Keke Palmer

21 Questions with Keke Palmer

At just 19 years old, the former child star is coming into her own and ready to get up close and personal

Melanie Yvette

by Melanie Yvette, October 18, 2012

Keke Palmer

Keke Palmer

While in New York City hosting a rally at Dove's 3rd Annual Self-Esteem Weekend, actress Keke Palmer kicked off her shoes with to give us the inside scoop on who she really is off-screen, the one person she'd love to play in a movie, and whether she's a chocolate or vanilla kind of girl.

EBONYMany may not know, but your nickname is Keke? What’s your real name?

Keke Palmer: Yup. My real name is Lauren.

EBONY: We’re both Virgos. Actually, we have the same birthday! People always have this thing about Virgos. What do you think is the number one thing people misconstrue abut Virgos?

KP: Oh my gosh, that’s amazing! Happy birthday, girl! I think the biggest thing people misconstrue about us is that we are cold. We’re not cold at all. Most of the time I’m just seeing if you’re a good person, and I’m analyzing you to make sure you're somebody that deserves to be in my life.

EBONY: What is your biggest fear?

KP: Not being emotionally happy. Not being happy really is my fear.

EBONY: What would like to do before you’re 30?

KP: Maybe win a Grammy or Oscar.

EBONY: My favorite song of yours is “Dance Alone.” What is your favorite song?

KP: My favorite song off the mixtape would have to be “Dip 2 Nite.” I also love “If 6 Were 9.”

EBONY: What was your first big purchase?

KP: A Louis Vuitton [bag.]. It was between $700 and $1,000!

EBONY: Are you a beauty girl or are you a fashion girl?

KP: I’m both.

EBONY: Do you believe there are any limitations in life, In terms of what you can do?

KP: No. I think you can do anything you put your mind to. I think your mind is the worst thing you can use as a reason to not do something.

EBONY: What can you say has been the biggest struggle with your career?

KP: I think one of the struggles that annoy me the most is the age thing, to be too young to play an older character, or old to play a younger character. It’s been just really annoying.

EBONY: Do you like good boys or the bad boys?

KP: I like the medium boys. Not real perfect, but not too bad either.

EBONY: Where was your first date?

KP: I’ve never really had a first date! Well, I had kind of a first date. I went out with this kid. We went ice skating, but it was not fun. It was so terrible that I told him my curfew was a lot earlier than it really was.

EBONY: When the lights go off and the red carpet is rolled up, who is Keke Palmer?  

KP: A regular teenager, very regular. You know, watching TV, chilling, getting my nails done, whatever. A very normal, regular, young, nothing-out-of-the-ordinary teenager.

EBONY: What do you think people would be surprised to know about you?

Keke: That I love piercings. I have so many of them in my ear. I just like them.

EBONY: Really? Piercings? All right.                  

KP: I love accessorizing different things with my ears.

EBONY: Any tattoos?

KP: Yeah, I have four, but all are in hidden places.

EBONY: What character do you want to play in your career that you haven’t played?

KP: I would love to do a biopic of Aaliyah's life.

EBONY: Chocolate or vanilla?

KP: Vanilla. Wait, do you mean ice cream or guys?

EBONY: There was no pun intended. [Laughs] But let's say guys.

KP: I mean, I don’t really focus on color or anything.

EBONY: Who’s your favorite person to follow on Instagram?

KP: I love Instagram! I like LaLa Anthony and Rihanna’s photos. They always have great photos. 

EBONY: What's one thing that surprised you about the entertainment industry?

KP: People can be really desperate, willing do anything.

EBONY: What is your dying wish for young Black girls around the world?

KP: To be comfortable with whom you are. To be you and not be afraid of that, love yourself and enjoy life. Be free. I think people should have fun. And don’t get so down on yourself. Enjoy life and be the best person you can be.



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