How Old Were Ice Cube and Keke Palmer in The Longshots?

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Wearing an animal print Etro maxi dress, Keke Palmer stepped out for the 2021 Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic held at the Will Rogers State Historic Park in Pacific Palisades, California.

Keke Palmer in an animal print Etro dress at 2021 Veuve Clicquot Polo ClassicKeke Palmer in an animal print Etro dress at 2021 Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic held on October 2, 2021, at the Will Rogers State Historic Park in Pacific Palisades, California (Credit: MEGA / WENN)

13 years earlier, she starred with Ice Cube in the 2008 American comedy-drama sports film The Longshots, their second film together after the 2004 American comedy film Barbershop 2: Back in Business.

Ice Cube was 39 Keke Palmer and Keke Palmer had just turned 15 when The Longshots premiered in 2008Ice Cube was 39 Keke Palmer and Keke Palmer had just turned 15 when The Longshots premiered in 2008 (Credit: The Weinstein Company / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)

Portraying Jasmine Plummer, the niece of Ice Cube’s character Curtis Plummer, Keke had just turned 15 when the movie was released on August 22, 2008.

Born on August 26, 1993, in Harvey, a city south of Chicago in Cook County, Illinois, she turned 15 on August 26, 2008. O’Shea Jackson Sr., known professionally as Ice Cube, turned 39 on June 15, 2008.

Keke Palmer's The Longshots is based on the true story of 11-year-old Jasmine PlummerKeke Palmer’s The Longshots is based on the true story of 11-year-old Jasmine Plummer (Credit: PNP / WENN)

Based on a true story, the film is inspired by the life of Jasmine Plummer, the first-ever female quarterback for a Pop Warner football team. Produced by Dimension Films and Cube Vision, Disney was not involved in making the movie.

“I am not as shy as her. My parents always made sure I believed in myself and I have never been afraid to go out for things. I have always been out to redefine ordinary and showing people that I can do anything,” Keke told ACED magazine about playing the real life Plummer.

14-year-old Keke Palmer visits Planet Hollywood in Times Square to promote "The Longshots"14-year-old Keke Palmer visits Planet Hollywood in Times Square to promote “The Longshots” on July 30, 2008, in New York City (Credit: PNP / WENN)

“Football training was fun. I love my coach. He’s a real nice guy. I had so much learning it because I really didn’t understand what football was, so it was all refreshing to me,” she told Black Film about preparing for the movie by spending 6 weeks learning how to play football.

“I didn’t know how to play or anything at all and then when I went to Louisiana, I was in training for about a month. I was learning the mechanics and learning what the game was about. I still don’t watch it, but I love playing it,” she added about her previous experience.

Keke Palmer debuts her new hair at Nickelodeon's 2016 Kids' Choice AwardsKeke Palmer debuts her new hair at Nickelodeon’s 2016 Kids’ Choice Awards at The Forum on March 12, 2016, in Inglewood, California (Credit: Apega / WENN)

It’s hard to imagine that there was a time Keke Palmer was afraid to be herself. In March 2016, the then 22-year-old took to the orange carpet of the 2016 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards to debut her brand-new hairstyle.

All we can say is this: you most likely won’t find her hairstyle featured in hair salon magazines.

Keke Palmer wears a bright orange Alessandra de Tomaso dress on the orange carpetKeke Palmer wears a bright orange Alessandra de Tomaso dress on the orange carpet (Credit: FayesVision / WENN / Apega)

Keke paired her newly-shaved head with an orange faux leather Alessandra de Tomaso dress, which she wore underneath a denim jacket when arriving at the event.

The actress polished her outfit with jewelry from Luv AJ and a pair of braided “Sally” sandals from British footwear label JF London.

Keke Palmer's feet in braided JF London sandalsKeke Palmer’s feet in braided JF London sandals (Credit: FayesVision / WENN)

Keke talked about her newly-shaved head, as well as her new single and the upcoming season of “Scream Queens.”

The actress had recently wrapped up her one-time live television performance of “Grease” alongside Vanessa Hudgens.

Keke Palmer blows a kiss to the camerasKeke Palmer blows a kiss to the cameras (Credit: FayesVision / WENN)

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