She’s only 16 (she’ll be 16 on July 4), although in a couple of years, she’ll be off to college, where she’ll have to settle on a major, and it just might be cinema.
Is There a Filmmaker in the Obama Family, Named Malia Obama? The 1st Daughter is Working as a P.A. on ‘Extant’
Is There a Filmmaker in the Obama Family, Named Malia Obama? The 1st Daughter is Working as a P.A. on 'Extant'
This could very well just be a passing interest, but, according to our friends at The Wrap, the first daughter is currently working as a production assistant on the set of Halle Berry‘s upcoming Steven Spielberg-produced sci-fi series “Extant,” which debuts on CBS next month on July 9 (just in time for Malia’s 16th birthday actually).
“She helped with computer shop alignments and the director also let her slate a take,” a source told The Wrap, adding that Malia herself shared, “My first time. This is a big deal.”
Malia currently attends Sidwell Friends private school in Washington, DC (the same school that Chelsea Clinton, Tricia Nixon Cox, and Archibald Roosevelt attended, and that the grandchildren of Vice President Joe Biden attend), but is currently on summer break, which means she has the time for summer gigs, like acting as a production assistant on a much-anticipated TV show.
Hollywood is an industry in which many start from the bottom – as a production assistant, as Malia is, for example – learning how production sets (TV or film) operate, eventually picking a specific path of interest and treading it. Maybe that’s what Malia is doing here.
It’s an entry-level position,that includes providing support and assistance in almost all areas of production, and can also work for specific departments, which can be of great advantage to any candidate, when you’re getting started. The varied experiences gained from working with different departments can help one decide on which department one may want to specialize in, and afford them the opportunity to make connections with crew members in those fields.
It’s certainly not the most exciting of set positions, but it’s a start.
Let’s wait to find out if Malia is indeed truly interested in the business, or if this is simply a passing fancy. Although, in a January profile of President Obama by David Remnick for the New Yorker, it was revealed that Malia was an aspiring filmmmaker, so maybe our question has been answered officially.