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

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act January 10, 2012 at 10:34AM

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.
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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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