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 EBONY.com 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.