Best known as Tyra Collette from the television program "Friday Night Lights," actor Adrianne Palicki was one of the grand marshals for the recent NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. Now starring as Lady Jaye in the film "G.I. Joe: Retaliation," Palicki spoke with NASCAR.com prior to the event:
Q: What can you tell us about your new film?
Palicki: "The movie is fun and explosive. I don't know if you're a G.I. Joe fan, but it's definitely a move made for G.I. Joe fans. It's an awesome action-packed film, and what an awesome cast we have (with) Bruce Willis and Dwayne Johnson. ? I play Lady Jaye. She's a tough cookie. She likes to play with the boys. She's one of the only women in the movie, and she's definitely a guy's girl."
Q: This is your first time at a NASCAR race. Any drivers in particular you hope to meet?
Palicki: "I wanted to meet Danica (Patrick). I haven't yet. Hopefully I will. I'm a big fan of her's. She's kind of like the Lady Jaye of NASCAR."
Q: How big is it for an actor to be in a big-budget action picture?
Palicki: "You know, it's weird, because while we were shooting it, it didn't seem like a big deal. Even working with Bruce and Wayne, they were more just like friends of ours. It wasn't until actually we did the international tour that it started to feel like a lot bigger deal and people really got excited about it."
Q: Do you like cars? Any personal favorites?
Palicki: "My favorite is the one I own now. I own a '72 Chevy pickup. My grandpa used to collect old cars, so I fell in love with them at such a young age. And I was living in Texas for so long (shooting "Friday Night Lights"), I was like, I need a truck. I bought it from the original owner, and just had it revamped as far as painting and interior. The engine is gorgeous. It's so beautiful."
Q: Much like drivers, you're in a performance business that requires a big break to launch your career. What was yours?
Palicki: "I worked for years, and then I got "Friday Night Lights," and I have to say that changed my entire trajectory. My entire life changed after that. I loved that show. So that I feel like that was my shift."
Q: Speaking of "Friday Night Lights," that show has amassed such a devout following. How often do you get asked about it?
Palicki: "All the time. People stop me and say, 'Oh my god, "Friday Night Lights" is my favorite show.' I love it, because I love 'Friday Night Lights' fans, because we didn't have them when we were actually shooting. So now we have this massive group of people who love it, and I'm really happy."
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