Adrianne’s not your average GI Joe
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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