"I had some of the best moments of my life on The Orville, such as beating the crap out of Charlize Theron." ― Adrianne Palicki[[source]]
Adrianne Palicki is an American actress who plays Commander Kelly Grayson on The Orville.


Adrianne Palicki has had a long career acting in sci-fi and action related media. She played Agent Bobbi Morse on Marvel's The Agents of Shield, Ms. Perkins in the John Wick film franchise, Jaye in G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Jessica Moore on the TV series Supernatural, and even Diana Prince in a failed 2011 TV pilot for a Wonder Woman series.

The OrvilleEdit

Creator Seth MacFarlane approached Adrianne Palicki directly to fill the role of Kelly Grayson, giving her a copy of the pilot script to read first.[1] At the time, the two had been friends for over ten years.[1] Palicki has repeatedly said that she was convinced to join The Orville after reading only the first five pages. "You kind of meet Kelly when Ed [Mercer] walks in on her with a blue alien, and ... some blue stuff comes out of [the alien's] ear, head, whatever, and covers her. It was one of those things where I lost my mind laughing."[2][3] After, MacFarlane asked if she wanted the role, to which Palicki enthusiastically agreed.[1]

Palicki fell in love with her character, finding Kelly to mirror her own personality in some ways,[4] but she worried that the extremely funny opening of the pilot made it difficult to portray Grayson in a way that would be sympathetic with audiences.[2] "This was going to be the biggest challenge of my life," Palicki recalled in a November 30, 2017, interview. "To come back from that as a character and hopefully win people over."[2]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Radish, Christina. "‘The Orville’: Adrianne Palicki on the Incredible Sets and the Hopeful Side of Sci-Fi". Collider. Oct. 5, 2017.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Seth MacFarlane and Adrianne Palicki". The Talk. Nov. 30, 2017.
  3. Palicki also said this a month earlier. "Adrianne Palicki Chats About The New FOX Series, "The Orville"". BUILD Series. Oct. 4, 2017.
  4. "THE ORVILLE Exclusive Seth MacFarlane & Cast Interviews - #SDCC 2017". JoBlo TV Show Trailers. July 24, 2017.