Step Into Your Power! Keke Palmer Talks Playing Cinderella, Her Breakup & Thriving On Pressure

To kick off the New Year, ESSENCE spotlighted 21-year-old Keke Palmer, who is brilliantly stepping into a new chapter of her life.


The former child star who captured our hearts in ‘Akeelah and the Bee’, is now all grown up and making major career moves.

Read excerpts from her interview:

On Playing Cinderella

I know that the role of Cinderella is primarily for a Caucasian girl, but it didn’t stop me from going in and it didn’t stop them from seeing me,” says Palmer. “There is a bit of intimidation. You think about  Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, and you think, Only great people can do Broadway. That was the scariest thing about it, but I’m the type who thrives on pressure.”

Keke Palmer

On her breakup

I realized that I’m a lot freer of a spirit. That was the beginning of me standing up for myself. I would love to have somebody but this is such a great time in my life, in my career. I really am liking myself.

Keke Palmer

On Staying Positive

I sometimes have an issue of wanting everybody to have that positive outlook, but you can’t change the way anybody else is gonna think.

Keke Palmer




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