Keke Palmer has come a long way in her career, including becoming the first black woman to bring her own show to Nickelodeon.
But now she is thinking back to a difficult moment with the network that left her “trapped”.
In a conversation with The Hollywood Reporter On Wednesday, the “Nope” actor recalled a time when she was given an all-inclusive trip courtesy of (now discontinued) Nickelodeon Cruises at age 15.
While she knew she should have taken the time to sign autographs, she anticipated being able to relax with her family as well. However, things didn’t go to plan, with Palmer admitting that she spent most of the trip in his hotel room.
“I felt like I was walking around in a SpongeBob costume that I couldn’t take off,” said Palmer, who played the lead in the series “True Jackson, VP.”
“I was trapped. I couldn’t leave my room without someone coming up to me calling me True Jackson. Who you are, to everyone, is just a character… just a part of their experience,” he continued.
The prime time Emmy winner even shared that she finally passed out from anxiety during the trip.
She starred in the teen sitcom, which aired from 2008 to 2011, before appearing in the 2006 film “Akeelah and the Bee” and the 2007 Disney film “Jump In.”
Palmer, who later transitioned into more mature adult roles in projects like ‘Pimp’ (2018), ‘Hustlers’ (2019) and ‘Alice’ (2022), also spoke about working to build a separate public persona from his childhood legacy.
“I’m just saying I’m not always like that,” she explained. “I took those flamboyant and interesting aspects of myself and learned how to use them in a space that has become a career for me. I’m Walt Disney. That’s Mickey Mouse.
The entertainer was named the latest face of the UGG brand in September and released her first Key TV Network series, ‘Heaux & Tell,’ earlier this month.
Talking about her digital network debut in an interview with xo Necole, explained the actor, “KeyTV is about bringing new perspectives to the table and creating platforms that have something to say. Overall, I want the network to deliver content that is relatable to our generation with characters you feel you know, and ‘Heaux & Tell’, our first scripted series, delivers that and more.
She added that the show seen “through the eyes of three black women” is about “real characters dealing with their problems, their wins, and their lovers in real time — and having really messy fun along the way.”
New episodes of “Heaux & Tell” drop every Thursday on KeyTV Network Official Facebook And Youtube channels.