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Friday 29 May 2015

Rashida Jones: I was heavy but funny

Rashida Jones
Rashida Jones

Rashida Jones realised she was funny as a child, when she tried out comedy because she was on the "heavy side".

The Parks and Recreation actress is currently starring in Cuban Fury, which is another comedy string to add to her bow.

Recalling her childhood, Rashida says it was her body frame that led her to the realisation she was funny.

"As a pre-teen, I was on the heavy side. I had girlfriends who were pretty and who guys wanted to make out with, so I'd get in between and try to make them laugh," Rashida told Britain's Marie Claire magazine.

Cuban Fury co-stars Nick Frost and Chris O'Dowd and centres around a former salsa prodigy who attempts a comeback years after his career was ruined.

Rashida had no hesitation in accepting a role in the dance movie, which had its London premiere last night.

"I've been a fan of Nick Frost for a long time, and when I heard he was starring in the movie I wanted to get near him. I wasn't disappointed when I met him - he's funnier than I imagined," she smiled.

Rashida wouldn't be drawn on whether Nick or Bridesmaids star Chris O'Dowd was funnier though.

"It's a toss-up. The three of us spent a lot of time together, so it was a competition who made who laugh the most," she laughed.

The 37-year-old actress is the daughter of music mogul Quincy Jones and had a childhood filled with famous faces.

She admits there were some "surreal moment" whilst growing up, but that generally the celebrities that frequented her house didn't faze her.

"I cared less about the musicians [like Michael Jackson] coming to the house. My mom's assistant once got into a car accident with John Travolta and he came over with flowers. I loved Grease, so I lost my mind. I mean, Danny Zuko, come on!" she exclaimed.

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