Many fans of the female supergroup were upset that Palmer was chosen for the role, saying that she doesn’t look anything like Chilli. While Palmer already defended herself quite nicely—even going so far as to say Angela Bassett looked “nothing like Tina Turner in What’s Love Got to Do With It, but still turned in an excellent performance”—she explained her thoughts about the criticism even further.
The 19-year-old told EURWeb, “It’s not about looking like this person or like that person. I mean I could understand if I was doing Bette Midler, I mean I don’t look anything like her, but at least I’m the same race as Chilli!”
Palmer also went on to say that the biopic, titled Crazy Sexy Cool after the group’s second album, started filming on March 6.