Malia Obama has made a jump to the writers’ room, and we can’t wait to see what she comes up with
Anyone who’s watched Malia Obama grow up (so, all of America, pretty much) knows that the elder First Daughter has big Hollywood dreams. She worked as a production assistant on the HBO series Girls, interned for Harvey Weinstein (big yikes), and spent her gap year before heading to Harvard learning about the film and TV industry firsthand. And now, it all seems to have paid off for the 22-year-old grad — she just landed a pretty major Hollywood gig.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Malia will be a writer on Donald Glover’s upcoming series, Hive. It’s set to stream on Amazon Prime, and will reportedly be about a major, Beyoncé-like public figure, something the First Daughter of Barack Obama probably knows a thing or two about. The series is created by Janine Nabers, and Glover will serve as an executive producer.
It’s been clear for years now that Malia had aspirations to break into the entertainment industry, so we’re pretty excited for her to have landed such a major gig at such a young age. We can’t wait for the series to drop, and to see how she does as a writer. But the entertainment biz is becoming more and more of a family affair, so we have a feeling she’s going to do just fine.
Malia’s parents, Barack and Michelle, have an ongoing deal with Netflix, which has allowed them to produce some pretty major documentaries, including the Oscar-winning American Factory, and Becoming, which went behind-the-scenes of Michelle’s book tour for her bestselling memoir. And Michelle recently announced her upcoming project: A cooking show for kids called Waffles and Mochi.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hive is one of the first projects Donald Glover is doing in a new partnership with Amazon. He previously worked with FX, but just recently left to take this deal with the streaming giant. Phoebe Waller-Bridge also signed a deal with Amazon after she wrapped up the second season of Fleabag, and there are already plans for her and Glover to work together — they’ll be writing, producing, and co-starring in an upcoming series adaptation of Mr. and Mrs. Smith. No word on whether Malia Obama will be involved with any projects other than Hive right now, but we definitely don’t think it’s the last we’ll see from her in the industry.