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Palmer wants new role to touch viewers

Keke Palmer stars as the title character in the Lifetime movie "Abducted: The Carlina White Story." /Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

By// Darralynn Hutson

Keke Palmer has gone from tween acting newbie to a versatile star in a few short years. And while her first mixtape debuted this week to more than 25,000 views in 24 hours, it’s her acting chops that’ll be on display this weekend in the Lifetime TV movie, Abducted: The Carlina White Story, which also stars The View co-host Sherri Sheppard and Aunjanue Ellis.

Palmer, who broke onto the scene in the big-screen sleeper hit Akeelah and the Bee at 12, has since starred in her own TV series, as well as several other movies – most recently Joyful Noise.

“Over the course of my career, the scripts that (I’ve gotten) are about 50/50, I don’t always get masterpieces,” Palmer says. “If the character is deep enough, I usually like the movie… This character (Carlina White) I liked immediately.”

Carlina White is based on the real-life story of a young woman who discovers she was abducted from a New York hospital as a 19-day-old infant. She solves her own kidnapping and is reunited with her biological parents 23 years later. The case is said to be the first known infant abduction from a New York hospital.

“What if this was my life,” says 19-year-old Palmer about White’s story. “I just hope that this can touch people in a way that can be appreciated.”

Abducted: The Carlina White Story is directed by Vondie Curtis Hall, and airs Saturday, Oct. 6, at 8 p.m. ET on Lifetime.//

Singer Keyshia Cole, her husband Daniel Gibson and young son, DJ, are on the Oct. 8, 2012 issue of JET magazine.

Singer Keyshia Cole, her husband Daniel Gibson and young son, DJ, are on the Oct. 8, 2012 issue of JET magazine.

Pick up the current issue of JET magazine to see how you can get Keke Palmer’s star style on a budget… PAGE 46