The actress explains why she’s more comfortable with being a producer and writer.
Rashida Jones, daughter of Quincy Jones, is rather covert when it comes to her level of fame and it’s a deliberate choice says Jones in a recent interview in the new issue of PorterEdit.
“I am pretty fierce about my privacy,” said the 42-year old actress and filmmaker “I have made career choices to protect it. I stopped going after big movies because what comes with it is they want you to be as famous as possible […] I don’t have the constitution to battle that.”
Jones is most-known for her roles in comedic shows like “The Office,” “Parks and Recreation,” and most recently, “Angie Tribeca” while starring on the big screen in films like “I Love You, Man” and “The Social Network.” But recently, she’s been taking her post behind-the-scenes working as a producer and writer.
“The reason I got behind the camera was because I felt replaceable as an actress,” she said. “You walk into a room, and they’ve already decided whether you’ve got the part based on your hair. There are people born to act, but I play parts which are just versions of me. Writing is more of a back and forth conversation. That, for me, feels better.”
She’s currently working on a reboot of the 1980 film “9 to 5” and was even a part of the writing team at Pixar for the upcoming “Toy Story 4” installation but left the job because of differences she felt marginalized women and people of color.
“There is so much talent at Pixar and we remain enormous fans of their films,” she noted late last year. “But it is also a culture where women and people of color do not have an equal creative voice, as is demonstrated by their director demographics: out of the 20 films in the company’s history, only one was co-directed by a woman and only one was directed by a person of color.”