Keke Palmer: 'Being Black Didn't Stop Me From Going After Cinderella Role'

Keke Palmer: 'Being Black Didn't Stop Me From Going After Cinderella Role'

Keke Palmer rocks a spiky pixie cut on the January 2015 cover of Essence magazine.

The 20-year-old actress opened up to the glossy about taking on Broadway as the first African American Cinderella and more. Check it:

On being the first African Cinderella: “I know that the role of Cinderella is primarily for a Caucasian girl, but it didn’t stop me from going in and it didn’t stop them from seeing me. There is a bit of intimidation. You think about Denzel [Washington], Viola Davis, and you think, only great people can do Broadway. That was the scariest thing about it, but I’m the type who thrives on pressure.”

On being single: “I realized that I’m a lot freer of a spirit. That was the beginning of me standing up for myself. I would love to have somebody but this is such a great time in my life, in my career. I really am liking myself.”

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  • Vinoshini

    Keke is not the first African American to play Cinderella. Brandy played Cinderella in 1997, in Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, with Whitney Houston as her fairy godmother. Whoopi Goldberg played the Queen alongside Victor Garber as thr king and Paolo Montalban as the prince. It was an amazing multicultural affair.