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Rashida Jones returns to the set of Parks and Recreation on Monday for a table read ahead of filming new episodes, but she’s still smarting a bit over the lack of Emmy love for the show’s most recent season.
Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter about Celeste and Jesse Forever, the new dramedy which she co-wrote and stars in, the discussion briefly turned to a general sense that Emmy voters made a surprising choice in not nominating the NBC cult favorite for Best Comedy.
“I mean, c’mon,” she said, sighing. “But remember, this is the same organization that didn’t give Steve Carell an Emmy. Ever.”
Carell earned six Emmy nods for his work on The Office, but never won the big prize.
Parks did earn nominations for lead actress (Amy Poehler), and two for comedy writing, and it was suggested that those honors made the Best Comedy snub all the more surprising.
“I know,” Jones agreed. “The thing that’s just crazy is that it’s clearly deserved, so it just makes them look crazy.”
Conversation then turned to something even crazier: the time she, as a child, rode in a car with Michael Jackson and Emmanuel Lewis (of Webster fame), shooting super soakers at people walking the Los Angeles sidewalks. She originally shared that story in an interview with Playboy, and has had second thoughts about doing so.
“I weirdly feel strange that I even talked about it,” she said.
Was it an out of body experience, THR asked.
“It’s really hard to imagine the scenario that got me there,” Jones laughed. “For me, I didn’t know any different. I know that my childhood now, I know it was unique. It was basically a bunch of kids, except that one of the kids was old enough to drive.”
Email: Jordan.Zakarin@THR.com; Twitter: @JordanZakarin
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