Known in Twitter poetry as being “reserved and busy,” Keke Palmer has established herself as an actress, host, comedian, and musician at just 28 years old. But Palmer recently revealed that this wasn’t always the case an interview With Glamor Magazine.
Nearly 20 years ago, she made her acting debut in Ice Cube’s Barbershop 2: Back in Business, where she played Queen Latifah’s niece, Jenna. Prior to her breakthrough role in 2006’s “Akeelah and the Bee,” Palmer auditioned for the role of Ice Cube’s daughter in the 2005 family comedy, Are We There Yet? However, the role ended up going to Alicia Allen, something 12-year-old Palmer was very disappointed.
“I remember being so sad that I didn’t understand it,” she told Glamor Ruhama Wolle. “But when I look back, I wasn’t ready. When I was, I had the chance to do ‘The Longshots’ with the Ice Cube. That’s why I always say everything isn’t always yours.”
Since starring in “Akeelah and the Bee,” Palmer has appeared in more than 30 films and numerous television shows, from starring as “True Jackson, VP” on Nickelodeon from 2008 to 2010, even presenting her own talk show, “Just Keke,” on BET in 2014.
In addition to learning how to deal with rejection, Palmer also prides herself on not letting herself decide which roles to pursue.
“I think the most important key to my persistence is that I try not to have ego,” Palmer said recently. an interview With Kelly Carter from Andscape. “A lot of people say I did this and that so I can’t do this job. [Meanwhile] I like, are people cool? Is the material good? Will they have lunch? Let’s go!”
“I always keep what I’m passionate about and what I connect with…As an actor, the goal is to get a job and work. Whether it’s always going to be a huge movie or not is constantly in control. All you can do is hope for the best and do what you love.”
This year, Palmer has starred in Disney Pixar’s Lightyear as space ranger Izzy Hawthorne, and in the highly anticipated Jordan Peele movie, “Nope,” which opens in cinemas nationwide on Friday, June 22. The horror movie, starring Daniel Kaluuya, is also expected to make around $50 million, according to Limit.
Palmer evaded her enthusiasm for the film’s debut and gave a sneak peek at what viewers can expect in today’s show.
“Two main characters, Daniel and I, a brother and sister, have discovered something in the sky. They are on this journey, for various reasons, to discover exactly what it is. Daniel OJ’s character is weird, and my character is like how do we go about this? How can we exploit this? And through That journey, it’s really an observation about how many of us in today’s society are obsessed with external things like validating and exploiting and getting snapshots of it.”
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