"So it really, really worked out as I was stepping away from 'The View' that this offer came up again and I said 'Oh, I gotta take it,'" she added.
Palmer, currently starring in Showtime's "Masters of Sex" series, said she auditioned for the role while in New York City promoting the TV show.
"My mom said, 'They're doing auditions for Cinderella on Broadway and they would like to see you. I don't know if you're into Broadway, really.' My mom always presents everything to me like she doesn't know if I'm into something. I'm like, 'Mom, you playing, girl,'" she said. "She always does that but my mom and I have a very, very cool type of relationship so I'm like, 'Yes, I would like to do that.'"
Palmer's parents, who are her managers, first met at drama school and were theatre actors before starting their family and then grooming their talented tyke for superstardom. Over the past decade, she has starred in a string of films and TV movies, most notably the aforementioned "Akeelah and the Bee" alongside Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne and the Emmy Award-nominated television adaptation of Horton Foote's The Trip To Bountiful, alongside Cicely Tyson, Vanessa Williams and Blair Underwood.
Palmer is also looking forward to re-connecting with Shepherd, whom her family met 11 years ago at a party when they first relocated to Los Angeles, CA.
"I'm really excited, not only because I've known her, but also because it's our very first time on Broadway together, and there isn't anybody that I can think of who it would be so much fun to experience this with," she added. "When we did the movie, we actually went out and talked and laughed and we had a friendship and so to work with her on this, it's going to be an even closer bond being built."
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