C., Prada, Marni, and Phillip Lim for the wearability factor. “I work with my friend Samira Nasr—she’s an incredible stylist—to come up with fresh but elegant looks that don’t look like what everyone else is wearing,” Jones said.
Last week at the L.A. premiere of I Love You, Man, she sported an Alaïa dress, Fred Leighton jewelry, a Prada bag, and Manolo shoes. “In a perfect world, I would dress like a Japanese girl who lives in Paris—my style’s usually some variation on preppy classics like oxford shirts, cardigans, jeans, ballet flats, in basic colors with some hints of girly but architectural pieces.” Jones says she likes to build her closet with pieces that she can wear over and over again in creative combinations. You’ll also find her at smaller boutiques (“It’s good to support them during this time”) like Curve, Steven Alan, Creatures of Comfort, and Stacey Todd in L.A., and Mich Margo or Castor and Pollux in New York. And for shoes? “Christian Louboutin, Givenchy, Chloé, and Repetto are the best for me. They must be perfect, or else I won’t buy them.” What’s perfect? we had to know. “Perfect meaning comfortable and gorgeous,” she replied. Good thinking!
Info & images via Vogue.com
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Here's a bigger and better version of the Best Life article we posted last month.
Image via Coverleaf
(bonus pic from the online article)
Check out Rashida Jones Web Gallery: Photo Shoot #26 for 28 pics from this set
Article via Best Life Online
Giant has posted their Rashida article and accompanying 'natural beauty' photo online. I ♥ the freckles! This was first published in their March 2009 issue.
RASHIDA JONES: BEAUTIFUL MIND
GIANT talks to I Love You, Man starlet Rashida Jones here.
“I’ve always been a big comedy geek,” declares 32-year-old actress Rashida Jones. “Humor is so subjective, and if you can make an entire group of people laugh, that’s a godly accomplishment.” The task poses little problem for Jones, who is, quite obviously, divine. Throughout her 13-year career, she has quietly owned each of her roles. From Karen Scarfolli on Judd Apatow’s Freaks & Geeks to her run as Louisa Fenn on Boston Public to her “dream job” as Karen Filippelli on The Office, Jones has made a keen impression on small screens.
This March she hits the box office as Zooey in writer/director John Hamburg’s bromantic comedy, I Love You, Man. In the film Zooey is engaged to Peter (Paul Rudd), who is looking for a best man. High jinks, hilarity and wildly awkward male bonding ensue. “[It's] the male version of women’s lib,” Jones says about the evolution of bro-on-bro love. “Women can be nurturers, and they can let themselves be nurtured. They can be independent, and they can be a part of a relationship….Guys didn’t have that cultural phenomenon, so they’re constantly looking for their role.” Heady stuff for a flick with a Lou Ferrigno cameo.
Although female characters in dude-centric flicks have been criticized for being flat, Zooey is anything but. “I think there’s still a deep sexism in this country,” says Jones. “But more and more there’s an acceptance that women and all of their complexities are interesting to write about.”Jones, the youngest daughter of music legend Quincy Jones and Mod Squad bombshell Peggy Lipton, certainly has her nuances as well. A far cry from typical tabloid-soiling celeb spawn, she graduated from Harvard with a bachelor’s degree in comparative religion. Jones is also a gifted vocalist, a published writer and has twice been named one of People magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People.”
The total package hasn’t gone unnoticed. Based on I Love You, Man test screenings, Hamburg describes an overwhelmingly positive reaction to Jones’s character. On response cards, many viewers even scrawled, “I wish she was my girlfriend.” “When I read those, I give the audience member her phone number,” deadpans Hamburg, “which I’m sure she’d be cool with.”
Thankfully, the actress can soon be seen weekly when she joins Saturday Night Live alum Amy Poehler for NBC’s Parks & Recreation, a highly anticipated sitcom that will only leave us pining for more.Issue: March 2009
Interview: Steven Psyllos
Info & image via Giant Online
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
The premiere of I Love You, Man was held at Mann's Village Theater in Westwood last night. Rashida went with her beautiful Mom, actress and '60s "pop culture icon" Peggy Lipton.
Tanya Haden & Jack Black
Paul Rudd, Jaime Pressly & Jason Segel
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