Malia Obama Set To Make Her Directorial Debut

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The former First Daughter might be making her directorial debut.

Malia Obama, the eldest daughter of former US President Barack Obama, has been making headlines recently for her foray into the film industry. The 23-year-old is working on a short film for Donald Glover’s new company, Gilga.

In a GQ magazine cover story, Glover, the actor-writer-producer, hinted at a new project with the former President’s daughter. Malia is no stranger to the film industry having already collaborated with Glover. The two paired up on the popular Amazon Prime series Swarm, which aired on March 17th, which she wrote the sixth episode for.


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Glover discussed how he is guiding Malia through the entertainment industry as part of the GQ cover explaining he is not only working with her but mentoring her.

“The first thing we did was talk about the fact that she will only get to do this once. You’re Obama’s daughter. So if you make a bad film, it will follow you around,” he told GQ.

“Understanding somebody like Malia’s cachet means something. But we really wanted to make sure she could make what she wanted—even if it was a slow process.”


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Glover has been very tight-lipped about the whole project not disclosing if Malia would direct the film. Despite the excitement surrounding her new project, Malia has kept a low profile and has not made any official statements as of yet. The short film’s plot specifics are also being kept hush.

Before working as a production assistant on Halle Berry’s CBS sci-fi drama series Extant, the Harvard grad held internships on Lena Dunham’s Girls and at the Weinstein Company.

Last March, Glover told Vanity Fair, “I feel like she’s just somebody who’s gonna have really good things coming soon. Her writing style is great.”

Written by Zana Zee Keough


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