I'm an actor. I have to play weird characters, quirky characters, strange characters, sometimes characters I don't understand.

Keke Palmer

Keke Palmer

Profession: Actress
Nationality: American

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I named my album 'So Uncool' because it defies the ordinary: you're different from everyone else. It's like, being uncool makes you cool because you're different!

Follow your heart's truth with no need for personal gain other than the feeling produced when doing what you truly love.

I don't belong to anyone else but myself. I have to make my own decisions. Happiness is defined by me.

As you age, you start to realize that your emotions are in your hands and not someone else's. Once you put them in someone else's hands, that's when you give them the power, and you can't change it. Only they can change it.

Growing up in the industry, sometimes you can feel as if you're not having a normal childhood, but I feel like my parents involved me with a lot of people who made things as 'okay' as they possibly could.

Comedians like to see people smile. With acting, I love giving people a feeling, an emotion. I like to give people a feeling. When they come away from my scene, I want them to think.

My father's a deacon, my mother's a choir director, so I grew up in the church and singing in the choir, begging my mom if I could have a solo.

Singing was my first passion. Whenever I sing, I'm always so happy.

Queen Latifah has been a huge part of my career. She has been a huge, huge part of my career since the very beginning.

Team playing, that's what I see when I'm out there watching the WNBA games. All the girls play as a team, and they have each other's backs, and that's great.

There've been times where, like when I auditioned for 'Akeelah,' I think in the first audition I was a little bit afraid because it was, you know, I had seen girls in there that I had seen on TV before, and I was like, 'Man, I might as well just walk out of here now because I'm just a newcomer,' and this and that.

I believe your reality is what you make it, what you choose to see, and what you choose to allow yourself to do. There are possibilities all around you - magic all around you - no matter what situation you're in.

I think you can do anything you put your mind to. I think your mind is the worst thing you can use as a reason to not do something.

I love music and I love acting. I always keep that in the forefront, not all the other distractions around me.