Rashida Leah Jones is an American actress, comic book author, producer, singer, and screenwriter. She is widely known for playing Ann Perkins on NBC’s comedy Parks and Recreation, for which she received acclaim.
Read on to learn more jaw-dropping facts about Jones:
1. Jones was born on February 25, 1976, and she grew up in the Los Angeles’ Bel Air neighborhood.
2. She attended the Buckley School in Sherman Oaks, California, where she was involved in theater.
3. Jones attended the same school as socialites Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie, and Kim Kardashian.
4. The daughter of composer Quincy Jones and actress Peggy Lipton.
5. Her parents divorced when she was 14 years old; her sister subsequently remained with their father, while Rashida moved with their mother to Brentwood.
6. Graduated from Harvard University in 1997.
7. Appeared as a vocalist in a tribute song to Tupac Shakur, who was engaged to her sister, Kidada Jones.
8. In her second year at college, Jones performed in For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Enuf, which she said was “healing” because she had been seen by many blacks as not being “black enough.”
9. Made her professional acting debut in The Last Don, a 1997 miniseries based on the novel by Mario Puzo.
10. In 2000, she guest starred as Karen Scarfolli on Freaks and Geeks before landing the role of Louisa Fenn on Boston Public. Between 2000 and 2002, she appeared in 26 episodes, earning an NAACP Image Award nomination in her final year.
11. Voiced several characters in an episode of the Adult Swim show Robot Chicken
12. Jones created Frenemy of the State, a comic book series about a socialite who is recruited by the CIA. The comics are published by Oni Press and co-written with husband-and-wife writing team Nunzio DeFilippis and Christina Weir.
13.As a singer, Jones has provided backing vocals for the band Maroon 5.
14. Jones was selected by Dove in 2011 as its spokeswoman for its Dove Nourishing Oil Care Collection.
15. She began starring in a series of commercials for Verizon FiOS.