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Rashida Jones spills on Michael Jackson & other celeb friends

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Rashida Jones tells Playboy that Michael Jackson was "a little bit of an alien" and dishes on other celebs she grew up with.

Rashida Jones in PlayboyParks and Recreation star Rashida Jones is a huge talent in her own right, but growing up she had a unique view into the world of celebrity thanks to her star parents, Quincy Jones and Peggy Lipton. As part of Playboy's 20 Questions series, Jones dishes on some of her favorite childhood celebrity encounters -- including playing practical jokes with Michael Jackson.

"Michael basically grew up with us, so I have a million memories of him," Rashida told Playboy. "We were at each other's houses all the time. 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."

"Later, we'd go out on the town together. He always wore those surgical masks. 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."

Jones hung out with other legends, too. Like big-deal music icons.

"Major musicians were definitely around, for sure. Nobody was cooler than Miles Davis," she said. "I remember his scratchy voice. Even the way he'd say 'What's up?' was cool. Frank Sinatra was another supercool cat. I went to see him in Vegas as a teenager, and my sister and I were having problems getting backstage. We finally did and told Frank about it. He was like, 'Who did you have problems with? Who do I need to talk to? I'll take care of it.' He was going to crack some skulls."

Read the rest of 20 Questions with Rashida Jones on

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