Entertainment TV Keke Palmer Explains Why She Felt 'Misunderstood' in the Entertainment Industry as a Child Star The actress made her film debut in 2004’s Barbershop 2: Back in Business before she landed her breakout role in 2006’s Akeelah and the Bee By Dory Jackson Dory Jackson Instagram Twitter Website Dory Jackson is an Associate Editor for PEOPLE's digital TV team. While at the brand, she's had the opportunity to interview a long list of celebrities, from Kate Hudson to Pierce Brosnan to Billy Porter. She also recaps popular TV shows like The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Vanderpump Rules.The New York-based Maryland native graduated from Randolph-Macon College in May 2016 with a focus in Communication Studies and Journalism. She came to PEOPLE in March 2021 after working at a number of major news companies, including Newsweek and Us Weekly. She also previously co-hosted a podcast called "Idol Nation." People Editorial Guidelines Published on April 6, 2021 06:32PM EDT Share Tweet Pin Email Keke Palmer. Photo: GP Images/Getty Images Keke Palmer began making a name for herself in the entertainment business as a child actor, but she faced many challenges while growing up in the industry. "At a young age in the child entertainer world, your emotions are always the last thing that people care about," the Hustlers actress, 27, said on InStyle's Ladies First with Laura Brown podcast on Tuesday. "I think you get really quickly into being a people-pleaser and trying to be everything that everybody wants you to be. And so I think in a lot of that, you end up being misunderstood. When you're not always being agreeable, you're a brat." She continued, "It's always been a bit of a thing for me because people have had all these expectations of who they want me to be at a very young age: how they want me to act and how they want me to respond. I've fought a lot of that most of my adult life, and I'm still new into my adult life." One thing that Palmer works on "every day" is to "not worry about people not understanding" her at this stage in her career. Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. The Scream Queens alum has had an enviable journey in the industry, beginning with her film debut in 2004's Barbershop 2: Back in Business. After landing her breakout role in Akeelah and the Bee two years later, she went on to star in Disney Channel's Jump In! movie and True Jackson, VP. In recent years, Palmer appeared on Star and Scream: The TV Series, and also landed a starring role in the critically-acclaimed film, Hustlers. She additionally co-hosted Strahan, Sara & Keke and hosted the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards. On the Ladies First podcast, the multi-hyphenate said that she is a "strong believer" that people can learn to do anything in professional spaces. However, she previously felt "a lot of insecurities" when it came to her music. Keke Palmer. Roy Rochlin/WireImage "I think I've always been able to be more objective about acting and all these other things because they kind of just came to me without me knowing. But music was something that at a young age I believed in myself in and throughout the industry got very challenged [doing]," the "Bossy" singer said. "I had to really come to that understanding that success is what you make it and what you design it to be. Everybody is not Beyoncé, and that's alright. That doesn't mean that you're not amazing because if you're not Beyoncé, maybe you are Norah Jones." "I think, you know, all of those things come into understanding that at the end of the day, I just have to be true to me and allow me living in that truth to be success enough," she added. Palmer's mother, Sharon Palmer, told TODAY early last month that she initially pushed her daughter into child stardom so that the actress could afford secondary education. "I did it so she could go to college. I never expected any of this. I didn't do it for money or fame. It was college. I wanted her to go to college," Sharon said at the time. "I wanted my kids to go to college, and I wanted them to have a better life."