It's possible that a young actress like Keke Palmer could be upstaged by her "Joyful Noise" costars Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton, but that's not the case with Keke Palmer. Palmer's powerful pipes will win over audiences just as her "Noise" character, Olivia, makes Randy (Jeremy Jordan, sporting some equally impressive lungs) swoon.
Hometown: Harvey, Illinois
What She's Done: Palmer starred as spelling bee whiz Akeelah in "Akeelah and the Bee" alongside Laurence Fishburne and Angela Bassett, a double-dutch queen in the Disney TV movie "Jump In!" and a boundary-breaking football player in Fred Durst's film "The Longshots" with Ice Cube.
What She's Doing Now: Palmer plays Olivia, a young singer in a small town in Georgia; her mom Vi (Queen Latifah) is the director of the church choir, and she's got some old-fashioned ideas about how a choir should sound -- and who her daughter should date. When the hot and equally talented grandson of Vi's nemesis G. G. (Dolly Parton) rolls into town, Olivia finds herself in the middle of a local brouhaha and budding love affair.
Reminds Us of: Palmer has the presence and singing power of her onscreen mom in "Akeelah," Angela Bassett; the heart-shaped face of Zoe Saldana; and the giant, dimpled smile of gorgeous Garcelle Beauvais.
Fun Facts: Palmer's first role was in "Barbershop 2: Back in Business" as Queen Latifah's niece.
Quotable: Keke's cool with being a normal teen. She told the Huffington Post, "I love watching movies and hanging out with my friends at my house. I still go to the mall, I love to text and go on my computer. I'm totally normal -- sounds kind of boring, right?"
Shout-Out: The Queen says that she was interested in doing "Joyful Noise" partly because of her great costars. "I liked the idea of working with Dolly Parton and Keke [Palmer]," she told The Skanner.
a 2009 tour video, giving rise to the rumor that the two were a couple. But what's a little flirting between friends? Keke mentions a boyfriend in this interview, and here's a photo of her and the costar of her music video "The One You Call," Rodney King, ringing in the New Year together. We can do the math!Famous Friends: Lil Twist gave her a little shout-out in
Twitter Handle: @KekePalmer
What's Next: Palmer's in the highly anticipated new Spike Lee movie "Red Hook Summer," which will premiere at Sundance; and she's also the voice of Peaches, an adorable woolly mammoth in the sequel "Ice Age: Continental Drift."