Growing up in Chicago, music was a very important part of Keke Palmer’s life. Her mother was a background session singer, often taking young Palmer and her older sister L’Oreal to the studio with her to record.
“I knew at an early age that I wanted to be a singer like my mom” says the Film Actress and Recording Artist
There were others that inspired her as well, Brandy, Aaliyah, and a trio out of Atlanta called TLC. Palmer was only six years old when the group released their third smash hit album Fan Mail.
“I would sing No Scrubs over and over again to the point my parents would have to tell me to stop, but I never did, I had my little hairbrush as my mic and nobody could tell me I wasn’t the fourth member of TLC”, laughs Keke remembering who her music idols were growing up.
Palmer will be trading in the hairbrush for a real mic. She has been chosen to play the role of Chilli in the upcoming VH 1 TLC biopic to be filmed in Atlanta, GA next month. Coming off of her critically acclaimed performance in the Lifetime Network Dramatic TV Special, Abducted: The Carlina White Story, in which the actress was nominated for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special at the recent NAACP IMAGE AWARDS, Palmer says she is quite aware of how TLC fans will react to a bad movie about their lives.
“I am a true fan. I love these ladies and I always want to be proud of my work in any role that I do”.
If Palmer’s past film work is any indication along with the success of her music mixtapes and music videos, we could be in for a big treat!
VH1 has cast the iconic roles of superstars Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, and Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, for a full-length TV movie based on the life and career of R&B/hip-hop/pop group TLC.
In the film, titled “Crazy, Sexy, Cool: The TLC Story,” KeKe Palmer (“Akeela & The Bee,” “True Jackson VP,” “Joyful Noise”) will portray Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, Lil Mama (“America’s Best Dance Crew”) will take on the role of Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, and Drew Sidora (“Step Up,” “Wild Hogs,” “The Game”) has been cast as Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins.
Charles Stone III (“Drumline,” “Paid in Full,” “Mr. 3000”) is set to direct the biopic, which is penned by screenwriter Kate Lanier (“What’s Love Got To Do With It,” “Set it Off,” “Beauty Shop”). The film is slated to begin shooting next month in Atlanta.
VH1’s TLC project is part of the network’s successful push into scripted programming which will include the premiere of new scripted series “Bounce” (working title) later this year.
“With this cast, we are thrilled with the talent assembled both in front of and behind the cameras,” stated Jeff Olde, Executive Vice President, Original Programming and Production, VH1. “TLC are truly music pioneers and this movie is a fantastic way to expand our scripted push by combining our audience’s passion for music with their love of story. We know our viewers will be eager to go beyond the headlines and into the surprisingly personal, never before told stories of these groundbreaking women.”
TLC’s humble beginnings in Atlanta quickly led to an unprecedented rise to fame in the 1990’s as one of the world’s most talented, celebrated and highest-selling female groups of all time. Through very public and high profile success, turmoil and tragedy, TLC left an indelible stamp of female empowerment that changed the face of the music industry forever.
The two surviving members of the group, Chilli and T-Boz, have signed on as consultants and executive producers for the movie. Executive producing the TLC biopic are Bill Diggins and Maggie Malina. Jeff Olde and Jill Holmes serve as executive producers for VH1. Alexander A. Motlagh also serves as executive producer for Pop Films.