BUNDLE OF JOY
Co-stars Keke Palmer and Kirk Franklin talk about their film, Palmer’s first screen kiss and Franklin’s gun
Joyful Noise, starring Queen Latifah, Dolly Parton and Keke Palmer hits theaters Friday, January 13. The 18-year-old Palmer, who plays Olivia in the film, had no problem transitioning from her to this more mature role, where she shares her first on-screen kiss. And she had no problem holding her own with this multitalented, multigenerational and multicultural cast. The young singer/actress even picked up a few tips and trade secrets from the CoverGirl and the country star.
Queen Latifah opens up about music, movies and love.
up: When did it click for you—the acting bug?
Q.L.: The movie Set It Off, for sure. I had met the director, F. Gary Gray, on the set of a music video. And I told him I wanted to play against type. All the roles I’d been offered had been Queen Latifah-roles. Or roles like Khadijah on Living Single. I wanted to play a villain, a lesbian, anything different from Latifah and Khadijah. When Set It Off came across Gary’s desk, he brought me in to audition. I got a prop gun from the Living Single set and I came there owning that Cleo role.