Keke Palmer // Good Day New York

16-year-old Keke Palmer is currently the star of Nickelodeon’s #2 show “True Jackson, VP” but when the deal for her own show was brought to the table, the young actress (who had already been in a few films) was hesitant to accept because she didn’t want big time movie producers to just see her as a TV actress. But she says she’s glad she took the once in a lifetime opportunity because it’s opening even more doors for her career!

“I didn’t want to make it seem like I was less serious about movies, but I’m about to do an album with Interscope and my parents thought it would be good to broaden my audience with kids. I am now so glad I did it,” she tells Variety. “Execs watch the show with their kids and think of me for projects. They see I have a big fanbase, and it opens doors.”

In addition to her show, which is second to Miranda Cosgrove‘s “iCarly,” Keke has starred in big movies like “Akeelah and the Bee” and Tyler Perry’s “Madea’s Family Reunion.” The teenage star is also an aspiring singer and is on the verge of releasing her first studio album (via her deal with Interscope Records). She premiered her song “Top of the World” during the 83rd Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this year.

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