She also talks about her new film Joyful Noise!
Some of you may know Keke Palmer from True Jackson, VP, but it’s about time you knew her as a singer and film star.
Could you tell us a little bit about the film?
Joyful Noise, well it has a few different things going in one story, but the main thing would have to be people in a church choir trying to make it to the national choir competition to pretty much uplift the community. Then in that story there are a lot of different things going on. So one of the main messages of the film is just change and realising that not all change is bad, some change is good and learn from it. Also, it’s about coming of age and finding yourself and an older woman realising that the relationship with her daughter is changing and a young boy finding his-self. But there are a lot of different stories in that main one.
In the film Queen Latifah plays your mum, which must have been really exciting?
Yeah, I got to work with her on my first thing ever when I was nine, so this time is was good because I was older and I got to know her better. She’s always been so nice and it was great to get back in touch.
And what was it like getting to act opposite Dolly Parton as well?
Oh it was amazing! You could never imagine that happen to you, because she hasn’t been in movies for a long time and to have her doing the movie that I did as her first movie back into the being an actress, it was pretty awesome.
Did Queen Laitfah or Dolly have any advice for you before starting the shoot?
Well no. That was the one thing is that they didn’t make out like ‘we’re these big stars and you have this good opportunity’, they always made everybody on set feel like they were just the same and that made a big different, even though they are these huge icons, they never made a point to show that. You would see them and they would talk to you and cheer you on, so they always made everybody feel like you were equal.
In the film your mum is very over-protective and we were just wondering if you have any advice for children who maybe want to break out of their shell, but they have these protective parents who might be stopping them?
It’s just a process. You just got to learn over time to understand where they’re coming from and that’s it’s not as easy for them as you think it may be. It’s just as hard for them. Just as much as you want to get out there, they want to hold on to you and keep you in their lives. So you’ve kind of got to understand that, if you had a child, somebody who was there with you always who you were really close to and that took care of them, it would be kind of hard for you to cut it off and let them do their own thing and make their own mistakes.
In the film there was a really emotional scene between you and Queen Latifah where you had a huge argument with here. Could you tell us a bit about what it was like to shoot?
Oh yes, it was awful for me. And she actually slapped me in the face! She was really afraid to really slap me, but I wasn’t because I thought it would be good to really just slap me to get that kind of intensity. You know, I thought she did a good thing, got that slap in there real good.
How did you yourself for that scene before hand?
I actually had a deep conversation with my mother before then, because she always helps me get into the moment that I need to get in for crying and being emotional. So I just had a quick conversation with her and she got me into that state of mind where I could really just let out everything.
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