Keke Palmer Talks Hollywood Diversity: “Hollywood is making a conscious effort to try to change”

Actress Keke Palmer recently sat down with NYLON magazine for their February 2016 issue, where she dished on her latest roles in Scream Queens and the upcoming Grease Live musical, along with her thoughts on diversity in Hollywood.

When asked about taking on the role of Marty Maraschino in Sunday night’s Grease Live musical, Keke said: “It’s similar to Scream Queens because we’ve never seen a character like Zayday in a world like Kappa Kappa Tau. Yes, she’s a part of American black culture, but she’s not a joke. That’s what I want to bring to Grease.”

Keke Palmer

Keke also discussed her view on Hollywood diversity:

“You still see remnants of that old [way of thinking],” Keke said, “but Hollywood is making a conscious effort to try to change, and I think it’s because we have [more diverse] people in the room.” She cites the popular works of Lee Daniels and Shonda Rhimes as examples of the fact. “I like to look at the positive sides of things, so I feel like it’s getting better than it has been before.”

Keke Palmer

As for maintaining her religious background and staying true to her sexuality, Keke said:“God’s making sure I am being good to people, not if I want to be sexy here or there.”

Be sure to tune into FOX tomorrow night (January 31) to catch Keke in Grease Live! You can also check out her feature in the February 2016 issue of NYLON, available now!

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