Rachel Nichols, who brings the green-skinned Orion look to 2009’s Star Trek in her role as Cadet Gaila, is a 1980 native of Augusta, Maine. She first drew notice with her breakout lead in the 2003 comedy Dumb and Dumberer, and then worked with director J.J. Abrams in her role as CIA Agent Rachel Gibson on the last two seasons of his hit series Alias. She also had 13 episodes playing Ashley Seaver on CBS’s Criminal Minds in 2010-11.

Nichols’ increasingly active film resume has included spotlight roles in the 2005 remake of The Amityville Horror, then Charlie Wilson’s War. She was Julia in Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2, and “Scarlett” in GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra