Keke Palmer Sang Her Favorite Jennifer Lopez Song For Her ‘Hustlers’ Co-Stars
Singer and actress Keke Palmer is having a great year. Her new film, Hustlers, is getting a lot of attention at Toronto International Film Festival, and it will be released in theaters on Sept. 13, 2019. While promoting the film, Palmer spoke about her co-stars, including the song of Jennifer Lopez‘s that she sang for them on set.
How did Keke Palmer become famous?
Palmer started acting at a young age, first appearing in the movie Barbershop 2: Back in Business at just 10 years old. After appearing on a few TV series an putting out some music for Disney Channel, the actress got her breakout role in the Nickelodeon series True Jackson, VP in 2008.
From there, Palmer began to take on more adult roles. She had recurring roles in series such as Masters of Sex and 90210 before landing a main role in the FOX horror show Scream Queens. Palmer also voices the character Peaches for the Ice Age franchise and starred in the Grease: Live TV special in 2016 as Marty Maraschino.
She stars in the new movie ‘Hustlers’
The last couple of years have been very busy for Palmer. She recurred on the now-canceled musical drama Star while starring in Epix drama Berlin Station (which also came to an end this year). And she joined the cast of the VH1 slasher series Scream for its third season.
But her biggest role this year is in the highly anticipated upcoming dramedy Hustlers. The film, which recently premiered at TIFF, follows a group of strippers in New York who use their position to manipulate the men of Wall Street following the financial crisis of 2008. Palmer stars alongside Constance Wu, Cardi B, and Jennifer Lopez in the flick.
What song of JLo’s does Palmer love the most?
Palmer calls herself a “very big fan” of Lopez’s, adding “especially with Selena,” referring to Lopez’s biopic from the ‘90s in which she starred as the late songstress, considered her breakout role. Palmer told Jimmy Kimmel on his show that she “fell in love with that movie so much — and her — I don’t speak any Spanish but I learned a whole Selena song from that movie because of that movie.”
After belting out a few bars on-air, Palmer said that she sang the song as a karaoke number on the last day of filming. The only problem? “She was the only person that wasn’t there,” said Palmer of Lopez. But the superstar still knew about her co-star’s love of her role. “She knew because I did also another impersonation,” said Palmer, busting out one of the most iconic lines from Selena.
Here’s what else Palmer is working on
Palmer’s got a new gig. She’s the co-host of a Good Morning America program, now titled GMA3: Strahan, Sara, and Keke. Palmer got the gig after filling in for Sara Haines. Kimmel asked her how it evolved from a one-time thing to a full-time job, and it sounds like the process was simple.
“So I did an interview [on GMA],” said Palmer. “I was just a guest. And they said, ‘Hey if you ever want to host, or just guest host, come on by.’ And it went from there to ‘Hey, if you want to hang with us all summer, hang with us all summer.’ And then it ended up [with] me staying.”