Palicki is a radiant actress born who hails from Toledo, Ohio. Her credits include TV’s “Supernatural,” and “South Beach” but she is best known for her role in the acclaimed “Friday Night Lights” as Tyra Collette.
Here, Ms. Palicki plays the part of Charlie, a girl who works in a Southwestern diner who is pregnant with the messiah. She is protected by the Archangel Michael (Paul Bettany) from the masses of angels lead by the “eager to please” Gabriel (Kevin Durand).
On the film and its tone she says “It has religious undertones but the way I describe the movie to people is that it’s ‘Constantine’ meets ‘The Terminator.’ I really find it to be an action thriller. I don’t think it’s necessarily a horror movie but it definitely has that genre feel to it.”
When asked about her involvement in the action sequences she answers “Yes, all of them. I kick some ass but it’s hard to do when you’re uhhhh [making a pregnant stomach with her hands].”
How far along are you?
How old are you in the film?
“I’m twenty. She’s not anywhere near a virgin so when she finds out this is happening to her, that she’s pregnant with possibly the messiah, she doesn’t believe it obviously and doesn’t necessarily want anything to do with it. She wasn’t even planning on keeping the baby.”
On a character that gives her strength in the film she says “Paul Bettany, Michael. He’s sent there to protect her and makes her realize it’s her responsibility.”
Are you a fan of this kind of genre?
“Absolutely. I loved comicbooks for a very long time, my brother is a comicbook writer. He does well with comics on I’
. And he got me into it from a very young age. I actually came to Comic-Con last year just for fun. He wasn’t here. He’s actually here this time though.”
What kind of comicbooks did you read growing up?
“I personally fell in love with ‘Super Girl’ because it was somebody that I wanted to be. I was kind of this awkward young kid and my brother read all of these comicbooks with all these really strong male characters and I was like ‘I want to look like her. I want to be her.’ And so ‘Super Girl’ was always my hero.”
On her experience on being on the “Legion” panel and looking at all the thousands of people Palicki says “It’s fun. It’s scary. I mean, I hadn’t seen the trailer. I had not seen that. So I’m walking on stage, I’m shaking because that looks a lot better than I thought. I knew it was going to look great but I was like ‘man I can’t wait to see this film.’ It’s an interesting thing. I like coming as an actor more because you get a better pass and you jump the lines,” she giggles. “So that’s always nice.”
She talks about the experience of playing someone pregnant and says “The belly that I had to wear was actually ten pounds and it was more like from running its not like ahhh…I’m actually running like a pregnant woman would. I’m standing like she would and the hardest thing for me was I had to give birth and just going to let you know I don’t have any…you know…I couldn’t because I haven’t had children. And after holding that belly I don’t want to for a while!”
A question comes along where she’s asked on whether she visited any live birth which raises some eyebrows from various reporters on the table.
“Well it was funny on the day of I was like ‘I really have not researched this. I need to research this. I started freaking out and we were on a college campus shooting and I was like ‘can you get me ‘The Miracle of Life? I just want to see it right before I go on ok?’ So she can’t find ‘Miracle of Life’ but she finds this other birthing movie and of course there’s this woman who’s sitting there relaxed and they’re massaging her and the baby comes out and the placenta comes out. I was crying. Didn’t really help me. So I kind of just went with my instincts and prayed to God that people bought it. I bought it. It felt like I was pushing something out, you know what I mean?”
She’s doing the remake of “Red Dawn” after this and says “I’m playing Toni who’s originally played by Jennifer Grey. It’s interesting, it’s a much different movie. It is completely different. I actually just saw ‘Red Dawn’ for the first time a month ago. But after having read the script that I’m going to be in…it’s just such a completely different movie. It’s more character-driven, obviously the bad guys are different. There’s a lot more action. Tony Gilroy is writing the script, or he’s rewriting the script which is amazing. Dan Bradley, who was a second unit director in all the ‘Bourne’ movies and ‘Spider-Man.’ We’re not going to have a second unit, he’s going to do everything and we’re going to do all of our own action. It’s going to be really fun."
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