Celeste (Rashida Jones) and Jesse (Andy Samberg) met in high school, married young and are growing apart. Now thirty, Celeste is successful business woman and Jesse now unemployed is in no need to rush anything in his life. Celeste is convinced that divorcing Jesse is the right thing to do and if they do it now instead of later they can remain supportive friends. Jess passively accepts this transition into friendship even though he’s still in love with her. As the reality of their separation sets in, Celeste starts to see her decision to be impulsive and selfish. But her timing with Jesse is less then fortuitous. These two will need to learn that in order to truly love someone, you may have to let them go.
What has been the longest it has taken you to get over a relationship in the past?
Rashida Jones: It takes a long time. They say it takes half the time you were with somebody, that’s the formula.
Andy Samberg: I think if you’re really in love with someone and have a serious relationship it takes up until you fall in love again.
Rashida Jones: You do, I’m so bummed.
Andy Samberg: Or half the time (laughing).
Rashida Jones; For men, I think that’s true you really don’t get over a relationship until you’re in another one.
Rashida how much of Celeste is you?
Rashida Jones: Unfortunately probably more then I would like. I would like to think I took my idiosyncrasies and magnified them to come up with someone with characteristics that stand on her own. I don’t think I’m paralyzed for my need for control and my need to be right but there have been times in my life that it were true.
Andy Samberg: Celeste is the old you!
Rashida Jones: It’s the old me. It’s the last me, I’m the new me.
Did you have this idea to write this movie for 10 years?
Rashida Jones: No, Will McCormack and I wrote it about four years ago and it defiantly is a collection of composites of relationships that I’ve had and that he’s had or of people we know have had but we did use a lot of ourselves in it.
So in your opinion what’s the most difficult part of a relationship?
Rashida Jones: I would say not wanting or having to be right. Just communicating in a way to your partner where you guys don’t have to agree on something but you respect each other’s opinions and coexist in a respectful manner.
Andy are you like your character Jesse, is there a man-child in you?
Andy Samberg: I don’t think that anyone would argue that there isn’t. Certainly the idea of someone who is slacking a little bit and not living their full potential was a big part of my life. I think my parents were worried about me for a while but then I got super lucky. But I feel I connected more to his attitude towards life, he’s actually much more laid back about life then I am. The way he reacts to relationships and situations and diffusing things and jokes and a sweetness that he aspires to is a bit me. My dad was always worried about me especially in school because I wasn’t super engaged in my education but as soon as I got into film and comedy stuff I became super alive.
Rashida are you interested in directing some of your own projects?
Rashida Jones: I’m definitely interested in directing. I have a similar relationship with directing that I have with writing, I’m intimated by it and have a lot of respect for directors. It will take me a little bit of a jump to get there but hopefully I’ll be there one day.
What advice has your father Quincy Jones giving you?
Rashida Jones: My dad is a very positive loving person who had been very supportive of me in every way. His whole thing is about just showing up and working hard.
Speaking about growing up Andy how is Grown Ups 2 coming along?
Andy Samberg: I’ve actually only shot one day on it but it was completely insane and fun. I’m sure it’s going to be a delight to moviegoers around the world.
So how many of those terrible dates were based on your dating life?
Rashida Jones: Too many. The photographer scenes, that one hundred percent happened to me. You know who you are. Isn’t that horrible, that was the first date by the way.
Andy Samberg: I’m just impressed that he had the balls to do it.
Rashida Jones: Don’t be impressed.
Andy Samberg: I’m not impressed.
Rashida Jones: After I got over the initial shock and trauma that it happened to me, it really was a good party story. The one time that I’ve ever done stand up I told that terrible dating story but there ended up being a kid in the crowd so it was very uncomfortable.
Being a bi-racial actress do you find it to be a challenge?
Rashida Jones: You know I think its more challenging for other people. I don’t have any issues about my identity, I relate to both sides of my family. I’m Jewish, I’m African-American and I’m Irish and Scottish and Polish. There are so many things and I wasn’t brought up to distinguish but to identify and celebrate those things. I do think other people think I should be settling into one thing or another but I want to play whatever I feel like playing and not be limited. I spent a lot of time in my career being limited because I wasn’t dark enough or too light for other parts so I’m going to try not to be limited, I’m not limited!
Celeste and Jesse Forever is in theaters August 3rd.