The Reason Rashida Jones Has Considered Quitting Acting

by Jeremy Spirogis
Rashida Jones attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards

Rashida Jones does all of it (actor, director, author, producer) and has been in all of it. Or so it feels. Over the years she’s starred in such exhibits as The Office, Parks and Recreation, and BlackAF. Movies she’s been in embody I Love You, Man, The Social Network, Our Idiot Brother, Celeste and Jesse Forever (which she co-wrote), and Tag.

Rashida Jones attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards
Rashida Jones | Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for The Recording Academy

Rashida Jones on rising up with Peggy Lipton and Quincy Jones as dad and mom

Jones’ life has been rooted within the leisure trade since she was a younger lady, significantly as a result of she’s the daughter of two well-known dad and mom, actor Peggy Lipton and musician/document producer Quincy Jones. In an interview she did with Interview Magazine again in 2012, Jones spoke concerning the impact her dad and mom had on her life.

“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,” she mused.

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Jones was surrounded by artistic folks from the start, however she additionally feels she’d be who she is irrespective of who her dad and mom had been.

“I’m kind of okay at a lot of different things; 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,” she stated.

Jones continued: “I have a nature-nurture thing I’m constantly going back to. I believe 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.”

Why Rashida Jones has questioned her profession

But that doesn’t imply Jones has ever second-guessed her path in life. She attended Harvard University and has generally puzzled if she needs to be utilizing her schooling for one thing totally different.

She says her diploma from Harvard causes folks within the trade to deal with her as somebody apart from a “run-of-the-mill actress.”

“I think there is this thing where people are impressed—it gives you a leg up in the sense that people won’t treat you like a run-of-the-mill actress. They’ll assign ‘smart’ to your word bank, your adjective bank,” she stated.

Additionally, Jones says her diploma makes her wish to “aspire for more.”

“You think, ‘Oh my God, my parents spent all this money, I spent all this time writing a thesis and taking these classes, and I’m putting on makeup and learning lines to go try to get jobs,’” she shared.

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Jones has even thought of altering her path fully.

“There’ve been times when I have existential conversations with myself, and I’ve thought about leaving and trying to apply my education better,” she stated.

But on the finish of the day, Jones feels “it doesn’t really matter.” Her schooling has helped her in some ways within the profession she at the moment has.

“Learning how to write, learning how to write papers and structure, that’s been very helpful for writing,” she stated.

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