Keke Palmer says she may quit Hollywood soon: ‘I think the timer has started’

Sometimes it’s OK to quit.

Keke Palmer revealed in a chat with Teen Vogue that she feels she may quit Hollywood soon.

“I think the timer has started,” she candidly stated in the interview published Tuesday.

“I think [I haven’t retired] because I just haven’t felt it yet. But the timer, I know that it’s around the corner.”

The “Nope” actress, 30, clarified that she doesn’t know “when exactly” she will step away but knows it’s coming.

Palmer has spent most of her life in front of the camera as she started acting at 9 when she appeared on “Barbershop 2: Back in Business.”

She did say, however, that when the time comes and she reflects on all she has accomplished, she hopes she’ll be able to see the inspirational path she’s trailblazing for those coming up behind her.

“I think the timer has started,” the former Nickelodeon star told Teen Vogue in an interview published Tuesday. Andy Jackson for Teen Vogue
“I think [I haven’t retired] because I just haven’t felt it yet. But the timer, I know that it’s around the corner,” she added. Andy Jackson for Teen Vogue

“The main thing I want those legacies to be is [a call] to use your power for good, to use what you have to create spaces and systems for other people to thrive,” she explained.

Palmer added, “I just don’t believe in holding everything. I don’t believe in gatekeeping. I’m not a coward.”


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The former Nickelodeon actress made Emmy history in January after winning Outstanding Host for a Game Show, making her the first woman to do so in 15 years.

She further detailed what she would like her legacy to look like in her son, Leodis “Leo” Andrellton Jackson, who will turn one in February.

Reflecting on her potential retirement, Palmer said she hopes to be seen as a trailblazer for those behind her. Andy Jackson for Teen Vogue
“The main thing I want those legacies to be is [a call] to use your power for good, to use what you have to create spaces and systems for other people to thrive,” she noted. Andy Jackson for Teen Vogue

“I want to raise him to know that if life is a school, get out there and learn,” she noted.

“A part of learning in this place, I think, is to love and to know how to first be unconditionally loving to yourself, so that you know how to love others and be of service to others in a way that doesn’t disadvantage them but instead empowers them.”

Palmer is teaching her baby boy to love himself as she navigates life as a single mother after getting a restraining order against his father, Darius Jackson, in November 2023, as well as sole custody of him.

She also revealed that she wants to raise her son to see the world as his classroom. Instagram/@keke
“A part of learning in this place, I think, is to love and to know how to first be unconditionally loving to yourself, so that you know how to love others and be of service to others,” she clarified. keke/Instagram

In her original filing, the former teen star accused her ex of “many instances of physical violence” — including in front of their son — and verbal abuse.

Despite claiming in December 2023 that her life is “unraveling at the seams,” Palmer seems to be content doing what’s best for her.

Earlier this month, she hopped on social media to gush that she has “never been so happy” in her entire life.

Palmer shares her nearly 1-year-old son, Leodis “Leo” Andrellton Jackson, with her ex, Darius Jackson. Instagram/keke
She filed a restraining order against Darius in November 2023 for alleged physical and verbal abuse. Instagram/keke
The restraining order was extended to July as they attempt to mediate outside of court. dvulton/Instagram

A few days later, court documents obtained by Page Six confirmed the temporary domestic violence restraining order was extended six months because the KeyTV founder and Darius agreed to postpone their original court date in hopes of settling their issues in mediation.

The restraining order now expires on July 16, which is when they are expected to appear in court.

If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1.800.799.SAFE (7233) or text START to 88788.