Keke Palmer Passes on Whitney Houston Role


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BET talk show Just Keke host Keke Palmer recently opened up about her interview with Chris Brown’s girlfriend Karrueche Tran, her admiration of Rihanna and why she turned down the lead role in a Lifetime Whitney Houston biopic.

Actress, singer, songwriter, dancer, fashion designer, philanthropist, entrepreneur, talk show host and activist Lauren Keyana "Keke" Palmer, 20, became the youngest talk show host ever, when Just Keke premiered on June 30.

During her Wednesday sit down with Palmer, Karrueche Tran, 26, breaks down while discussing the slings and arrows of dating a celebrity (Brown), who has an ex who is even a bigger celebrity (Rihanna), and what all of that means for her Twitter account.

Here is a clip from Palmer's Tran interview:

Palmer later made it clear that her "dream" talk show guest is actually Rihanna, distancing herself from an association with the embattled Brown. “Rihanna is an individual,” Keke remarked, adding, “She represents everything that I believe in, which is being yourself and not allowing other people to change you.”

The wisdom of Keke:

Keke also revealed why she decided against pursuing a Whitney Houston role in an upcoming biopic. “Initially, I was thinking about the Whitney Houston [biopic] … to play Whitney,” Palmer commented. “But I don’t know if that was a story that I wanted to tell, because the family’s not involved, and that’s a big part for me.”

“I think if you’re going to do a movie or biopic about someone, the family needs to be involved, because you want it to be as honest as possible. I think that was what didn’t really make me go out for it.”

No stranger for made-for-TV fare, Keke has appeared in three Lifetime original movies - Abducted: The Carlina White Story, CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story, and The Trip to Bountiful. Palmer has also starred in Akeelah and the Bee, Madea's Family Reunion and Ice Age: Continental Drift.

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