Rashida Jones is the daughter of actress Peggy Lipton (who died in 2019) and musician/document producer Quincy Jones. She grew up within the leisure business, which she feels largely formed her profession.
How Rashida Jones’ dad and mom influenced her life and profession
In an interview with Interview Magazine in 2012, Jones stated she didn’t know if she’d be an actor if her dad and mom weren’t within the business.
“I have friends who have no choice; they came from whatever town, they didn’t have anybody in entertainment and they just knew they wanted to act and they did it. I’m kind of OK at a lot of different things,” stated Jones.
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She continued: “I guess having that early influence of being creative was really helpful, but my mom wasn’t a working actress until I was in high school, she quit to raise us. It wasn’t like I grew up around a lot of actors—I grew up around music people mainly, and my dad had friends [in the film industry] because he was scoring and producing films.”
But in relation to nature versus nurture, Jones in the end believes “a lot in nature.”
“I think people kind of come in who they are, and it sort of doesn’t even matter who their parents are—it can affect you a little bit, and you can be guided and shaped,” she stated.
The ‘Twin Peaks’ character who ‘terrified’ Rashida Jones
When Jones’ mom went again to work after taking a break to lift her youngsters, she performed Norma Jennings in Twin Peaks. Jones was 15 on the time. She’d go to set “a lot,” and although she was an enormous fan of the collection, there was one particular person there who “terrified” her.
“I was totally obsessed with the show and, in fact, I was terrified of Bob. Until I was 17, I would check under my bed every night, which is deranged for a teenager,” she admitted.
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Thankfully, Jones overcame her worry of Bob by assembly the actor who performed him, Frank Silva.
“I finally got up the nerve to introduce myself to him on set, because I was like, I have to get over this, and he was so nice. Thank God, because I didn’t want to go to college with that,” she laughed.
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