At fifteen, Keke Palmer has already starred in box office hits like Akeelah and the Bee and the Disney movie, Jump In! with Corbin Bleu. Now, Keke has landed the starring role in the new Nickelodeon TV show, True Jackson, VP, premiering on November 8 on 9:30-10:00PM ET, following the new iCarly movie. Keke Palmer sat down with Blogcritics for an exclusive interview.
As Keke describes it, True Jackson, VP is “about a fifteen-year-old girl [True] that gets a vice president job at a huge fashion company. And now she kind of realizes it’s not that different from high school.”
Keke plays main character, True, who “is very optimistic and nice and kind of outgoing and kind of really funny.” Keke also sings the theme song of the show. “I co-wrote it and sang it. I’m really happy about that.”
Keke adds about her cast, “We always joke each other, but the chemistry’s so great, so it’s back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. I guess I couldn’t ask for a better cast. We all get along. We’re all like best friends actually.” There are also embarrassing moments on set like “this one scene, this girl had dropped some water and I wasn’t supposed to fall, but it accidentally happened and I fell on my face.”
On set, Keke and co-star Ashley Argota have school in the morning, “Sometimes — Ashley will tell you — I’ll be pretending I’m reading and I’ll be asleep and my teacher won’t notice.”
“The audition process was really fun,” Keke continued. “I heard about the project and I wanted to read the script. I thought it was the most amazing thing I’ve ever read. It was smart and amazing. I wanted to be on it. So, I auditioned for the show. I put what I thought True’s style would be all together. Luckily, they liked it and I got a call back and another call back and I got the part.”
Asking if she was a fashion expert, Keke said, “Not yet. After this show, I’m sure I can become one.”
Recently, Keke starred in Jump In! with High School Musical’s Corbin Bleu. On that experience, she said, “Oh, Corbin! I had a lot of fun with him. I hadn’t known about him until they told me he was in High School Musical and I had to go watch it now to find out who he is. Working with him was awesome.”