In 1997, actor Rashida graduated from Harvard University where she studied religion and philosophy. At first she wanted to be a lawyer, but changed her mind after the O.J. Simpson trial. In a 2011 interview with LA Magazine, she said, "The O.J. Simpson trial was disillusioning for me. It was the first time I realized that sometimes privilege can trump justice. It seemed insane to me that the man could have so much evidence stacked against him and still, because he managed to get a great defense team, be acquitted…I hated the fact that Simpson was in any way representing justice for black people in California. I had wanted to be a lawyer, but after that I decided to do something else."