Alice is an incredibly powerful film. Starring Keke Palmer, Common and Jonny Lee Miller. Alice (Keke Palmer) yearns for freedom as an enslaved person on a rural Georgia plantation. After a violent fight with its brutal and disturbed owner, Paul (Jonny Lee Miller), she flees through the neighboring woods. She stumbles onto the unfamiliar sight of a highway, soon discovering the year is actually 1973. Rescued on the roadside by a disillusioned political activist named Frank (Common), she quickly comprehends the lies that have kept her in bondage and the promise of liberation. Inspired by true events, a modern empowerment story tracing Alice’s journey through the post-Civil Rights Era American South.
Lauren: Hi everyone. It’s Lauren Conlin from POP Style TV. I am here with the gorgeous Keke Palmer who was going to talk to us about her new movie. Alice. I feel like I need to tone it down right now. Only because this movie is nothing to laugh about. Am I right?
Keke: I mean, yes and no, but I’m just living for the razzmatazz.You are just giving me so much energy. I’m living for it. Um, but yeah, the film is not, it’s definitely not necessarily a laughing matter, but subject matter while still being heavy, I think still offers some entertainment factor. Uh, you know, the film itself. Um, it goes through a transition from Alice at this point where she’s on a plantation to her discovering that she’s actually, and us as an audience also discovering that she’s actually not in the era of slavery, but she’s actually in that 1970s. And I should put, I should put the era of slavery in quotes because obviously slavery continued past the abolishment of it.
Lauren: Yes. I mean, I, so I pride myself on watching every movie that I cover and, you know, sometimes I’m like, ah, this looks kind of annoying. I was shook by this I seriously was. And all I could think about too is like you, as Alice reading the script and seeing what you’re like, are you, do you think that you would be as brave as she was truly because there are certain things she does where I’m like, oh my God, I’m like calm down. Like you literally, do you want to live or not? Like, I don’t understand. I’m just like, you’re so brave.
Keke:I do actually think I’d be as brave as she was, but I don’t know if I’d be as smart, you know, Alison’s smart on top of being brave. She’s smart. She knows when to choose her battles. She knows how to like even throughout the beginning of the film. Even with the craziness that, you know, the master Paul put her through, she still knew not to give all of her power away. Um, she still knew how to balance the reality of making him think he was in control. For her own sense of survival. And then at the same time, allowing herself to, you know, still kind of just. You know, still play, you know, still push the envelope a little bit. You know what I mean? She knew when to do what and when to follow through.
Lauren: Yes. I mean, I thought about it and I was just like, all right. I was like, good move, bad move. Good, move, bad move. But yeah, and I was just like, I don’t know if this is going to be a good move, but she, I had to say it made me actually think about myself and think about my own life. You know, as a woman and, and being in certain situations.
And I, it actually really, uh, inspired me and encouraged me if that makes sense, just because I, you know, I always want to be that brave girl just for my daughter and for, you know, and I’m just like, I loved it. I loved watching it, even though it was painful to watch. It’s so hard to watch, but I actually respect, I think it was a female director. I respect the fact that she didn’t show. All, all of the violence and all of the assaults that we, you know what I’m saying? Like, yeah. She didn’t show us all that it’s to our imagination, but yet, you know what I’m saying?
Keke: Yes. Because it’s, that’s, that’s when we get into the whole trauma porn thing, you know, where it’s like, you can tell a story, you can get the point across while still keeping the respect of the ancestors and being, you know, knowing when to do what and how to get certain things across without actually exploiting the world, uh, for just shock value. You know what I mean? And I think Kristen obviously, yeah, that was her point as a woman, as a black person and everything else, you know?
Lauren: I’m so glad to hear you say that, because this is why, what was that show on Amazon? That I could, I wanted to watch it, but I was like, I can’t approach it. It was very heavy. Yeah. It was just, was not necessary. All of it. Yeah. Yeah. That is how I feel. It was not necessary. And it was like, you could watch this film because it is beautiful because you know, and Common and he’s so hot in his voice and you guys are just like, so you know what I’m saying? Sorry.
They’re telling me to wrap. They’re like wrap it up, wrap it up. Okay. So anyway, I want everyone to see this. I, you know, I don’t want to say like, I’m proud of you, but I’ve watched you from Akila to this and you are just like, you were like, oh, so seriously. Thank you. Thank you so much. You’re a gem.
Lauren: Thank you so, so much wonderful to meet you.