Rashida Jones Tasked With ‘Being Mean’ To The Muppets; Dishes On Future ‘Parks And Recreation’ Romance

Rashida Jones recently faced a challenge of epic proportion on the set of an upcoming film --being “mean” to the Muppets.

“I play an executive at a TV network who gives them a shot, and I’m kind of a little bit mean to the Muppets, which was hard for me!” Rashida told Access Hollywood of her role in the upcoming “Muppets” movie at the junket for her new comedy, “Our Idiot Brother,” in Beverly Hills. “[It was] very hard for me. It was tough.”

Though her hard-nosed network exec initially boasts a tough exterior, Rashida said she eventually gives the beloved puppets a chance.

“I’m just stressed out – like most executives,” she explained, defending her character in the film — slated to hit theaters in November.

In addition to her numerous big screen projects, Rashida is back at work on the small screen for Season 4 of her NBC hit comedy, “Parks and Recreation,” and the 35-year-old said fans of the show should expect a bit of lingering chemistry between her character (Ann Perkins) and her former on-screen flame, Chris Traeger (hilariously played by Rob Lowe).

“Ann and Chris definitely have a little bit of tension this year,” she told Access. “We spend a lot of time together.”

However, their rekindled friendship doesn’t necessarily mean the pair will reunite romantically.

“There’s more kind of… realizations on Ann’s part that she was kind of like, obsessed with [Chris] in an unhealthy way,” she told Access of her character’s cautiously renewed relationship with her former beau. “And maybe he’s a little crazier than she thought he was.

“She was blinded by his hotness – which happens in life,” she added with a laugh.

Joining the sitcom this season is former “Six Feet Under” star Patricia Clarkson, who will play “Tammy 1” — the infamous first wife of Ron Swanson (played by Nick Offerman) – and Rashida said the cast is beyond thrilled to welcome Patricia.

“I’m so excited. [I] love her. Love, love, love her!” Rashida raved. “And it’s really nice because she’s a fan of the show.”

Catch Rashida, alongside Paul Rudd, Emily Deschanel, Elizabeth Banks and Emily Mortimer, when “Our Idiot Brother” hits theaters on August 26.

“Parks and Recreation” returns to NBC when Season 4 premieres on September 22.

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