Malia Obama, 25, debuts new name as she begins Hollywood career


Malia Obama, the daughter of former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, is now an adult who is gradually creating her own unique journey – and she has even made the choice to alter her name.

The young woman, aged 25, just presented her first film as a director, The Heart, at the Sundance Film Festival.

Surprisingly, the movie’s credits conspicuously omitted her last name.

President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and daughters Malia (L) and Sasha (R) pictured at the White House in 2015. Credit: Pete Souza / The White House / Getty.

Malia Ann Obama was born on July 4, 1998. Her middle name is a tribute to her paternal grandmother, who passed away from ovarian cancer at the age of 52 in 1995. Being the daughter of the President and graduating from Harvard, Malia chose to pursue a career in screenwriting.

Malia took on the roles of director and screenwriter in her new project, The Heart, using the name Malia Ann. She made a grand entrance on the red carpet at the festival this year, where she happily watched her movie premiere.

Malia has previous experience in the film industry. In 2021, she helped write for the show Swarm, which was shown on Amazon Prime. The series had famous actors like Billie Eilish and Rory Culkin, making it a good beginning for Malia’s career.

Malia Ann Obama attends the ‘The Heart’ premiere at the 2024 Sundance Film Festival. Credit: Dia Dipasupil / Getty.

Janine Nabers, co-creator of Swarm, praised Malia’s talent, describing her pitches as wild and hilarious. Nabers also commended her as an incredible writer who brings a lot to the table and is highly dedicated to her craft.

Stephen Glover, the executive producer of Swarm, emphasized that Malia was treated equally to other members of the creative team, despite her influential background.

He confessed to Vanity Fair that we can’t treat her lightly just because she’s the ex-President’s daughter. “No way, she’s really humble and chill. It’s not an issue at all.”

Credit: Dia Dipasupil / Getty.

Barack and Michelle Obama, proud parents, openly showed their pride in Malia by giving her affectionate birthday wishes on her 25th birthday.

Barack expressed his birthday wishes to Malia, a talented, funny, and lovely young lady, on Instagram. He hopes that turning 25 will bring her all the things she desires and even more.

Michelle repeated her Mother’s message, sharing: “Happy birthday, Malia! I am grateful to be your mother and witness the amazing person you have become. I love you dearly!”💕”

Malia Obama has transformed into Malia Ann, shifting from being the President’s daughter to a promising Hollywood screenwriter and director, showing a promising future ahead!

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