TWIST recently got to chat with Keke Palmer who stars in the brand new animated movie Ice Age 4: Continental Drift! Keke spilled all about her character, the challenges of voiceover acting, and her growing music career! Plus, she spilled about her real life friendship with Drake who plays her love interest in the movie! Read our conversation, watch the movie trailer below, and be sure to check out Ice Age 4: Continental Drift out in theaters today!
TWIST: Tell us all about your role in Ice Age 4!
Keke: In Ice Age, I play Ray Romano's character's daughter, Peaches. I'm a young 16-year-old girl growing up, starting to like boys of course, and it's just hard for my dad to let me go. My part is your normal teenage girl coming of age, and the movie shows what it's like for your parents to handle that and for you to get them to understand where you're coming from.
TWIST: Awesome! How is voiceover acting different from traditional acting?
Keke: It was extremely different because you have to do everything with your imagination. Not only that, but you're not acting off of anybody usually. I mean, the directors are there to say the lines for you and give you some type of feedback, but most of it is on your own and what you think may be happening. You're depicting the scene in your mind. They give you some idea of it, but you can't see it because most of the digitizing stuff happens after the voices have been recorded. It's very different because I'm the type of person that likes to see somebody and get in the moment. It was different for me to tap into that part of my brain.
TWIST: That's so interesting! What do you think makes this movie different from the past Ice Age movies?
Keke: All the Ice Age movies have been funny and they make you feel close to your family. You guys can both enjoy it, adult and child. But you also get, like I said, the coming-of-age aspect of it - separating from your family, but also realizing that it's never that serious, you can always work through your problems, and you never want to waste that time because you don't know how valuable it is.
TWIST: That's a really great message! You said you weren't really working with your co-stars much in this film, but do you have any fun memories from making the movie?
Keke: I definitely had fun recording the "We Are" theme song of the movie! I recorded it, and other artists from the movie did too, like Jennifer Lopez, Drake, and Nicki Minaj. Even some of the comedians in the film, they did little funny parts in it. I had a lot of fun with that, just knowing that I was going to be on that record with those other artists. It was such a cool song. We didn't know it was going to be the theme song of the movie.
TWIST: Do you have a favorite person that you worked with?
Keke: It was pretty cool being in there with Drake. I love him!
TWIST: Did you guys hang out a lot?
Keke: No, actually we didn't see each other at all! (laughs) But I know him. I knew him when I would go to Toronto to film movies because I would go to the Degrassi set when he was working on that. So him and I are very familiar with each other. Unfortunately we didn't get to work together on this movie, but it was cool.
TWIST: Maybe in the future!
Keke: Yeah, exactly! In the future.
TWIST: So why should TWIST readers absolutely go see this movie?
Keke: Because it's funny! It's really funny and it has all your favorite stars, from adults to young teens. You'll remember Drake from his music and Degrassi, and you'll remember Nicki Minaj from her music, Jennifer Lopez, her music, and Ray Romano from his show. Everybody has different people they can connect to and reasons why they'll want to go see the movie. I think TWIST readers should go see it because it's something they can take everybody to and everybody can have a good time. It's a family moment, and everybody needs family.
TWIST: Definitely. You mentioned music before, and you have a new song called "You Got Me." Can we expect an album soon?
Keke: Yeah! I'm getting ready to drop my mixed tape this summer, so this is the first single off of the mixed tape, "You Got Me." I'm really excited about it. I put a lot of hard work into this, and this is the first time that I really feel like I'm able to express myself as an artist without anybody trying to tell me what to do or who I am. I can be me on my own, and I took everything I had and put it into this project and the video. I'm just excited for you guys to see it and see who I am.
TWIST: We can't wait! What kind of sound are you creating?
Keke: I don't know, I would always say R&B/Pop. Just right in the middle. But a lot of people will listen to my music and go, 'Oh, you're going back to R&B!' So I don't really know. I just say, 'It's me.' I don't know how to put a label on it really. To some people it may be R&B, to another person it may be pop, and to another person it might be right in the middle. All I do is try to make music that moves you and makes you feel something.
TWIST: Who are your musical influences?
Keke: Uh Marilyn Manson - (laughs) - no. My musical influences are Brandy, TLC, Aaliyah, Mariah Carey, people like that.
TWIST: Awesome! Thanks so much for chatting with us, Keke!
Keke: Thank you!
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