Continuing with more film history for Women’s History Month!
Actress & Producer
At 13 years old, Marsai Martin became the youngest producer in Hollywood history serving as an executive producer on the film “Little” (2019).
Born in Dallas, TX., Martin began performing at an early age. By the age of 5, she was signed to an agency and acting in national ad campaigns. In 2013, Martin and her family relocated to Los Angeles to pursue her career and within a hundred days had secured a major national ad campaign for Meineke. The national exposure eventually lead to the audition for ABC’s “Black-ish.”
Martin has played the role of Diane Johnson since 2014 on “Black-ish” (2014-2020) and its spin-off series “Mixed-ish” (2019), earning several nominations and awards for her performance including three NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series and a Young Artist Award. She has also received six NAACP Image Awards nominations and two Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.
In 2016, Martin made her feature film debut playing a leading role in the Amazon Studios’ original film “An American Girl Story – Melody 1963: Love Has to Win,” set in Detroit during the Civil Rights Movement. In 2019, Martin made her studio feature film debut opposite Issa Rae in Tina Gordon’s comedy “Little” as the younger version of Regina Hall’s character Jordan Sanders.
In addition to her starring role, Martin served as an executive producer on the film, making her—at 13 years old—the youngest producer in Hollywood. In 2019, Martin’s production company Genius Productions have signed a first-look production deal with Universal for the comedy “StepMonster,” becoming the youngest person to get a first-look deal at Universal, and the youngest person to get a deal at any studio.
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