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Keke Palmer Looking To Shake Up Her "Good Girl" Image With "Slutty" Role In Upcoming Indie "Virgin Mary"

by Tambay A. Obenson
January 10, 2012 10:34 AM
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First announced last September... Keke Palmer's next project will see her co-starring alongside Abigail Breslin in an indie feature drama titled Virgin Mary - a coming-of-age story in the tradition of Sixteen Candles.

The plot centers on a 15-year-old (Abigail Breslin) who vows to have sex with her best male friend if they're still virgins by the time they turn 18. Palmer will assume BBF (Best Black Friend) duties to Breslin's starring character in a film that will be directed by Beth Schacter.

And that's just about all we've reported of Palmer's character... until now...

In an interview with VibeVixen magazine, posted on their website late last week, the 18-year-old star shared a bit more about her role in Virgin Mary, stating:

We haven’t started to film it yet, but I’m very excited because this is something new for me. People have always known me, as I said, as Keke Palmer the “good girl.” In this movie, I’m not necessarily being a huge slut, but my character is just that. She’s like, ‘I’m a sex enthusiast. That’s who I am,’ but the reason why I chose this film was because it’s different from what everybody knows me as. And this character spoke to me because she was funny, she was likeable… Even if I didn’t play the character, you would immediately love her because she’s just lovable. It’s almost like [Draya] on Basketball Wives LA. People can say whatever they want about her, but you like Draya because that’s who she is. You either like her or you don’t. No fronting, no nothing.

Well, there you go...So she's the BBF who's also a slut :)

Seems to me that playing "a slut" on film is often the path actresses ("Good Girls" as she put it) choose to shake up their public images, and be seen as edgy or *adult*; or like it's some right of passage from kidulthood actress to adulthood actress, to borrow from 2 Noel Clarke films.

I think you can be edgy and adult on film without relying on your sexuality to get you there.

Although, let me also say that there's absolutely nothing wrong with a sexually assertive woman (key word there being woman); men fuck around, so why can't women? There's obviously a difference in the public's perception of both. And maybe more significantly, given the lack of variety in how black people (black women in this specific case) are portrayed on screen, big and small (and other reasons) Palmer's "sex enthusiast" BBF role here won't be one that black audiences will embrace fully and universally. 

Anywho... as she notes, filmming hasn't started yet.

Palmer will next be seen co-starring alongside Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton in Joyful Noise, in theaters this weekend.

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  • MsWilliamsWorld | January 16, 2012 6:55 PMReply

    Ehh, I don't mind her spreading her uhhh, 'WINGS,'--like others here have said, it depends on how it's done and/or what the role is. As long as she doesn't graduate from the "Megan Good School of Slutty Typecasting," it should be okay.

  • Geneva Girl | January 11, 2012 3:38 AMReply

    As the mother of a KeKe Palmer fan, I am a bit disappointed that this how she wants to shake up her image. My daughter, and I, especially like her because she is wholesome. We go out of our way to watch True Jackson. I would have preferred her to take an action role versus one that trades on her sexuality. While it is important for her to expand her horizons, she shouldn't abandon her fan base.

  • KeepingItReal | January 11, 2012 1:24 PM

    Get over it! KeKe has bills to pay. Its bettter to play a slut than be one!

  • bbdoodles | January 11, 2012 12:07 AMReply

    It makes me sad that young women in Hollywood (of all colors) have to either play the druggie or the sex addict to be considered a 'serious actor.' I know there are no other available roles or paths at the moment, but still makes me very sad.

  • bohemian_princess | January 10, 2012 3:58 PMReply

    Puhleez with most of these responses. So she's playing a slut. News flash sluts are people too. She's an actress and part of her job is to explore the human condition with all it's complexities. Actors aren't supposed to necessarily judge the characters they portray but to explore them and all of their complexities with as much honesty as they can. That's what she's doing. She wanted a more adult role and this is the path she choose. Don't pass judgement with the limited information we have and stop reading more into than you need to. The role just might pleasantly surprise you.

  • KeepingItReal | January 10, 2012 5:01 PM

    You spoke the truth here!

  • AMEN | January 10, 2012 3:00 PMReply

    Its not about black audiences embracing her role fully and universally. Its about doing the work. Her career is not limited to the black audience. I can guarantee other audiences will embrace and enjoy the role for what it is. I don't think no one should limit themselves just to please a specific group of people. Either you like it or you don't. Where others won't support others will. LET THE CHURCH SAY AMEN!

  • KeepingItReal | January 10, 2012 5:02 PM


  • Worried4KeKe | January 10, 2012 12:51 PMReply

    "Q: What are the chances that they pair her up with a black actor in this more mature, slut-like role? A: Slim, to none." What about the brothers? We'd like to pretend to smash KeKe, too. I mean, damn.

  • Zeus | January 10, 2012 11:39 AMReply

    From church girl to lovable slut. I dig it. :) Taking a page from Keisha Knight Pullmian.

  • Vanessa | January 10, 2012 11:28 AMReply

    I'm having a problem with actors wanting to "shake up" a current image based on their screen work. She is an actor and also a young adult, so yeah, naturally some of her roles from now on will involve her sexuality. Like I said before, it depends on the film and how it's done. Ultimately, she IS an actor; that's what you're supposed to do - breathe life into different characters whether they're sexually liberated/slutty whatever. It's film. It doesn't mean Keke won't get to play future characters that don't revolve around sex, unless she gets pigeon-holed and that's never good. The goal should be to play all kinds of different characters, not just shake a "good girl" image. What's a good girl anyway?? A girl that waits until marriage to have sex? smh.

  • Tamara | January 10, 2012 11:03 AMReply

    I completely agree with you Tambay. So she has the good girl image. That's great, but there are ways to 'mature' without skipping 'sexy but w/ integrity' and going straight to 'slutting it up' as a way to be 'edgy'. That's a pigeon-hole or bottle-neck* standard that someone has set into place and it needs to be changed, right away! Actresses do it. Singers do it. But oh, there are so many ways to change and to be viewed as "different", so many ways to mature as an artist than traveling this path...

    And she used Draya (non-actress, reality tv-"star") as an example? What the what?

    Her next role she should seek out a gun or a tazer or a blaster or an army tank or a fighter jet or a beaker or a coat of limited visibility or... well, those roles have to exist, be written, don't they. That's a segway into a discussion for another day. Good luck, Keke.

  • Vanessa | January 10, 2012 10:55 AMReply

    It REALLY depends on how it's done, and how complex her character is. Soo portraying a "slut" or in this case a "sexually assertive woman" may not be so exploitative/slutty/degrading at all. Again, it just depends how it's done.

    She is a sexual being, and sexuality is a big part of life; what's the big deal of exploring it on film? As long as it's not gratuitous. *shrug* I would take more offense if the film is about exploring sexuality and Palmer, as a BBF, doesn't get to shed her character's layers regarding the topic during the film. Too soon to tell.

  • JAY | January 10, 2012 10:42 AMReply

    Good grief. Judd Apatow for high school girls, now.

  • Akimbo | January 16, 2012 12:06 PM

    He's already covered high school. It was called Freaks and Geeks and it was really good.

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