Rashida Jones on the part she wrote for herself
Actress' screenwriting debut 'Celeste and Jesse Forever' hits theaters Friday
"Parks and Recreation's" Rashida Jones refuses to be typecast.
The star and co-screenwriter of "Celeste and Jesse Forever" told the New York Times she wanted to play a role other than the "dependable, affable, loving, friend-wife-girlfriend" -- so she wrote a part for herself.
"I felt like this was the only opportunity I had to play this kind of part - a character that's maybe less than likable," the 36-year-old actress said of her labor of love, which was reportedly made for less than $1 million in just 23 days.
Jones said her passion for the role - a woman in the midst of divorce - led her to turn down an offer from a studio that wanted the right to "cast somebody else if they felt like I wasn't financially viable."
But, like she told the Times, who better to tell a story inspired by her own love life than her? The actress and Will McCormack - who also appears in "Celeste and Jesse Forever" -- co-wrote the film using details from their own two-week relationship-turned-friendship.
The dramedy, which marks Jones' screenwriting debut, hits theaters on Friday.
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