‘True Jackson’ Star Matt Shively: I’d Get into a Car with Keke Palmer — but I’d Be Afraid

The State of California may have had enough confidence in Keke Palmer to grant her a learner’s permit, but don’t expect Matt Shively to be hopping into a ride with her any time soon.

Interviewed on WZAP Radio, Matt reveals his true feelings about his True Jackson, VP co-star, who plays the title role that hit Nick sitcom – and who won’t turn 16 until August.

CAPTION: “We would do anything for each other,” Matt says of Keke (left).

“We would do anything for each other,” Matt (right) says of Keke (left).

“We have carts – like golf carts – on the set. So when we need to go to the pro- duction office or anything, we take the cart over there,” Matt, 18, tells host Zachary Sang.

“And I remember I came to work one day and I went to drive it and it was broken. Like one of the wheels had – I can’t remember if it was popped, or the axel was twisted around – and I was like, ‘What happened with the cart?’

“And they’re like, ‘Oh, ah, Keke ran into a curb.’ And I was like, ‘OK.’

“So I think I would take a chance and I would get in a car with her. But I can’t say I wouldn’t be afraid the entire time.

“Until I have someone else from the cast who has taken a ride with her, I probably wouldn’t be the first one to venture into it.”

During the 40-minute interview, Matt also dishes about his weight concerns, his love life and whether he’d ever consider hooking up with Keke, who first made a name for herself on the big screen opposite Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne in 2006’s Akeelah and the Bee.

“I live on my own, so I don’t have my mom breathing down my neck telling me to eat right and all that stuff. So for the first three, four months of filming, I kind of was always at kraft service, always eating,” he says.

CAPTION: “I’m a little self-conscious going to the beach,” Matt (above) tells us of his recent plumping up. “It’s time to lay off the hamburgers and switch to salads.”

“I’m a little self-conscious going to the beach,” Matt says of plumping up. “It’s time to lay off the hamburgers and switch to salads.”

“When I got home, I didn’t have anything to do, so I’d go to McDonald’s or something. So I always ate. And I gained a good 20 pounds over the past seven and a half months.

“A year ago, I was at my perfect weight: 165 pounds,” Matt con- tinues. “Now I’m 180 pounds. I want to lose 15 pounds by the time we go back to Season 2.”

On the romance front, Matt reveals:

“I’m not in a relationship. I can’t say I wouldn’t want to be, be- cause now that I have three months off [for summer hiatus], being in a relationship would be great.

“But it’s really hard to find ‘the right person’ out here. Especially with the things that go on, it’s just really hard to find a good girl who wants to be in a relationship with you.”

And when Zach asks if Matt has considered getting busy with his co- star, he comes back with:

“I can’t jump on that train. [Keke’s] like a sister to me. She’s gorgeous.

“But with her and [co-star] Ashley [Argota], we literally are like a family.

“I’ll be the older brother, though. When she brings a guy to the set that she’s dating, I’ll definitely be the one who gets in his face.

“I’ll be like, ‘Hey! So I see you’re, ah, dating Keke, huh? You gonna treat her nice? You break her heart, I’ll break your neck.’”

To hear Matt’s full interview, click here.

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