Keke Palmer costars in Hustlers as Mercedes, a lovestruck stripper who gets wrapped up in a scheme to drug and rob Wall Street bros. The scam is dreamed up by ringleader Ramona, played by a career-best Jennifer Lopez —delivering a performance that just might take her through to the finish line this awards season. Like, oh, just about everyone else, Palmer is a massive J. Lo fan, a convert since she first saw the star in the Selena biopic. Now Palmer not only knows Lopez, but has two special keepsakes from the superstar: a Swarovski crystal-encrusted thermos and lingerie from Agent Provocateur, which Lopez gifted the entire cast as a wrap gift. For Palmer, who has been acting for the last 15 years—breaking out as a child star in films like Akeelah and the Bee and the Nickelodeon show True Jackson, VP — Hustlers is a thrilling departure. Playing Mercedes was a welcome challenge for the actor—who was excited but nervous when she found out that writer-director Lorene Scafaria was a fan of encouraging her cast to improvise. Palmer had actually met the Grammy winner well over a decade ago.
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Definitely a moment to remember. While Palmer may be new to this particular gig, she's been a full-on style icon for years. Ahead, she tells us more about her overall aesthetic, reveals her on-screen style icons, and dishes on the advice J. Lo gave her about finding balance. It depends. I've gone through many different phases in fashion. I love purple and I love yellow. I think bold colors really complement my skin.
Keke Palmer nearly charmed the pants off Conan O'Brien and his guests. On TBS' Conan Wednesday, the year-old host said he was "intrigued" by a dance move Palmer recently demonstrated on social media. It's easy to get down like Palmer. I wish I could [show you]. O'Brien climbed on his desk and got on all fours. There's nothing here!
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