We understand that being biracial can be “complicated” but… is it just us or does Rashida Jones go out of her way to avoid blackness? We came across this recent profile of the actress in the New York Times where they discuss her latest project “Celeste And Jesse Forever” which she also co-wrote:
Rashida Jones has a good sense of how directors see her. “I am generally cast as the dependable, affable, loving, friend-wife-girlfriend,” she said. As Ann Perkins on the NBC series “Parks and Recreation” Ms. Jones is the voice of reason among her loopier co-stars Amy Poehler, Nick Offerman and Aziz Ansari. But in her new movie, “Celeste and Jesse Forever,” coming out on Friday, she has the chance to unravel that persona, in wanton fashion. She stars as Celeste, who is in the midst of a lingering divorce from Jesse (Andy Samberg).
In her screenwriting debut, Ms. Jones, 36, wrote the comedy with the actor Will McCormack, who plays her buddy on screen; they relied on their own relationships as fodder. (“We dated for like two weeks,” she said, “and then after a slight adjustment, we became friends.”)
“Celeste and Jesse,” directed by Lee Toland Krieger, was made in a tight 23 days for less than $1 million. “We did get an offer from a studio at a certain point — for them to reserve the right to cast somebody else if they felt like I wasn’t financially viable,” Ms. Jones said. After some consideration, she said no. “I felt like this was the only opportunity I had to play this kind of part,” she said, “a character that’s maybe less than likable.”
We haven’t seen the film, but after watching many of Jones’ projects we couldn’t help but notice she doesn’t ever seem to be cast in “urban” or “African-American” films or roles. We couldn’t help but wonder if this is on purpose or if casting directors simply don’t want to use her because of her appearance and personality. What do you think? Is Rashida “choosing” her white side over her black side? Also do you think Rashida would ever date a brother? We’ve seen her date Tobey Maguire, Mark Ronson, John Krasinski and lots of other white guys but never seen her with a black man. Is she afraid of “the dark side”???
You can check the rest of the Times Q&A on the flipside