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Aaliyah inspired many through her undeniable talent, so it’s no wonder everybody who’s anybody has an opinion on the late singer’s Lifetime biopic.

Most recently, Keke Palmer sat down with The YBF and talked all about how excited she is for the upcoming film, noting that her excitement is mostly due to the fact that she’d never thought it would actually happen.

The new Just Keke talk show host also dished on her #MCM (such a surprising answer), who she thinks should play Aaliyah, and Zendaya Coleman dropping out of the film. Check out a couple of excerpts below and click here for the entire interview.

On If She’s More Excited To See Aaliyah Or Whitney Houston’s Biopic:

“Ohh. You know that’s not fair girl! I love Whitney and Aaliyah for very different reasons. I’m really excited about Aaliyah just because I’ve been dying to see it for so long. I’m excited about the Whitney too but I think maybe just a little bit more Aaliyah because I thought it was never going to happen. But I do have a difference in opinions about it now that Zendaya is no longer in it.  Also because the family is not involved, so that must mean they’re probably not going to use the real music and all those other things that come into place. If the family is not involved, I feel like it’s not going to be done right. So I have mixed feelings on that. The Aaliyah story itself is one that I’ve been dying to see for a long time. But if it’s not being done the right way, it kind of puts a damper on things. But I’m excited about the Whitney story because it’s Angela Bassett’s directorial debut. I started my career with her so that’s exciting for that reason too.”

On Who She Would Like To See Play Aaliyah:

“I can’t say if there would be anybody I could really see playing Aaliyah. I think anyone that’s blessed enough to get the role to play it, I think they can play it, because if it was given to you, it was meant for you to do. I feel like there’s no mistakes. Everything happens for a reason. But I can’t say that there’s a face that I can say. For a long time I felt as though I could do it. But then when I heard the movie was coming out and I didn’t really think about going for the project because I just came off the TLC movie and I thought it was too much. And I’m not trying to play everybody and be in everyone’s biopic I think that’s a little bit much. But for years I thought oh that’s the story I want to play but like I said, as time goes on, other things come along and come into play and i ended up saying if it happens, it happens. At this point I don’t know. I’m looking for whoever is going to play it and I’ll be watching the movie because I’m a big Aaliyah fan.”

On Her #ManCrushMonday:

“Okay. If I say this I just hope that nothing crazy happens. (laughs) But If I had to pick a man crush right off the top of my head it would have to be YG. I’m not in a relationship but I’m single. I’m dating. Which is weird for me because I’m not the dating type. I’ve always been the type where I’m just like let me get a boyfriend and stay focused on that because it’s kind of like I have this simple midwestern vibe to me. I’m not really like I want to talk to a lot of people all at once. It was always very taboo to me. But we’re young, we have options and I don’t say go around screwing every guy. At the end of the day that’s up to you. I wouldn’t suggest it. I would say date enjoy yourself see what you like and what you don’t like because that’s what I’m doing now. I’m learning how to date and see what I like and not just try to hold onto the first guy I meet and think is cool. It might be another guy I like more. So I’m kind of just dating and seeing how things go.”

We definitely understand what you see in him, girl.


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