"I think that's the beauty of him. Whether you're family or a fan he gives you access," Rashida Jones said.
Actor and director Rashida Jones is the 46-year-old daughter of legendary musician Quincy Jones and actress Peggy Lipton. Coming from a rich neighborhood in Bel Air and a family that was always under the spotlight, Rashida has confessed that it was difficult for her family to deal with the negative outlook of people on her parents' interracial marriage. According to The Guardian, Rashida credits her parents for the self-confidence she developed and for finding her own voice. She also admits that, unlike her siblings, she got to spend a lot of time with her father and as a result managed to get the best of him.
"My dad was a different parent to each one of them. I think my older sister would say he was never around. I have siblings who grew up in Sweden, when my dad and their mom got divorced, they came to live with us eventually, but my dad was around a lot for me," Jones said in a 2020 interview. "I feel very grateful for that. And it was just dumb luck. He happened to be at that place in his life, and I happened to be born. I do think that shaped who I am."
The Parks And Recreation actress is without a doubt, Quincy Jones' most popular offspring because of her involvement with significant projects in Hollywood. However, the rest of her siblings have also excelled in their areas of expertise despite being relatively unknown to mainstream media.
According to Hollywood Life, Rashida's older sister Kidada Jones has made a name for herself as a fashion model and designer. Their brother Quincy Jones III has walked in their father's footsteps to pursue a career in music and also as a movie producer. Kenya Jones, who is the youngest child of Quincy, has been working as a model and walking for top fashion brands all over the world.
The rest of Rashida’s siblings lead a quiet life away from the spotlight and not much is known about them. According to Indie Wire, Rashida Jones co-directed a documentary with Alan Hicks, about the life and career of her 89-year-old father, titled Quincy. It premiered on Netflix back in September 2018. The film managed to bag a big win for Best Music Film at the 61st GRAMMY Awards in 2019.
Following a screening of the Netflix documentary at the International Documentary Association's annual screening series in Los Angeles, Rashida spoke about her father in a Q&A session with the audience. "I think that's the beauty of him. Whether you're family or a fan he gives you access," she said. Hicks and Jones reportedly managed to collect 800 hours of footage over a span of four years for the purpose of making the documentary and it includes some valuable never-before-seen interviews and film from the artist’s own collection.
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