All’s fair in love and basketball! Omar Epps and his former costar Sanaa Lathan reunited on Sunday, June 13, to celebrate the 15th anniversary of their beloved movie Love & Basketball.
The two actors got together in Los Angeles at the L.A. Film Festival, joining fellow cast members Glenndon Chatman, Dennis Haysbert, Kyla Pratt, Alfre Woodard, and director Gina Prince-Bythewood.
Epps, now 41, and Lathan, now 43, led the romantic drama as childhood sweethearts Quincy McCall and Monica Wright, respectively. The two played next-door neighbors with hoop dreams and a rocky romantic relationship.
The flick hit theaters in 2000, making $27.5 million at the domestic box office. While its haul was not huge, Love & Basketball quickly became a cult classic and took home a BET Award and NAACP Image Awards.
Sanaa Lathan & Omar Epps during Essence Hollywood Issue Party in 2001.
Credit: J. P. Aussenard/WireImage
Lathan shared a shot from the event on her Instagram account, writing, “Play you for your heart? LA Film fest reunion last night. 15 year anniversary of #LOVEANDBASKETBALL.” She went on to post a shot of herself as a young woman in the movie, writing, “Now that’s a throwback. #loveandbasketball 15th anniversary.”
In the 15 years since the New York City native played the WNBA star, she has continued her acting career on the big screen in movies like Brown Sugar, Alien vs. Predator, Contagion, and The Best Man Holiday, while also booking roles in shows such as Nip/Tuck, The Cleveland Show, and Boss.
Lathan’s on-screen love interest has nabbed television and film roles as well. Epps went on to appear in Conviction, House, and Resurrection. The star is also the father of three children and married singer Keisha Spivey in 2006.
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