Keke Palmer's uplifting new flick, Joyful Noise hits theaters today and TWIST got to chat with Keke all about it! She spilled only to us the real reason why this movie is going to totally rock: "It's really funny and has lots of comedy! Also, it's a movie that you can go see with a group of people. It's something that you can all watch together and you'll have fun. You'll be able to relate to everything going on because it's family oriented, but at the same time, it's not beating you over the head that it's a family movie. You can just go and have a good time with your friends. There's laughter, but it's also full of romance and emotion."
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TWIST: Can you tell us about Joyful Noise?
KeKe Palmer: Joyful Noise is an ensemble piece, but it's typically about holding onto your faith, even when times get rough. Just believing there will be brighter days. Some of the few plots that are going on is our town is really going through a hardship with the recession and having to find money and jobs. A lot of places are closing down, and it's just getting to our spirits. I play Queen Latifa's daughter, and we're trying to win this choir competition and uplift our church and our town. But my character is just at the point where I'm ready to be my own person. My mother's very protective of me. She's very judgmental and close-minded. I'm just tired of being stuck under her, and I'm ready to grow up and be my own person. There's also some romance!!
T: Tell us a little more about your character Olivia and how you related to her.
KP: Olivia is your average 16 year-old girl. I relate to her on a different level. My mother was never really that strict, but as far as just trying to grow up and be your own person, I think every teenager can relate to that. And then also that energy you have toward your mother. Like for some reason, at the age, you don't want anything to do with her. Everything she does annoys you. I don't know why, but I went through that stage for a while. She would always confront me. I guess it was just me wanting to separate myself from he because I didn't want to be like her. I was trying to be who I was, but that's just a stage we go through and we'll soon grow out of. Once you understand your mother - how she is, who she is and what she's done for you - you kind of see things differently. That's what happens to Olivia in the story. I can relate to her on that standpoint. As far as her personality, she loves music. That's the time when she feels really connected. That's her passion, and that's when she feels like she can be herself and not have any worries. It's like her release. I can definitely understand and relate to her on that part as well.
T: You're the national spokesperson for the YWCA's anti-bullying campaign in conjunction with the Save Our Daughters organization. Can you tell us how you got involved with that?
KP: I knew Curtis Benjamin, who is the founder of the Save Our Daughters program, just from different charities that work with him, with different underprivileged kids like the Boys and Girls Club, things like that. His daughter unfortunately passed away from a brain tumor. Right around the year before when she was going through her chemotherapy, she started to lose all of her hair and kids would make fun of her. She was just going through a really hard time, so because of that, he decided to change the whole platform of his whole organization and created Saving Our Daughters, which is an organization for young girls, or people period, to stop bullying and to uplift their spirit and to help others if they're being bullied. They try to find out why that the people who bully have to bully. Once he told me that - I was bullied as a kid as well - so once he explained that to me and we shared that, I was like, "You know, I would love to be a part of the organization." That's kind of how it started
T: Thanks for chatting with us, Keke!
KP: Thanks TWIST!