Keke Palmer will be adding another notch to her growing resume. The singer-actress has been cast to play the role of Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas in the upcoming VH1 TLC biopic, set to start filming in Atlanta, GA next month. The new gig is very personal for Palmer, who credits the multi-platinum selling group as one of her musical inspirations.
"I knew at an early age that I wanted to be a singer like my mom," says Palmer.
Palmer was only 6-years-old when the group released their third hit album, Fan Mail, and says she used to sing their hits religiously.
"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 Palmer.
Palmer is on a high after her recent critically acclaimed performance in the Lifetime Network Dramatic TV Special, Abducted: The Carlina White Story, which landed her an Outstanding Actress nomination at the recent NAACP Image Awards, and she plans to bring that same energy to the TLC film.
She adds: "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."
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