Rashida Jones: Love Jones

The Parks and Recreation star hopes to add more gay fans to her rising profile by playing a lesbian lawyer opposite Zooey Deschanel in Our Idiot Brother.

BY Brandon Voss

May 18 2011 3:00 AM ET

Following her appearance in The Social Network, Rashida Jones has updated her Hollywood status with choice roles in The Big Year and The Muppets this fall. But after cohosting the GLAAD Awards, the 35-year-old Parks and Recreation star hopes to add more gay fans to her rising profile by playing a lesbian lawyer opposite Zooey Deschanel in Our Idiot Brother, a dysfunctional family comedy in theaters August 26.

The Advocate: You hosted the Los Angeles GLAAD Media Awards in April with your Parks and Recreation costar Amy Poehler. How did you get that gig?
Rashida Jones: I think they asked us because Bob Greenblatt, our new boss at NBC, was being honored. And possibly because there’s always a subtle lesbian love story happening with my character and Amy’s character on the show.

What was the highlight of your night?
I met Dolly Parton, which made my year. She’s the greatest.

Did you feel the love from the gay crowd?
It was a very warm, receptive room. It might’ve been because everybody was drunk, but I’ll take it. We managed to make some jokes at their expense, and they were really good sports.

You thanked honoree Ricky Martin for years of fantasy fodder, adding, “Come back any time, boo.” How did you take the news of his coming out?
I took it pretty personally. I felt betrayed. No, I was actually really happy, because I know it’s incredibly difficult for a pop star to come out — especially as a Latino, a community where there can be a lot of homophobia. What he did was incredibly brave. But he’s a hottie, and I like thinking he still wants to have sex with me.

So his being gay doesn’t spoil the fantasy.
Oh, trust me, the fantasies are still there and not going away. You can fantasize about anyone, and the truth is that they’re probably not thinking about you anyway. So, no, his coming out has not come between us.

Are you typically shocked when someone comes out?
I’m never shocked. If there weren’t still such a stigma, half of the acting and music community would come out. Luckily, there’s less of a stigma every day.

During the ceremony you also played a gay soldier in a brief skit spoofing the “don’t ask, don’t tell” stalemate. Was it important for you to bring some political commentary to your hosting duties?
Absolutely. We were making fun of bureaucracy, especially as it affects the gay community. I’m so happy that “don’t ask don’t tell” has been repealed, because it’s such a ridiculous notion, but it just shows that things take a long time. There’s still a lot of change that needs to happen in this country.

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