President Obama’s oldest daughter, Malia took Hollywood by storm this week and got her feet a little wet … In the world of production.
Earlier this week, Malia spent a day on the set of Steven Spielberg’s forthcoming Summer sci-fi series, Extant working as a production assistant. “She helped with computer shop alignments and the director also let her slate a take,” an insider said.
Another source tells TMZ that the 15-year-old was treated just like all PA’s … Basically little peons to go fetch coffee. The source tells the news outlet that she also helped the crew by “blocking people from walking through scenes during shooting.”
Per The Wrap, Malia, who has expressed interest in film making, was overheard saying, “My first time. This is a big deal.”
It’s worth noting that not only was Malia working for Spielberg, but Halle Berry who is featured on the upcoming series. (Can somebody say nerve wracking?) But it sounds like Malia handled herself just fine and enjoyed her day on set.
According to the program’s description, Berry plays the role of an astronaut who tries to reconnect with her husband and son after returning from a year-long space mission.
“I’m always on the lookout for amazing roles, and when you see material that contains this strong of auspices, nuance and complexity, it compels me to run toward it no matter the medium,” Berry said in a statement. “For five months a year I’ll get to live with and play this incredibly intelligent and vulnerable woman, and for the remainder of the year I’ll continue to look for other roles that move me as deeply as this one.”
TimesUp! Tracee Ellis Ross Wants More Money For ‘Blackish’
Tracee Ellis Ross is reportedly the latest star tackling gender wage gap in Hollywood head on.
As the #MeTooMovement continues to stay relevant around the world and the TimesUp campaign continues to grow, women are starting to speak out about making less money than their male co-stars.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ross makes significantly less money than her black-ish co-star, Anthony Anderson, and now is fighting for equal pay. Per the report, “Ellis Ross feels that if she isn’t brought up to Anderson’s level, she may opt to appear in fewer episodes to make up the disparity by guesting on another show.”
A source at ABC also suggested that a “new deal will significantly increase her compensation and cautioned that Anderson and Ellis Ross’ roles aren’t equal given that he has been attached to Black-ish from the start and is an executive producer.”
SIDE NOTE: That was also the argument when E! News host, Catt Sadler stepped down due to making less than Jason Kennedy. At the time, the network claimed Jason had other duties, which also included his contributions to the Today show.
Ross has yet to comment on the report, but if she does take a step back, this means the show will be more male dominated; after all, Zoe, played by Yara Shahidi, is now in college and has her own spinoff show, Grownish.
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