If you haven’t noticed, Keke Palmer is all grown up. Though the child star actress is known for her squeaky clean roles in films like “Akeelah and the Bee” and “Madea’s Family Reunion,” Palmer is ready to break out of her shell–but don’t expect to see her in the tabloids. The 19-year-old actress is taking a stab at music and released her self-titled mixtape with a more mature look and sound.
“People identify me with the wholesome characters I play but that’s only one part of who I am,” Palmer tells VIBE. “It takes time for people to get used to my music and me talking about mature things.” Palmer, who made her acting debut at the age of 10, just picked up a reprising role on the CW network’s 90210, and is laying down vocals in the studio for her next album.
As for what singer she’d like to play in a biopic? “Aaliyah,” she says. “That would mean so much to me because I love her and her music inspired so many including me.” The Midwest-turned-Cali triple threat’s reign doesn’t seem to be letting off anytime soon. Check out her favorite spots to grab some grub in LA when she’s not in the studio or in front of the camera.