I admire and respect Kaluuya’s work and his talent, but this is still very much a Keke Palmer movie. Yet she is still humble enough to admire him for everything he does well. During the global press conference, Palmer told Complex that she had her eye set on working with her co-star since the first time she saw him act. “I was very excited when Jordan told me that I was going to be working with Daniel. I will never forget when I watched the Black Mirror episode (“Fifteen Million Merits”) that he starred in. I always bring it up; I know it’s crazy because it’s just a short episode of something, but he really showed such a nuanced performance. I thought to myself, ‘This is a great actor. I would love to work with him,” Palmer told Complex. “When you work with great actors it only makes you better. And so when we did the film, I was very excited about what I was going to learn from him. He’s just a very generous actor, very patient, listens, trusts himself, and really does not second-guess his instincts, which I think is so important that you can do sometimes as an actor.”

She continued: “Part of our job is to get approval or for somebody to say, ‘That was it.’ He doesn’t have that. He kind of knows intrinsically what’s right to him, and I think that confidence also encourages the other person that’s watching. I’d imagine that works so well with his relationship as a filmmaker with Jordan because he knows what he’s trying to do and it’s good to see that.”

Palmer is not a rookie, so I assume it is easy for her to spot those qualities in a fellow actor. She has starred in two other movies this year, Lightyear and Alice, and her first film credit dates back to 2004’s Barbershop 2: Back in Business. She has been acting since she was 10 years old, and has since landed her own Nickelodeon show True Jackson, VP, a slew of TV and movie acting roles like Scream Queens and Akeelah and the Bee, hosting gigs, a long list of voice acting credits, and she also has an Emmy for her Facebook Watch series Keke Palmer’s Turnt Up with the Taylors. Not to mention, her ability to go viral with nearly every interview she does or via memes is remarkable, but it’s all a credit to how magnetic and appealing she is, especially when she’s just being herself. Yet, some people are still calling Nope her breakout role. Others, who have been paying attention, are demanding that she gets more love and attention for what she has accomplished even before the Peele movie, and all by the tender age of 28.