Rashida Leah Jones (born February 25, 1976) is an American actress, model, and musician, best-known for her portrayal of Louisa Fenn on Boston Public, Karen Filippelli on The Office and Kate Frankola on Unhitched.
In his autobiography, Jones' father recalled how he would often find his five-year-old daughter under the covers after bedtime with a flashlight reading five books at a time. Around the same age, Jones was already playing classical concerts and winning awards. Her mother told Entertainment Tonight that Jones is "also a fabulous singer and songwriter, so she has inherited it (from Quincy), there's no question about it. Her dad's teaching her how to orchestrate and arrange too.
When Jones was 14 years old, her parents divorced, and she subsequently lived with her mother before beginning college at Harvard University. She garnered attention with an open letter in response to scathing remarks made by Tupac Shakur about her parents' interracial marriage. She later befriended Shakur, who was engaged to her sister Kidada Jones before he was killed. While attending Harvard, Jones initially was interested in becoming a lawyer, but lost interest as a result of the O.J. Simpson murder case. Instead, she became involved in theater. She studied religion and philosophy at Harvard and graduated in 1997.
Though raised Jewish, Jones began practicing Hinduism in her early teens after her mother took her to an Ashram in India. Today, however, she practices Judaism and told a reporter, "In this day and age, you can choose how you practice and what is your relationship with God. I feel pretty strongly about my connection, definitely through the Jewish traditions and the things that I learned dating the guy that I dated. My boyfriends tend to be Jewish and also be practicing."
In September 2006, Jones played the role of Karen Filippelli in The Office when it began its third season. By the beginning of the fourth season of the show she was no longer a member of the main cast, although she reprised the role in one episode in season four and is scheduled to appear in the fifth season. In 2008, Jones was cast in the short-lived, Farrelly brothers-produced comedy series, Unhitched.
Jones' written work has appeared in Teen Vogue.She also wrote chapter 36 of her father's biography Q: The Autobiography Of Quincy Jones. She has also co-composed the score for Hasty Pudding Theatricals while at Harvard in 1997.
Jones has modeled for major clothing labels including Triple 5 Soul and The Gap. She has also appeared in editorials for magazines such as In Style and O Magazine.In 2002, Jones was chosen as one of People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People," which she also received in 2007, as well as one of Harper's Bazaar's "Best Dressed Women In America."
|2000||East of A||Emily|
|Now You Know||Kerri|
|2003||Death of a Dynasty||Layna Hudson|
|2004||Little Black Book||Dr. Rachel Keyes|
|2004||The Ten||Hostess Rebecca Fornier|
|2008||Brief Interviews with Hideous Men||Hannah|
|2009||I Love You, Man||Shandi Dawson|
|Chilled in Miami||Natalie|
|1997||The Last Don||Johanna||Miniseries|
|2000||If These Walls Could Talk 2||Feminist||Television movie, segment: "1972"|
|Freaks and Geeks||Karen Scarfolli||1 episode|
|2000-2002||Boston Public||Louisa Fenn||26 episodes|
|2003-2004||Chappelle's Show||Pam||2 episodes|
|2004||Strip Search||Television movie, scenes deleted|
|NY-LON||Edie Miller||7 episodes|
|Wanted||Detective Carla Merced||Television movie|
|Wanted||Detective Carla Merced||13 episodes|
|2006||Untitled Paul Reiser Project||Angela|
|Our Thirties||Liz||Television movie|
|2006-2007||The Office||Karen Filippelli||24 episodes|
|2007||Wainy Days||Wainette Davids||1 episode|
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