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.