Malia Obama Goes On With A “New Name” In Her Career

Malia Obama Makes Directorial Debut at Sundance Film Festival

Malia Obama, daughter of former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, recently premiered her first movie as a director, “The Heart,” at the Sundance Film Festival. She chose to be credited as Malia Ann.

Born on July 4, 1998, Malia Ann Obama carries a middle name in honor of Barack’s mother, who passed away in 1995 from ovarian cancer. Growing up as the president’s daughter and graduating from Harvard, Malia decided to pursue a career in screenwriting.

Malia not only directed but also wrote the script for her latest film, “The Heart,” and used her stage name, Malia Ann. She made her red carpet debut at the 2024 Sundance Film Festival earlier this month.

Malia’s first foray into the film industry was as a member of the writing team for the Amazon Prime show “Swarm,” which debuted in 2021. The show, featuring Rory Culkin and Billie Eilish, marked a solid start to her career.

Janine Nabers, a co-creator of “Swarm,” praised Malia, saying, “She’s an incredible writer. She brought a lot to the table… She’s really, really dedicated to her craft.”

Stephen Glover, an executive producer of “Swarm,” emphasized that Malia was treated like any other member of the creative team, despite her famous background. “We can’t be easy on her just because she’s the former President’s daughter,” he said. “She’s very down to earth and cool. So, it’s not a problem at all.”

Her parents, Barack and Michelle Obama, are incredibly proud of her accomplishments. For her last birthday, they sent her heartfelt messages of support.

“Happy birthday to this talented, hilarious, and beautiful young woman,” Barack wrote on Instagram. “Malia, I hope 25 brings you everything you’re looking for and more.”

Michelle also expressed her love, writing, “Happy birthday, Malia! I feel so lucky to be your mom and to watch you become the wonderful young woman you are today. Love you so much!”

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