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

Former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama’s daughter, Malia Obama, has transitioned into adulthood and is carving out her own path, including a decision to alter her name.

At 25 years old, Malia recently showcased her directorial debut, “The Heart,” at the Sundance Film Festival.

Interestingly, 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. Despite growing up in the public eye as the President’s daughter and graduating from Harvard, Malia has chosen to explore a career in screenwriting.

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

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

Proud parents Barack and Michelle Obama have publicly expressed their admiration for Malia, showering her with affectionate birthday wishes on her recent 25th birthday.

“Happy birthday to this talented, hilarious, and beautiful young woman,” Barack shared on Instagram. “Malia, I hope 25 brings you everything you’re looking for and more.”

Michelle echoed her husband’s sentiments, posting: “Happy birthday, Malia! I feel so lucky to be your mom and to witness the amazing young woman you’ve become. Love you so much!”

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