Keke Palmer on "Nope" and Her Directorial Future

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Keke Palmer is everywhere you turn, and she’s not slowing down anytime soon. From starring on “The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder” to Jordan Peele’s highly anticipated thriller “Nope,” the 28-year-old has kept her foot on the gas. Palmer spoke to POPSUGAR about being a booked and busy actor, starring in Peele’s upcoming film, being a fellow Virgo, and her partnership with CIROC Vodka Spritz.

Trailers and posters for “Nope” have left us with more questions than answers. We know Palmer and Daniel Kaluuya star as siblings running a business at Haywood Ranch with a family history of working in Hollywood. The trailer also makes it clear that we should be scared, between the screaming, running, and teases of people who may not be human. Peele has kept it all very vague. When I ask Palmer if she can tell me about “Nope,” she lightheartedly quips, “Nope!”

The actor quoted Peele from a recent interview with Empire in which he said the film would show an “otherworldly confrontation.” Palmer gave POPSUGAR a taste of information, but it’s all we need to mark our calendars for July 22. “I’m really excited for people to see it,” she says, adding, “[Daniel and I] are very much like our characters, and you’ll understand what I mean when you see the movie.”

Speaking of Peele, she says, “I just love that he is normalizing Black people being leads and stars in films and it not having to be for particular reasons. It’s just, they happen to be Black as opposed to the gag is . . . “

Peele’s trajectory is something Palmer could see for herself in the future. The multihyphenate shared a photo on Instagram on March 10 of her wearing an oversize jean jacket that said “Nope,” brown corduroy pants, and Nike sneakers. She captioned it: “This is me manifesting my Director life. The outfit screams I work in production.” Palmer tells POPSUGAR she’d love to direct a musical and a coming-of-age film in the future. “I love music, and putting music and narratives together.” The “Virgo Tendencies” singer adds, “I also would love to direct coming-of-age stories. I love connecting to the younger generation and finding ways to tell them empowering messages to help them move forward in life.”

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