A Few Minutes With Actress Keke Palmer

By Yolande Lezine
Updated: August 19, 2008

HOUSTON – Teenage sensation Keke Palmer was recently in Houston to promote her upcoming movie called “The Longshots” , which will open everywhere this Friday, August 22nd.

Ice Cube and Tasha Smith, who played recently in “Why Did I Get Married?”, co-star with Palmer playing as her uncle Curtis Plummer and her mother Claire.

“The Longshots” is a family-fun film that will be enjoyable by all. When Curtis Plummer (Ice Cube), a down on his luck former high school football star, takes the only job he can find-babysitting his misfit niece Jasmine Plummer (Palmer), he discovers that she has the skills that once made him a great quarterback.

The only place the two opposites get along is on the field, so Curtis is determined to turn Jasmine into the star of the local team, The Minden Browns, and get his own stride back by becoming the coach.

At first, the boys on the team don’t want her but when the new quarterback shows them she’s got the skills, she turns their world upside down.

The movie is based on a true-story about an 11-year old petite girl named Jasmine Plummer, who grew up playing football with her uncle on the streets of her hometown of Harvey, Illnois.

Her uncle, Fred Johnson was coaching a local Pop Warner team at the time. She played several positions to start, including linebacker and tackle. She had a powerful arm that could throw the football 65 yards.

Everyone thought it was cute to have a girl on the football team until she advanced to the national level and people saw that she could really play football.

Plummer, who’s currently 15 and in the ninth grade, enjoys playing basketball, wrestling, and running track. She loves football, but right now she’s the starting point guard on the varsity basketball team, and she hopes to to in the WNBA one day.

Written by Nick Santora, an L.A.-based screenwriter who was the only one that was sincere about telling the story. “The Longshots” brought Ice Cube and Palmer back together again.

A rising star on the Hollywood scene as a singer and actress, Palmer credits Ice Cube with giving her first movie role. Her first acting job came when she played Queen Latifah’s niece in the 2004 sequel “Barbershop 2″, which Cube starred in and executive produced.

Her last movie was playing the lead role in “Akeelah and the Bee” with Lawrence Fishburne and Angela Bassett. Here’s a closer look at Keke Palmer and what it’s like being such a young star:


Name: Keke Palmer Movie: “The Longshots” Age: 15 Parents: Lawrence & Sharon Palmer Siblings: One older sister, twin brother & sister.

BASN: How did it make you feel to play the part of Jasmine Plummer in the movie?

KP: “It made me feel proud because it was based on a true story and football is considered a male sport.”

BASN: How did you like working with Ice Cube again and Tasha Smith?

KP: “It was great! They are both great actors and I had a lot of fun working along with them.”

BASN: What are the top three movies that you’ve played roles in?

KP: “Barbershop 2, Akeelah & the Bee, and The Longshots.”

BASN: When did you first start acting?

KP: “I started when I was 9 1/2″.

BASN: You’re getting ready to turn 16 soon. When is your birthday and what do you plan to do?

KP: “My birthday is August 26th and I just plan to hang out with some of my friends.”

BASN: What is a typical day for Keke Palmer?

KP: “If I don’t have any interviews a typical day for me starts with home schooling and getting caught up on schoolwork. If it involves a working day, then I usually get up at 4 a.m., which is extra early to get ready for lots of interviews and meetings. It’s fun!”

BASN: Do you have any hobbies?

KP: “Talking to my friends on the computer.”

BASN: What are some of your plans for the future?

KP: “I hope to start making my own films one day and have more lead roles.”

BASN: Where is your hometown?

KP: “Robbins, Illinois”.

BASN: What’s next for Keke Palmer?

KP: “I have a new television show called “True Jackson VP” that will start airing this fall on Nickelodeon. It’s about a 15-year old girl who is the vice president at her high school. And I just finished filming a movie with Kevin Spacey that will be out in 2009″.

BASN: Who are the most inspirational people in your life?

KP: “My parents are. They travel with me whereever I go and they are a huge blessing. They have truly inspired me to be the best I can be and have helped me to become a strong person.”


Food: Bacon Cheeseburger & Fries Restaurant: Denny’s — It’s more of a family scene Book: Ever Lost Movie: Notebook Actor: Will Smith Actress: Angela Bassett Color: I like a lot, pink, purple, orange, red, black, and white.

Subject: English Sport: Football Words of Encouragement: Stay focused and continue to work hard in everything that you do.