Song of the Day #2,645: ‘You Don’t Know’ – Rashida Jones

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Ah Rashida Jones, you beautiful tropical fish. If this list were in order, the multi-talented Jones might well occupy the top spot.

The daughter of Quincy Jones and Peggy Lipton, Rashida Jones is a writer, director, actress, singer, songwriter, Harvard grad, and social and political activist — as funny and smart as she is beautiful.

I first discovered Jones in her role on The Office, where she had the unenviable task of playing the woman who comes between Jim and Pam.

It’s a testament to Jones’ immense personal appeal and talent (as well as the show’s stellar writing) that her Karen Filippelli not only avoided becoming a villain but amassed her own sizable fan base. In fact, the first time I ever encountered the ‘Team X vs. Team Y’ phenomenon was when this triangle inspired fans to join Team Pam and Team Karen.

I also loved Jones’ work in I Love You, Man, a movie that centered on the relationship between Paul Rudd and Jason Segal, but was grounded by the nicely drawn relationship between her and Rudd.

My family and I were latecomers to Parks and Recreation, but we’ve zipped through the first five seasons of that great show over the past few months and I get to marvel at the awkward grace of her Ann Perkins.

Here is a clip from the 2010 film Monogamy, starring Jones and Chris Messina as a struggling couple. Why anybody would have a straying eye with Rashida Jones at home is a mystery to me.

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3 thoughts on “Song of the Day #2,645: ‘You Don’t Know’ – Rashida Jones

  1. Dana says:

    I’m a fan of Jones, though not in the laminated list way. I’m more than a little concerned, though, whether she soars or crashes and burns writing Toy Story 4, a film I question should have been made at all after the perfection of the first 3.

  2. Peg says:

    Wow, that would be Peggy Lipton from “Mod Squad”? Didn’t know that she was with Quincy Jones. What a beauty she is, have never seen her in anything yet

  3. Maddie says:

    Needa watch that movie now!! Love them both.

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