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

Malia Obama, daughter of former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama, has reached adulthood and is carving out a new path for herself, even choosing to change her name.

The 25-year-old recently unveiled her directorial debut, “The Heart,” at the Sundance Film Festival.

Notably, the film’s credits omitted her family surname.

Born Malia Ann Obama on July 4, 1998, her middle name honors her paternal grandmother, who passed away from ovarian cancer at 52 in 1995. Growing up in the spotlight as the President’s daughter and graduating from Harvard, Malia has ventured into screenwriting.

In her latest project, “The Heart,” where Malia serves as director and screenwriter, she opted for the pseudonym Malia Ann. Making a memorable appearance on the festival’s red carpet earlier this year, Malia celebrated the premiere of her movie.

However, this isn’t Malia’s first step into the film industry. In 2021, she contributed to the writing team for the series “Swarm,” which later streamed on Amazon Prime. With acclaimed cast members like Billie Eilish and Rory Culkin, “Swarm” marked a promising start to her professional journey.

“Some of her pitches were incredibly creative and hilarious. She’s an exceptional writer,” shared “Swarm” co-creator Janine Nabers with E! Online, praising Malia’s talent. “She brought a lot to the table… She’s truly dedicated to her craft.”

Despite her high-profile background, executive producer Stephen Glover emphasized that Malia received the same treatment as other members of the creative team.

“We can’t go easy on her just because she’s the [former] President’s daughter,” he told Vanity Fair. “But she’s very down-to-earth and cool. So, it’s not a problem at all.”

Proud parents Barack and Michelle Obama have publicly expressed their pride in Malia, sending her warm birthday wishes on her recent 25th birthday.

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

Michelle echoed her husband’s sentiments, posting: “Happy birthday, Malia! I feel incredibly fortunate to be your mom and to witness your journey into the remarkable young woman you are today. Love you immensely!”

From Malia Obama to Malia Ann, from being the President’s daughter to emerging as a budding Hollywood screenwriter and director, it’s evident that a bright future awaits!