Rashida Jones Looks Back Fondly At “Alien” Friend Michael Jackson

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Everyone is familiar with the story of the little girl who befriends an alien and has some out-of-this-world adventures. Oh wait, you’re thinking of E.T. We’re talking about the friendship that blossomed between Rashida Jones and Michael Jackson. “He was definitely a little bit of an alien, for sure, and when I was young, it felt as if he was my age, not 18 years older, but with just a little bit more pep,” the Parks and Rec star tells Playboy. Plus, how many adults own their own monkey? Not as many as you’d think as a kid.

It was through her producer father Quincy Jones that Rashida got to hang out with Michael Jackson and as you might expect, a man who’s house is mostly an amusement park is usually a lot of fun. “Later, we’d go out on the town together. He always wore those surgical masks,” Jones recalls. “Once, my sister, Michael, ­Emmanuel Lewis and I got in a car with Super Soakers and went by a movie theater and supersoaked the hell out of people waiting in line. They had no idea they’d just been supersoaked by the King of Pop.” Seriously though, why wasn’t that a movie? We’d pay $12 to see that on the big screen.