Keke Palmer may have reached the peak of her acting career and accomplished milestones at an early age, but it wasn’t always easy for her.
She shared the struggles she had to face while growing up as a child actor and veered her fans towards seeing the not-so-glamourizing side of Hollywood.
The 27-year-old star has been working in the industry for almost decades. Keke made her film debut in Barbershop 2: Back in Business in 2004. Then, two years later, she earned a breakout role in Akeelah and the Bee.
In the latest episode of Ladies First with Laura Brown, Keke delved into the details of being in the industry for that long and still feeling ‘misunderstood.'
"At a young age in the child entertainer world, your emotions are always the last thing that people care about," Keke said. "I think you get really quickly into being a people-pleaser and trying to be everything that everybody wants you to be. And so I think in a lot of that, you end up being misunderstood. When you're not always being agreeable, you're a brat."
She went on, "It's always been a bit of a thing for me because people have had all these expectations of who they want me to be at a very young age: how they want me to act and how they want me to respond. I've fought a lot of that most of my adult life, and I'm still new into my adult life."
The True Jackson, VP actress admitted that she has been learning to make peace with the fact that she can’t keep everyone happy.
“I don't have to please anybody but myself. I find so much ease with being alone because I actually like me.”