Rashida Jones

  • Aired:  07/30/12
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Rashida Jones, cowriter and star of "Celeste and Jesse Forever," discusses dating in the '90s and a movie adaptation of her socialite-spy comic book, "Frenemy of the State." (6:27)

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Jon: OUR GUEST TONIGHT VERY FINE ACTRESS, SEEN ON NBC'S PARKS AND RECREATION.

GREAT SHOW, NEW FILM CALLED CELESTE AND JESSE FOREVER.

>> WE ARE SEPARATED AND WE'RE FRIENDS.

YOU GUYS SHOULD BE HAPPY.

WE FIGHT ALL THE TIME.

WE DON'T ANY MORE.

>> YOU SHOULD BE THRILLED.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO CHOOSE SIDES, IT'S THE PERFECT BREAKUP.

EVERYONE IS COLE.

>> EVERYONE IS NOT COOL.

>> NOT COOL.

>> NOBODY IS COOL HERE.

>> I'M SORRY.

I CAN'T DO THIS ANY MORE.

>> SORRY.

>> BABY.

>> SO ANGRY.

>> YOU BEER ANGRY.

>> YEAH.

>> TOO WEIRD.

>> RASHIDA JONES!

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Jon: DID YOU HAVE AN ACCIDENT.

>> I STOOD UP, I'M LIKE OH MY GOD.

>> NICE TO SEE YOU.

>> NICE TO SEE YOU TOO.

>> YOU HAVE IT IS SUCH A BEAUTIFUL AND UNUSUAL NAME,

JONES.

>> WEIRDLY IT'S WELSH.

>> IS IT.

>> FOR A LONG TIME I THOUGHT BECAUSE MY FATHER IS AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN THAT IT WAS

MAYBE A SLAVE NAME THAT HAPPENED SOMETIMES, YOU KNOW,

BUT IT'S WELSH.

WE'RE WELSH.

>> I SPOTTED THE WELSH IN YOU FROM-- LOOK HOW EXCITED YOU ARE TO BE WELSH.

>> I KNOW.

>> THESE ARE LIKE EURO LIMB PICKS GOING ON RIGHT NOW.

>> YOU WROTE THIS, COWROTE THIS.

>> I DID.

NOT ONLY YOUR WRITING PARTNER, THE GENTLEMAN OF WHICH THIS IS BASED SOMEWHAT

OF A BEST FRIEND GOING OUT THING.

>> ISH, YEAH, WE DATED FOR A SMALL AMOUNT OF TIME, 13 YEARS AGO.

>> OH, SO IT WAS, HOW LONG DID YOU DATE FOR?

>> IT WAS IN THE 09s AND IT WAS LIKE THREE WEEKS.

>> Jon: YOU MAKE SOUND LIKE A RAVE THAT GOT OUT OF CONTROL.

IT WAS LIKE IN THE 90s.

>> YOU COULD LOSE THREE WEEKS IN THE 90S.

>> Jon: YOU REALLY COULD.

SO YOU AND THIS GENTLEMAN WILL, WERE YOU FRIENDS PRIOR TO THE DATING.

>> NO, WE WERE SET UP.

WE DATED.

WE WERE KIND OF IN LOVE WITH EACH OTHER FOR THREE WEEKS.

>> Jon: REALLY.

>> YEAH.

WE WERE DRUNK THE WHOLE TIME.

>> Jon: SURE.

>> AND THEN WE FIGURED IT OUT SOONER THAN LATER THAT FRIENDSHIP WAS BETTER.

>> Jon: WHEN DID THE FIZZLE ON A THREE WEEK RUN?

>> DAY 17?

WHEN DID THE-- WHEN DID THE SOBERING UP WHEN YOU WENT --

>> I THINK THE FIZZLE WAS PROBABLY TIMED DIFFERENTLY FOR THE BOTH OF US WHICH IS

PART OF THE PROBLEM.

>> Jon: INTERESTING.

>> I WAS SUPERINTO IT AND HE WASN'T OVER HIS EXBE GIRLFRIEND WHY ARE WE

TALKING ABOUT THIS RIGHT NOW.

>> Jon: BECAUSE NOW THAT OPERA IS OFF OF TELEVISION SOMEONE HAS TO FILL THE GAP.

>> YOU'RE RIGHT.

YOU ARE DOING A GREAT JOB.

>> Jon: I NEED TO DO A SERVICE.

HEY GIRL, LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING, GIRL.

GIRL, YOU JUST NEED TO FUTURE OUT THERE IN THE UNIVERSE.

>> YOU ARE RIGHT.

>> Jon: YOU KNOW WHY,

BECAUSE LIKE THE GREEN LANTERN, IF YOU THINK IT YOU CAN BUILD IT WITH LIKE A RING AND --

>> YOU JUST GOT SUPERMAIL ON IT.

>> Jon: I JUST WENT COMIC BOOK BECAUSE I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT ELSE TO DO.

>> DO YOU FIND FOR YOURSELF NOW, IS THIS THE FIRST TIME THAT YOU HAVE WRITTEN

SOMETHING THAT YOU ARE ACTING, YOU KNOW, WHERE YOU ARE WRITING FOR YOUR VOICE IN PARTICULAR.

