High school student Audeva Agyeman didn’t cancel her prom plans when her date fell through. She just took along a cardboard cut-out of her favorite movie star instead. But little did she know just what her resourcefulness and never-give-up attitude would lead to.
In April 2018 teenager Audeva Agyeman went viral with some snapshots that she’d tweeted from her high school prom night in Philadelphia. And the reason? Well, she attended the date with none other than a full-size cardboard cut-out of film actor Michael B. Jordan.
“After not being able to get a prom date from procrastinating and waiting till the last minute, I spent 3 hours making my sexy prom date.” This was the caption that Agyeman posted alongside the photos explaining her unusual choice of company for the night. She also cheekily tagged the actor himself and Ellen DeGeneres in a bid to meet the real version.
Agyeman later explained her actions in an interview with Essence magazine. Both her two original choices, friends Tyler and Dillon, couldn’t make it, while everyone else she asked turned her down on account of it being a prom for an all-girls school. “So I decided, let me make a cardboard cutout because I’m always being unique, so I knew this would stand out,” she recalled.
Michael B. Jordan, of course, is the Hollywood actor whose film credits include Creed, Fruitvale Station and Black Panther. But it was one of his TV roles that sparked Agyeman’s interest in him. The teen told Essence that she first fell for him when he appeared in critically acclaimed crime drama The Wire.
Agyeman subsequently received plenty of support on Twitter for her creative approach to prom night. “I stan an innovator,” wrote one particularly impressed user. Meanwhile, in reference to the real thing, another wondered, “Maybe she’ll get to meet him?” And then the real thing waded in.
Indeed, after seeing the photo on Instagram of his cardboard cut-out being taken to prom, Michael B. Jordan commented, “This is called commitment.” Agyeman then went viral again with a video of her emotional response to reading Jordan’s words. But that wasn’t to be the end of the story.
In fact, following all the attention surrounding her prom “date,” Agyeman was approached on social media by the team behind boxing sequel Creed 2. After accepting their invitation to be part of “a special project for super fans,” the teen was chauffeured from her home to Pennsylvania’s Sunset Studios. There, she was interviewed while – unbeknownst to Agyeman – a certain actor was stood right behind her.
That man, of course, was the real-life hero whom Agyeman had once taken a cardboard cut-out of to prom. “I was so confused,” Agyeman told HuffPost, recalling the moment when she realized who was stood behind her. “I told the people, ‘You guys tricked me,’ and they all laughed.” The Creed 2 team had informed her that Jordan wouldn’t be involved in the project.
Agyeman described the incident in further detail to the Press Association. “Midway into the interview, I feel a source of heat behind me, and I assumed I was just getting hot from nervousness,” she said. “Thirty seconds later, they ask me if my cutout was as tall as what’s behind me, and I turn my head and he was no more than one foot behind me.”
“At first I was like, ‘Oh.’ Then it registered in my mind, and I freaked out for a solid five minutes,” Agyeman added. “He stood there, arms ready for a hug, and I was to the side hyperventilating and jumping up and down.” Thankfully, she eventually calmed down enough to get the hug she’d dreamed about.
During her interview with HuffPost, Agyeman elaborated upon just how starstruck she’d been. She admitted that she “barely comprehended because I was drawing blanks staring at him.” Nonetheless, the pair did manage to chat for a while before Jordan needed to return to filming.
Agyeman may have been completely tongue-tied in front of her hero, but the teenager still enjoyed each and every minute of the experience. “Honestly, I had no idea when I went to the set [that] I was going to meet him,” she told HuffPost. “And it goes down as one of the best days in my life.”
Agyeman later posted a couple of photos online of her encounter with Jordan. In the first image, the teen shows off a beaming smile as she wraps her arms around her hero. And that smile becomes even bigger in the second pic, when Jordan goes cheek to cheek as he leans in for a close-up selfie.
But Agyeman couldn’t stop herself from asking Jordan for another favor. “Eventually he had to go back to work, and as he left I asked him if he’s going to go to senior prom with me in May,” she told the Press Association. “He said, ‘Dang, how many proms are you going to?’ So who knows, maybe I might see him again.”
Jordan later shared a video of the meeting on his official Instagram account. He captioned it: “I had to surprise @uhdeevuh after hearing about her taking me (kinda. Lol) to Prom. She had no idea we would bring her to the set of @creedmovie but you know I had to show her some love since I couldn’t actually be her date.”
However, it looks like Jordan might now have some competition for Agyeman’s affections. The teen’s Twitter profile features the subheading of “Mrs. Chance and B. Jordan.” The Chance refers to the multiple Grammy Award-winning hip-hop artist known as Chance the Rapper, who is also pictured alongside Jordan on Agyeman’s Twitter profile background.
The film whose producers helped to arrange the meeting, Creed 2, will hit cinemas in November 2018. This sequel to the 2015 box office hit sees Jordan reprise his role as Adonis Creed, as he attempts to avenge the death of his father. The Rocky franchise’s eighth instalment also again features Sylvester Stallone as Creed’s trainer.
The release of Creed 2 will cap off a busy year for Jordan. Earlier in 2018 he gave an eye-catching performance as Erik Killmonger in the superhero film Black Panther. He then appeared alongside Sofia Boutella and Michael Shannon in HBO TV movie Fahrenheit 451.
Jordan has also signed up to voice Julian Chase in Gen: Lock, an animated U.S. sci-fi series about a group of pilots in a brutal future society. In addition, he’s committed to playing scientist Mark Reese in Raising Dion, a Netflix adaptation of Dennis Liu’s sci-fi comic book. Both projects are due to premiere in 2019.