DeKalb, IL — Actress KeKe Palmer has been in the spotlight since she was young. From her roles in “Akeelah and the Bee” to “True Jackson, VP", her road to stardom wasn’t always easy.
The 27-year-old actress shared on Laura Brown’s “Ladies First” podcast that she struggled early on in her career.
"At a young age, as a child [in the] entertainer world, your emotions are always the last thing that people care about," she told Brown, the editor-in-chief of In Style. "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."
Over time, the Harvey, Illinois native became less worried about what people thought of her. Last year, a video of her imploring a member of the National Guard to march alongside protestors during one of the summer's Black Lives Matter demonstrations went viral.
"I feel like there's such a division being created in society right now from every angle, whether you're in the military, whether you're Black, white, whatever, that I just felt like we all need to come together and I think I just was really overwhelmed and I didn't know really what I was saying,” Palmer told Jimmy Kimmel in June. “I was just really speaking from my heart and how I was feeling."