The star of The Office and Parks and Rec speaks about why finding “the one” is depressing, equality in relationships, and about letting go.
We first loved her in The Office, we love her in Parks & Rec, and we’re about to love her in her upcoming movie, Celeste and Jesse Forever. TrèsSugar caught up with the lovely Rashida Jones lady to chat with her about and her thoughts about romance, platonic relationships, and loss.
We have a major girl crush on Rashida Jones. We recently spoke with the actress about her new movie Celeste and Jesse Forever, which follows a former couple trying to remain friends as they go through a divorce. Rashida plays Celeste to Andy Samberg‘s Jesse, and she cowrote the screenplay with her longtime friend Will McCormack. When I sat down with Rashida, she told me that a lot of the film’s emotional makeup was derived from reality. She said, “The essence of that relationship between Celeste and Jesse is very much like me and Will [McCormack].” When talking about relationships, Rashida is honest and pragmatic, and her insights obviously informed the authentic tone of the movie, which premiered at Sundance and hits theaters this Friday. Read on for more quotes on love from my interview with Rashida.
On Letting Go
“I’ve righted myself out of so many happy moments because I’m so insistent that I prove somebody else wrong.”
On Soul Mates
“We [Rashida and friend Will McCormack] are soul mates. We’re actually more soul mates than people who are romantically involved because we will have each other forever; there’s not going to be any yelling and custody battles.”
“I think women think about the emotional factor and guys think about sex. So if I’m having sex with another guy, then the guy’s going to be threatened, whereas if you’re spending all your time laughing and talking about emotions with a girl, the girl’s going to be threatened.”
On Finding “The One”
“I think that you can have multiple realities, especially because we live longer and we have so much choice. Also, now that the pursuit is about being happy and being in love. It used to just be — 230 years ago — about property and marrying families together for power. Then it became about romantic love. I mean, really? Really, everyone has one person? That’s almost more depressing to think than it is that you have several versions of your life.”
On Whether You Have to Lose Something to Appreciate It
“Oh, God, I hope not. That would make life so sad. I think hindsight is 20/20. You mark all of the positives and forget the negatives. We’re kind of programmed that way, so you have more appreciation of things when they’re gone. Joni Mitchell.”
On What Makes Platonic Relationships Work
“Equality. Equality and communication.”
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