You probably know her best as Tyra Collette, the saucy, statuesque blonde who turned heads and broke hearts on NBC’s Friday Night Lights. But these days, Adrianne Palicki’s got a couple new gigs: as a spokesbabe for AXE Face and as Lady Jaye in G.I. Joe: Retaliation. The outspoken beauty opens up on grooming tips, dating advice and her surprising moustache crush.
MADE MAN: Congrats on G.I. Joe: Retaliation! Your brother is a comic book writer. Did you read the comics or watch the cartoon growing up? ADRIANNE PALICKI: Oh yeah. I was in love with Jinx, because if you wanna be anything as a kid, you wanna be a ninja. And actually I’m not a kid anymore and I wanna be a ninja. It just never goes away.
MM: Stays with ya. But you are not Jinx, you are Lady Jaye… AP: Lady Jaye is a badass. I like that she’s one of the boys. She’s not prissy. She pulls her hair back in a ponytail, she wears fatigues and is like “Here, Let me show you what I can do with a gun.” She doesn’t mess around. I love that.
MM: So you’re repping AXE Face. What do you look for in a man’s facial grooming? AP: Women love a soft face. And it can be with facial hair or without. I actually really like facial hair, but I don’t like the chafing thing. And not only just in relationships, but I get that working on set with guys. Makeout scenes don’t last five minutes, they last, like, four hours. And there’s nothing worse than coming home and being like, “I can’t, don’t touch my face.”
MM: Four-hour makeout scenes, huh? AP: I have a rough job. Sucks that the guys all so unattractive, you know what I mean? It sucks, it sucks.
MM: MM: How do you feel about a sweet moustache? AP: As long as it’s not an ironic moustache. One of my biggest crushes has a handlebar, and he rocks the handlebar and he’s the creator of the handlebar, and it’s Sam Elliott. I love Sam Elliott. I still think he’s one of the sexiest men alive. He’s a dude, and he’s rocking that thing, and he’s cool.
MM: MM: Any other major do’s and don’ts for a guy’s grooming? AP: Just don’t overdo it. Don’t let me know you’re overdoing it. If you’re plucking your eyebrows before a date, that’s a problem. I don’t wanna know if you’re wearing lip gloss or makeup. Excessive metrosexuality isn’t for me. I like a dude.
MM: Outside of grooming, what’s the number one thing a guy can do to impress a lady? AP: Be yourself, man. No matter who you are, being yourself is awesome. Because you can tell fake a mile away. And you don’t want anybody who conforms to what they think you want. That’s boring.
MM: What if yourself is a dick, though? AP: Then you know what, you’re just going to end up alone, and sad, so maybe you should work on that.
MM: That’s good! According to our research, you are 5’11”. Does it help for a guy to be a tall drink of water? AP: Yes. I prefer a taller guy. I am a very tall woman, and I like to feel like a lady. And it’s hard when the guy is 5’9”. I’m like, “I can carry you across the threshold, don’t worry about it…”
MM: You have a fair number of tattoos. What’s your favorite? AP: I do, I have eight. I think the one down my spine is my favorite. I have “What doesn’t kill me makes me stronger” in Hebrew. And I love my angel wings. My brother just got his. And we’re writing a comic book together called No Angel. I’m excited about it.
MM: So do you prefer a tattooed dude? AP: I like tats. I’m a fan of them. I don’t like it to be overdone, but I wouldn’t diss a guy because he has lots of tattoos. I love tattoos.
MM: Are there any taboo tattoos for a guy? AP: Uh, another lady’s name on their body that’s not their mother, grandmother or sister. Not OK. Or daughter. Even then that’s a little awkward, because that means that they have children. Anyways…
MM: This is the sort of unflinching honesty we’re looking for. AP:Ha ha, OK, good!