Keke Palmer has made historic leaps in her profession, together with changing into the first Black woman to land her personal present on Nickelodeon.
But now she’s trying again on a tough time with the community that left her feeling “trapped.”
In a dialog with The Hollywood Reporter Wednesday, the “Nope” actor recalled a time when she was provided an all-expenses-paid journey courtesy of the (now discontinued) Nickelodeon Cruises at age 15.
Though she was conscious that she must dedicate time to signing autographs, she anticipated with the ability to additionally unwind along with her household. However, issues didn’t go based on plan, with Palmer admitting she spent a lot of the journey in her resort room.
“I felt like I was walking around in a SpongeBob suit that I couldn’t take off,” Palmer stated, who starred because the main woman within the sequence “True Jackson, VP.”
“I was trapped. I couldn’t leave my room without someone coming up to me calling me True Jackson. What you are, to everyone, is just a character … just part of their experience,” she continued.
The primetime Emmy winner even shared that she finally fainted from anxiousness in the course of the journey.
She starred within the teen sitcom, which aired from 2008-2011, earlier than showing in 2006′s “Akeelah and the Bee” and Disney’s 2007 movie “Jump In.”
Palmer, who later moved on to take extra mature grownup roles in tasks resembling “Pimp” (2018), “Hustlers” (2019) and “Alice” (2022), additionally spoke on the work she put in to construct a public persona separate from her childhood legacy.
“I’m just saying that I’m not like that all the time,” she defined. “I’ve taken those flamboyant and interesting aspects of myself and learned how to use them in a space that has become a career for me. I’m Walt Disney. That’s Mickey Mouse.”
The entertainer was named the most recent face of the UGG model in September and launched her Key TV Network’s first sequence, “Heaux & Tell,” earlier this month.
Speaking on her digital community’s debut in an interview with xoNecole, the actor defined, “KeyTV is about bringing new perspectives to the table and platforming creators who have something to say. Overall, I want the network to deliver content that is relatable to our generation with characters you feel like you know, and ‘Heaux & Tell,’ our first scripted series, delivers on that and more.”
She added that the present seen “through the eyes of three Black women” is about “real characters dealing with their problems, their wins, and their lovers in real-time – and having some real good messy fun along the way.”