Stars of 'Akeelah'
"My mom, my sisters and my dad helped me study for the words," Keke says. "My sister was 16 at the time, I was 11, and she threw a little spelling bee. We would take all the words from the script and would spell them together. Whoever won would get $10…so I won."
Was Keke ever intimidated by her famous co-stars? "At first I was a little scared [of Laurence] because I've seen The Matrix," she says. "I was like, 'Well, my God. This is going to be Morpheus!' But then when I met him, he was so nice. We joked around and had fun."