Adri­anne’s not your av­er­age GI Joe

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - MOVIES -

DRIANNE Pal­icki grew up play­ing cops and rob­bers with her older brother and cousins – but she did it wear­ing a pink dress.

‘‘I was one of those kids who loved to do the boy stuff and get all dirty, but then I liked to go and play with Bar­bies,’’ Pal­icki says.

Now, as she ap­proaches 30, lit­tle has changed. The woman who is a glama­zon stand­ing along­side Dwayne John­son at a red car­pet pre­miere is equally at home shoot­ing bad guys with Bruce Wil­lis.

Best known for play­ing Tyra in cult TV hit Fri­day Night Lights, Pal­icki puts both her girly and gutsy sides to good use along­side John­son and Wil­lis in the new comic-book ac­tion movie GI Joe: Re­tal­i­a­tion. She plays Lady Jaye, in­tel­li­gence ex­pert for the Joes. ‘‘I like the fact that Jaye wears fa­tigues through the ma­jor­ity of the movie, I like the fact we chose to have her hair pulled back. She’s not a glam girl and that was fun to get to play a strong fe­male char­ac­ter,’’ Pal­icki says.

‘‘But then, by the time the red dress moment hap­pened (when Jaye frocks up to crash a ball) I was ready for heels,’’ she laughs.

‘‘Lady Jaye is really sexy be­cause she’s strong and she can hold her own with the boys and she can hold a gun . . . and, come on, girls and guns, it’s a guy’s dream for some weird rea­son.’’

Pal­icki’s sporty na­ture and stature – she stands 180cm tall – hasn’t al­ways been an as­set in the movie busi­ness.

Born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, she be­came hooked on stage act­ing and still har­bours dreams of Broad­way. ‘‘It was hard for me be­cause of my height. I would lose roles be­cause it would be too much of an is­sue to con­stantly try to make the men taller,’’ she says.

From 2006, Pal­icki made three sea­sons of Fri­day Night Lights, then re­turned for the fi­nal episodes in 2011.

She’s since played Won­der Woman and starred along­side Chris Hemsworth in an­other ac­tion film, Red Dawn. Those roles were just a taste of what would come in the big­bud­get, male-dom­i­nated GI Joe film.

For six weeks she and her cast­mates trained for ‘‘eight hours a day, ev­ery day, weapons, train­ing, stunt train­ing, phys­i­cal train­ing, unit train­ing . . . I’d call home cry­ing, ‘I can’t, blub, be­lieve, blub, I have to do this again.’’

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