Were the ‘Parks and Recreation’ Cast Members Friends in Real Life?

by Jeremy Spirogis

Parks and Recreation was certainly one of tv’s hottest sitcoms from 2009 to 2015 — and arguably nonetheless is. Cast members Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, and Chris Pratt, amongst others, introduced a light-hearted humorousness to the small display screen. The solid additionally reunited final 12 months for a 10-year reunion, and did the identical this 12 months to assist increase cash for coronavirus — however have been they really all pals in actual life?

The 'Parks and Rec' cast at their 100th episode celebration
The ‘Parks and Rec’ solid at their 100th episode celebration | Michael Tran/FilmMagic

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The ‘Parks and Rec.’ characters have been shut on the present

Parks and Recreation adopted the lifetime of Leslie Knope, a member of Pawnee, Indiana’s Parks and Rec. division who had a craving for altering the world, regardless of that she needed to begin in her small hometown in Indiana. Leslie’s ups and downs have been highlighted over seven seasons, but it surely wouldn’t have been full with out the hilarious addition of her co-workers.

Leslie and Ann Perkins (Rashida Jones) turned pals within the first episode, and Ann’s boyfriend on the time, Andy Dwyer (Chris Pratt), ended up getting a job at city corridor as a shoe shiner. That’s the place he met April Ludgate, an intern with whom he finally ends up falling in love. Meanwhile, Ron Swanson, Tom Haverford, Donna Meagle, and others basically make the Parks and Rec. division one large friend group.  

Cast members Rashida Jones and Amy Poehler turned real-life finest pals

Off-screen, some lifelong friendships have been developed on the present. Amy Poehler and Rashida Jones, who rapidly turned BFFs on digicam, ended up staying extraordinarily shut exterior of filming, too. Jones’ character exited the present in season 6, after Jones determined she needed to pursue manufacturing and the writers felt it was time for her and Rob Lowe to be written out of the script. Emotions have been excessive as Poehler and Jones filmed their final episode collectively, and so they have remained shut pals ever since.  

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Ten years in the past today, the primary episode of @nbcparksandrec aired. And thus started probably the most magical seven years of my skilled life enjoying Ann Perkins and dealing with sort, hilarious, and gifted folks that I nonetheless name pals. The solid, crew and writers spent an honest period of time worrying about getting canceled, we nervously waited for our (often) very low rankings mornings after we aired and, each season, we prayed that we’d get picked up, even when it was only for six extra. Because we beloved it. Needless to say, over time, many, many individuals have come to like the present with surprising fervor. I do not know if the collection would have been what it was if we might’ve foreseen that. Holding onto one another tight and treasuring each second collectively was an enormous half of what’s on display screen. So grateful for this present, these individuals, this writing, this expertise. Happy 10th.

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Several actors developed super-close relationships throughout filming

Leslie and Ben Wyatt find yourself getting married on the present, amongst different characters, and although they weren’t in love in actual life, they positively had a robust connection, which they’ve discussed. The two revealed within the present’s 10-year-reunion panel in 2019 that there have been precise butterflies within the scene the place Ben proposed to Leslie.

The 'Parks and Recreation' cast at a panel discussion in 2015The 'Parks and Recreation' cast at a panel discussion in 2015
The ‘Parks and Recreation’ solid at a panel dialogue in 2015. | Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

Retta, who performed Donna Meagle on the present, as soon as defined to Vulture how she turned such shut pals with the opposite actors. She joked that her first dialog with Rashida Jones was a mini argument concerning the phrase irregardless, and the way Jones, who went to Harvard, knew it was within the dictionary whereas Retta, who went to Duke, didn’t. Retta additionally defined the love she had for all the opposite solid members exterior of simply their characters on the present.

The solid lately reunited as soon as extra for a particular “quarantine
version” episode of Parks and Rec., and
it’s clear they’ve all saved their shut bond since filming ended 5 years
in the past. It’s candy to know that, moreover their characters getting alongside on the
present, the solid members developed sturdy real-life connections as effectively.

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