Keke Palmer and Angela Bassett last worked together when they played a mother-daughter duo in “Akeelah and the Bee,” which premiered in 2006. Now, 16 years later, the pair reunited for an interview with Vanity Fair which was shared on Dec. 2.
Since “Akeelah and the Bee,” Bassett — already an Oscar nominee when that movie was made — has appeared in a number of major projects. Most recently, she gave an emotional performance as T’Challa’s mother, Queen Ramonda, in “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.” As for Palmer, she recently starred in Jordan Peele‘s “Nope” and launched her own production company, KeyTV.
Among the interview’s highlights is when Bassett admits she’s seen — and enjoys — Palmer’s viral impressions of her. “I’ve seen you online imitating me,” Bassett said with a laugh. “You do a great job.” Palmer revealed that she started out doing her impression just for Queen Latifah, who loved it. “I used to only do it for her. I just recently started doing it online and everything,” Palmer said. She then did her impression of Bassett’s monologue from “The Jacksons: An American Dream,” with Bassett revealing that the line “I don’t want you no more” was improvised.
Later in the interview, Palmer suggested that she and Bassett work on a new project together, saying she even had an idea about what they should make. “Have you ever seen this movie called ‘Heartbreakers’?” she asked. “It’s an old movie with Sigourney Weaver and Jennifer Love Hewitt. They’re a mother-and-daughter duo. And they are secretly scamming a bunch of men. And I would love for us to redo a version of this movie. I just think we would kill something like that.” Bassett agreed, saying, “I think we would.”