by Muthoni Kimani
December 2, 2020
Marsai Martin is officially a Guinness World Record holder for being the youngest Hollywood executive producer! The 16-year-old actress won the title for her film Little, which she released in 2019.
She posted on Instagram;
"Y'all...I done broke a record 😭 What an amazing honor. Who knew Little would be historic? Huge thanks to Kenya Barris, Tracy Oliver, Tina Gordon, Will Packer, James Lopez, and our WPP team ... Thank you to our dope friends at Universal. Eric Baiers, Peter Cramer, Donna Langley, and my wonderful creators Momma & Daddy for making my dreams come true over and over again."
Although Marsai is now 16 years old, she technically broke the record in 2019, as a result of her work on the film "Little." She just wasn't presented with this award but was officially declared a record-breaker by Guinness until now.
Along with producing, Martin also played a lead role in the film alongside actors Regina Hall and Issa Rae. In "Little," a tech entrepreneur, played by Hall, wakes up in the body of her former 13-year-old self, played by Marsai.
During the certificate presentation she said;
"To be able to create a film, to star in it and be with your favourite stars, and seeing that entire experience was so amazing."
Martin reportedly pitched the idea herself to "Black-ish" producer Kenya Barris, who also served as one of the producers of "Little," when she was 10. After Barris accepted the pitch, Martin signed a deal with Universal Pictures, developing scripted projects, in 2019.
President of Universal Pictures, Peter Cramer said;
"She is not only tremendously talented in front of the camera, but offers a unique perspective as a creator and producer that will resonate with all audiences."
That said Marsai will appear in the 2021 edition of the physical Guinness World Records Book. In the meantime, Marsai's production company, Genius Productions, is currently working on another film, "step monster."