Rashida Jones, Chris Messina friends with benefits

Mon Mar 14, 2011 4:29am EDT
 
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By Jenelle Riley

LOS ANGELES (Backstage) - Rashida Jones and Chris Messina are both actors currently at the top of their game.

In addition to her role on the NBC comedy "Parks and Recreation," Jones has appeared in films as varied as "The Social Network" and "I Love You, Man."

After making his mark on "Six Feet Under," Messina has enjoyed breakthrough roles as devoted husbands in "Julie & Julia" and "Away We Go."

Now the two star as an engaged couple put to the test in the gritty indie "Monogamy," in which Messina plays a photographer who becomes obsessed with one of his subjects. The film marks the feature directorial debut of Dana Adam Shapiro, who won acclaim with his 2005 documentary "Murderball."

Back Stage recently spoke to the two old friends about working together so intimately for the first time.

BACK STAGE: YOU TWO KNEW EACH OTHER BEFORE THE FILM; HOW DID YOU MEET?

Messina: Rashida went to high school with my girlfriend, so I know Rashida through her. Rashida would come over to our house and play with our two boys; they love her. It was confusing and interesting to see what was going to happen, kissing one of my girlfriend's best friends. And it turned out to be amazing. I think the experience we went through together ultimately made us even better friends.

RASHIDA, HOW WAS IT FOR YOU, KISSING CHRIS?   Continued...

 
<p>Actress Rashida Jones arrives at the 19th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Award Viewing Party in West Hollywood, California February 27, 2011. REUTERS/Gus Ruelas</p>