Rachel's role was kept a secret, even to her, for a whole month after she was cast in 2009's Star Trek. At first, she was speculated to play Captain Kirk's love interest, Janice Rand. Then it was revealed that she would be Gaila, an Orion woman. In Star Trek history, Orions are green-skinned and known for their sexual prowess.
While getting her skin airbrushed green on set, Nichols would spectualte who could be her next boyfriend: The Hulk, Kermit, the Green Goblin. We're humans and all, but no guy in his right mind would scoff at the chance to date an alien chick as hot as Rachel Nichols.