Keke Palmer Says ‘I Was Trapped’ While Opening Up About Her Experiences As A Child Actor
Keke Palmer admits that being a child star isn’t glitz and glam all the time.
In a recent interview, actress Keke Palmer, 29, spoke about what it was like “feeling trapped” while acting as a child on the Nickelodeon series “True Jackson, VP.” Keke Palmer, who starred on the show when she was just 15 years old, revealed her lowest point came during a seven-day Nickelodeon cruise during the show’s three-year run. She said,
“I felt like I was walking around in a SpongeBob suit that I couldn’t take off.”
“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.”
The “Nope” actress added:
“People don’t realize what it took to even get to the point where I could play that part. Nobody would have seen me playing that role if it hadn’t been for all the things that I’d done prior, so I’m proud of it for more reasons than one.”
The Illinois native then explained the difference between her public image and who she is in her personal life.
“I’m a quirky artist, but I’m an artist, and it’s important for people to understand that Keke is just a part of who I am. It’s been a winding road of trying to figure out how to do what I love but also exist outside of this caricature.”
The singer, whose first name is Lauren, said:
“I’m just saying that I’m not like that all the time. 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.”
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