Rashida Jones was born February 25, 1976 in Los Angeles, CA to media mogul, producer, and musician, Quincy Jones, and actress, Peggy Lipton. She grew up a self-proclaimed nerd, who would read a lot and was fascinated with computers; "I had a computer with floppy disks and a dial-up modem before it was cool." She also was a talented musician, which was fostered by her father
She attended The Buckley School where she did very well and was schoolmates with Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian. At 14, her parents divorced and she moved to Brentwood with her mother.
In 1994 she received much attention from her letter response to a comment made by Tupac Shakur about her parents' interracial marriage. This hostility didn't last long and she became friends with the rapper who was engaged to Jones' sister before he was killed. After high school, Jones left the west coast to attend Harvard University.
At Harvard she studied religion and philosophy, but focused much of her attention towards theater and performance, getting involved with many different performance organizations in many different roles.
After graduating from Harvard, she made her acting debut in the mini-series The Last Don (1997), based on the novel by Mario Puzo. In the next couple years after that, she appeared in Myth America (1998), East of A (2000), If These Walls Could Talk 2 (2000), and an episode of the TV show, Freaks and Geeks, in 2000. Around this time, she ended her three-and-a-half year relationship with Tobey Maguire. Her next big opportunity came with the part of Louisa Fenn on the series, Boston Public, which she worked on from 2000-2002.
From there, she continued to move forward, playing a small role in Steven Soderbergh's Full Frontal (2002) and starring in Jeff Anderson's film, Now You Know (2002). She followed that up with roles in Death of a Dynasty (2003) and Little Black Book (2004), as well as starring in two episodes of Chappelle's Show in 2003 and 2004. In 2003, she became engaged to music producer, Mark Ronson. Their relationship ended about one year later.
Jones continued her work in television, starring in the series NY-LON for seven episodes in 2004, as well as thirteen episodes in 2005 for the series Wanted. At this point, Jones considered leaving acting and continuing with her education with a graduate degree in public policy. However, before making that decision, she was cast for the third season for the TV series, The Office. She appeared regularly during season three as Karen Filippelli and returned to guest star for two episodes in season four, and then one episode in season five. Prior to starring on the show, she dated Office co-star John Krasinski.
She also played Karen in an episode of Saturday Night Live as part of an Office parody alongside co-star Rainn Wilson in February 2007. In January 2009, she provided the voice for several characters in the Adult Swim show, Robot Chicken. In the same year, she appeared in Office co-star John Krasinski's independent film, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, which screened during the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.
Also in 2009, she played the role of Zooey Rice in I Love You Man alongside Paul Rudd and Jason Segel. She then landed the role of Ann Perkins in the TV series, Parks and Recreation. She has continued with the show since it's debut, and has appeared in other movies, including Monogamy (2010), The Social Network (2010), and Our Idiot Brother (2011), among others.
She has also pursued other interests in entertainment aside from acting. She created the comic book series, Frenemy of the State, which she sold the screen rights to and will co-write the screenplay for with longtime friend, Will McCormack. She also co-wrote the script for Celeste and Jesse Forever (2009) with the help of McCormack once again. "Celeste really has to run the gamut of emotion in this movie, and to be honest, I wasn't totally sure I could do it when I started. But I did feel like it was in there somewhere. I've done a lot of comedy, but I was doing mainly drama until I was 28 or 29. "
She has also expanded on her musical talents, providing backing vocals for Maroon 5 on certain tracks on their albums Songs About Jane and It Won't Be Soon Before Long. She was also a guest vocalist for The Rose that Grew from Concrete, a Tupac Shakur tribute album. She has also tried out modeling, appearing in print campaigns for Triple 5 Soul and TV advertisements for The Gap, among other opportunities. She was chosen as one of People magazine's "Most Beautiful People in the World" in 2002, 2007, and 2009.