Friday Night Lights
“Be who you are. Don't listen to other people's ideas of who you should be. Beauty does come from within. Be yourself!” Adrianne Palicki
American actress Adrianne Palicki is famous for playing spirited Tyra Collette on the NBC popular series “Friday Night Lights” (2006-2009), opposite Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, Zach Gilford, Minka Kelly and Taylor Kitsch. Entering show business in 2003, she had appeared in episodes of “Smallville,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “North Shore,” “Supernatural” and “South Beach” and acted in several forgettable indie movies before snagging her prominent role on “Friday Night Lights.” A supporter of President Barack Obama during his 2008 presidential campaign, the thriving performer will star as Holly Rocket and Charlie in the upcoming films “Women in Trouble” (2009) and “Legion” (2010) respectively.
One of Maxim's “Hot 100 of 2007,” Palicki enjoys painting and drawing. Other interests include collecting and reading comic books. She is a fan of “Quantum Leap” and cities Cate Blanchett as her favorite actress. Palicki has a tattoo of her parents' names on her arm.
Currently, Palicki divides her time between Los Angeles and Austin, Texas, where “Friday Night Lights” is produced.
Childhood and Family:
Adrianne Palicki was born on May 6, 1983, in Toledo, Ohio. She grew up as a tomboy. While attending Whitmer High School, she joined the basketball and track-and-field teams, and was also a runner-up for homecoming queen. Known by family and friends by the nickname Annie, Adrianne did not venture into acting until she was in her sophomore year.
After completing high school in 2001, Adrianne moved to New York City in an attempt to compete in a modeling and talent contests. Within three months, she had packed her stuff and headed to Hollywood to pursue an acting career.
A former sandwich maker in Togo, Adrianne Palicki moved to Los Angeles after her three month stay in New York City to give acting a try. Having first performed in a small role in a school play during her sophomore year in high school, the Ohio native appeared in the indie movies “Rewrite” and “Getting Rachel Back” (both 2003) before auditioning for and winning the starring role of Judy Robinson in the un-aired pilot “The Robinsons: Lost in Space” (2004), which was helmed by John Woo. She recalled, “We had a fight scene that was amazingly well choreographed, but then Mr. Woo came in and said, 'Very good, but do this,' and he goes in there and starts fighting. It's just amazing to see John Woo kick alien a**! It's not something you get to see very often.”
Subsequently, Palicki was seen in such television series as “Smallville” (as Kara/Lindsey Harrison), “Quintuplets” (as Jessica Geiger), “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” (as Miranda), and in two episodes of the Fox television short-lived drama series “North Shore” (2005), playing Lisa Ruddnick. She then received roles in the independent films “Popstar” (2005), alongside Aaron Carter and David Cassidy, and “Seven Mummies” (2006), which was directed by Nick Quested and written by Thadd Turner. She next appearing in a recurring role on “Supernatural” (3, episodes, 2005-2007), as Jessica Moore, and in a regular role on the short-lived drama “South Beach” (2006), playing Brianna. She also landed a significant part on the doomed “Smallville” spinoff “Aquaman” (2006), for which she costarred with popular faces like Justin Hartley, Lou Diamond Phillips and Ving Rhames.
However, Palicki did not experience a big breakthrough until she won a major part in the Peter Berg-created series “Friday Night Lights,” which is about a small town in Texas in which high school football becomes one of the most important parts of life. Adapted from the 2004 movie of the same name, the show debuted in October 2006. As of January 2009, the show is in season three. As for her acting, Palicki's portrayal of town vixen Tyra Collette won acclaim from USA Today, who heralded her work as fantastic and also distinguished the program as superb.
Outside of “Friday Night Lights,” Palicki had an unaccredited role in the 2007 miniseries “Winter Tales,” for director/writer Adam Green, and lent her voice to the animated TV series “Robot Chicken” (2 episodes, 2007-2008) and for the Seth Green-directed cartoon television movie “Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II” (2008), which won three Annie Awards in 2009, including Best Animated Television Production and Best Writing in an Animated Television Production or Short Form.
The rising actress will star with Carla Gugino, Marley Shelton and her “Friday Night Lights” costar, Connie Britton, in the comedy “Women in Trouble” (2009), directed and helmed by Sebastian Gutierrez. She is also set to work with Paul Bettany, Dennis Quaid, Kate Walsh, Kevin Durand, Lucas Black and Tyrese Gibson in the thriller “Legion,” which is scheduled for a 2010 release. Palicki is currently filming “Elektra Luxx” (2010), a sequel to “Women in Trouble.”
“I would love to do Broadway. I don't think there's anything more amazing than theatre. Okay, Supergirl is number one. Maybe I could be Supergirl on Broadway! That would be perfect.” Adrianne Palicki