Let's get one thing clear: Keke Palmer is no newcomer. In fact, she's been out here (my pre-teen self lived for her Nickelodeon days), but she's come a long way since True Jackson, VP. With a career that includes staring in multiple films, releasing albums, and co-hosting Good Morning America, Keke can seemingly conquer anything, including recently garnering her fair share of headlines for her part in the star-studded cast of the most talked-about movie of the year, Hustlers. If you haven’t seen the movie, I won’t spoil it, but let’s just say Keke’s glow-up isn’t just from copious amounts of glitter. Ahead, Keke talks skincare, her impressive career, and of course what it was like to work alongside the one and only Jennifer Lopez.
“I loved all the cast members,” Keke told us, “but I really bonded with my girl Lili Reinhart because we did so much together, and our characters were close in the film. And so she and I actually spent so much time working together on set, plus we’re both Virgos.”
We're not the only ones impressed by Jenifer Lopez's training for Hustlers—Keke is a fan too. As she stated, “J.Lo’s health routine had me like, Oh, girl. She doesn’t drink or smoke. I wasn’t sure I could commit to that because I like to have a drink sometimes, but that’s why she looks as amazing as she does.”
Keke shared, “For my hair, we really stuck to using pro-style gel. That was my saving grace for my character, Mercedes’s, look.”
“I don’t have a huge skincare routine. I just ensure I remove makeup and wash my face the night before and the morning of shooting to ensure clean skin in-between heavy makeup applications,” Keke explained.
“Probably my favorite look during the film is the first look,” Keke revealed. “My hair is straight, and I loved the dress I was wearing. It was this risqué yet sweet ruched gold dress; it was a cute little vibe.”
“Because of all the different looks I do for Good Morning America, I steam my hair every three to four days, and it has been super helpful for maintaining my natural hair and preventing damage. I also, swear by Cantu for shampoo and conditioner,” Keke explained.
“I can’t live without my Tata Harper oil cleanser and moisturizer,” Keke told us.
“I’m most grateful for my continued passion. When you’ve been doing something for so long, it’s sometimes difficult to stay engaged. But I’m happy that I’ve been able to be engaged through different parts of my career; because sometimes it’s acting, sometimes it’s hosting, sometimes it’s music. I’m happy I’ve been able to find a way to maintain my passion and forge it in different areas.”
“The biggest thing I’ve learned is that everything just ebbs and flows, and it’s not really about what’s trendy or popular at that time, or how big your project is at that time, it’s just about staying in the space, having fun and being connected to your audience, and the people who care about the work you do, not always about what’s hot at the moment,” Keke explains.
As for what’s after Hustlers, Keke tells us to keep an eye out for new music coming soon, more mornings with GMA3, and, of course, a few more tricks up her sleeve. We’re staying tuned!