>> YES.

>> Jon: DO YOU FIND IT TO BE AN EASIER TASK.

>> YES, YOU SHOULD KNOW.

>> Jon: I DON'T, BECAUSE I CAN'T ACT.

>> YOU ACT A LITTLE BIT,

DON'T YOU.

DIDN'T YOU ACT A LITTLE BIT.

>> Jon: I THINK A LITTLE BIT WOULD BE THE SUM OF MY CAREER, YES.

BUT IT'S NOT ACTING.

IT'S LIKE I COULD BE 10% ANGRIER THAN NORMAL, RIGHT.

LIKE YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO BE ANGRY AND I'M LIKE OKAY-- THAT STILL SUCKED.

>> IT IS EASIER, YES, IT'S EASIER FOR SURE.

AND WE WROTE TO OUR STRENGTHS BECAUSE BOTH WILL AND I ARE IN THE MOVIE.

AND I WROTE TO THE STRENGTH OF MY FLAWS.

SO I AM KIND OF NOT THAT LIKABLE IN THE MOVIE.

>> Stephen: .

>> Jon: STOP IT.

YOU CANNOT NOT BE LIKABLE GO THAT SAY DOUBLE NEGATIVE THAT WORKED OUT DIRECTLY FOR ME.

>> THANK YOU?

>> Jon: WHICH I THINK IT DID.

>> OKAY, GOODE.

>> Jon: AND TO HAVE TO DIVORCE ANDY SAMBURG WHICH IS LIKE DIVORCING A PUPPIE.

>> I KNOW.

>> Jon: LIKE THE SWEETEST,

THE NICEST.

>> IT'S REALLY TERRIBLE IT MADE IT EASY TO PLAY.

>> Jon: HAVE YOU EVER BROKEN UP WITH A GUY THAT YOUR FRIENDS ARE LIKE NO, WE

REFUSE TO ALLOW THE BREAKUP.

TOO NICE, OR TOO-- WE LOVE HIM TOO MUCH.

>> YES, FOR SURE.

>> Jon: OKAY, WHO WAS THAT.

>> OH THERE IS A WHOLE LIST OF THEM.

ARE YOU READY.

>> Jon: SURE-- NO.

>> WILL ACTUALLY IS ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE.

MY ART FRIEND IS LIKE YOU GUYS ARE GOING TO END UP TOGETHER, ALL THE TIME.

AND WE'RE NOT.

>> Jon: WELL, DID YOU AS WRITING PARTNERS WHICH IS IN SOME WAYS.

>> BETTER.

>> Jon: A MORE FRUITFUL RELATIONSHIP THAN REALLY --

>> ANYTHING, LESS DIVORCE.

>> Jon: I CAN TELL YOU SOMETHING, TRUE, AND THE CHILDREN THAT YOU RAISE FROM

THIS FILM, AND THERE WILL BE SOME.

>> IN WHAT FORM, WE'RE TALKING METAPHORICALLY,

RIGHT.

>> Jon: NO.

>> OH, OKAY.

>> Jon: I MEAN WE ARE TALKING METAPHORICALLY NOW.

ARE YOU STILL WRITING STUFF.

>> YEAH.

>> Jon: WHAT IS THE NEXT --

>> I WROTE A COMIC BOOK.

A COWROTE A COMIC BOOK AND WE ARE ADAPTING IT TO BE A MOVIE.

>> Jon: LIKE A SUPERGIRL.

>> SORT SORT OF SHE IS A SOCIALITE.

>> Jon: I'M SORRY, SHE USED TO BE THAT.

SHE WROTE A COMIC BOOK, LIKE A JEWISH GUY THAT IS LIKE FREEZEY BREATH.

>> HE BECOMES A SPY, FOR THE CIA SO KIND OF-- YEAH,

THANKS, FRIENEMY OF THE STATE IT'S CALLED.

>> Jon: SUPERPOWERS.

>> NO, JUST SUPERNATURALLY SMART FOR A SOCIALITE,

THAT'S A SUPERPOWER, RIGHT.

>> Jon: THAT IS KIND OF A SUPERPOWER.

AND CAN YOU BE IN THIS ONE AS WELL.

>> NO, LESS'S SO YOUNG.

SHE'S SO YOUNG.

SHE'S LIKE 20.

>> Jon: YOU'RE THE WRITER.

>> NO, SHE'S 30.

>> I DON'T WANT TO BE IN THE MOVIE.

I DON'T WANT TO BE.

>> Jon: YOU'RE THE WRITER.

>> NO.

YOU COULD BE IN IT.

YOU COULD GIVE YOUR 10% ANGER JSES YOU KNOW, I -- THEY CALL ME BOX OFFICE POISON.

THAT IS GOING TO BE THE NAME OF MY SUPERHERO.

>> THAT'S A GREAT SUPERHERO.

JUST COME IN AND POISON MOVIES.

>> Jon: I HAVE A SUPERPOER WITH.

I CAN TAKE YOUR MOVIE AND TURN IT TO [BLEEP]

(LAUGHTER) CELESTE AND JESSE FOREOVER.

THE GREAT RASHIDA JONES!

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

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