ACTRESS RASHIDA JONES TALKS ABOUT STARRING IN THE NEW FILM SHE CO-WROTE, “CELESTE AND JESSE FOREVER,” AND GROWING UP IN HOLLYWOOD ON “CBS THIS MORNING”
JONES TELLS CO-HOST GAYLE KING: “YOU KNOW, I THINK PEOPLE HAVE ASSUMPTIONS ABOUT WHAT IT'S LIKE TO GROW UP IN HOLLYWOOD. SOMETIMES THEY'RE NOT WRONG”
Actress Rashida Jones talked with co-host Gayle King about starring in the new film she co-wrote, “Celeste and Jesse Forever,” and growing up in Hollywood, live today, August 2, 2012, on CBS THIS MORNING on the CBS Television Network (7:00 AM – 9:00 AM).
Below are excerpts from the interview.
KING: What kind of childhood do you have? What is your life like growing up? I know [Jones’ father] Quincy is so full of love when it comes to his family in particular.
JONES: You know, I think people have assumptions about what it's like to grow up in Hollywood. Sometimes they're not wrong. But particularly with my family, we had a very laid-back, loving, full of laughter, full of music in our house. So I don't know what the alternative was, but I just know we weren't too spoiled, we weren't – my parents instilled us with values. It was about working hard, laughing and love.
KING: This is the thing that I love about “Celeste and Jesse.” It's about two exes who are going through a divorce and the premise is that you can really go through a divorce and get along very well. And I thought, Quincy Jones, Peggy Lipton. Did your parents inspire that or no, not really?
JONES: I hadn't thought about it, and you're more astute than I am because I don't – maybe it was an inspiration and I didn't think about it because I have good role models. My parents are really good friends still, and I think that has an impact obviously on me and my sister and how I see the world and how I see what's possible in relationships. Yeah I'm sure that had an impact.
KING: Do you have any comment about what's going on with the Jackson family? You know with Paris and Prince? Jermaine Jackson just released a statement this morning saying he's so sorry it's turned into a public dialogue and that now what he wants to do is take the family behind closed doors and just really work it out among themselves. I know you know the family.
KING: What do you make of it when you see it so publicly?
JONES: This wouldn't be the first time that public interference affected the Jackson family, unfortunately. But it's sad. I think the kids should be the priority. And, you know, the less they can do things in public, the better off they're going to be when they get older. Trust me, I know.
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