Actress and producer Marsai Martin just made the 2021 Guinness Book of World Records! The actress is officially the youngest Hollywood executive producer in history, and she has the title (and a plaque) to prove it.
Marsai was awarded the record via her 2019 film Little, which she produced at the ripe old age of just 14! Marsai herself shared the news on Instagram, writing, “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.”
The Guinness World Records account also shared a video of Marsai talking about the honor. “To be able to create a film, star in it, be with your favorite stars, and actually seeing that entire experience was so amazing,” she shared. “It was so fun and so exciting because with my mind, I always want to create things that make me happy and that I would actually imagine myself doing or being a part of. With those types of ideas that I have, it’s insane when it actually comes into fruition.”
Last year, Marsai spoke to Teen Vogue about her film, which featured an all-Black lead cast and a Black woman director; this important representation was part of what Marsai called her plan to “change the normal.” She explained, “[Little] made me feel like this can happen. It wasn’t impossible. We definitely need more [representation] in the industry.” As she continues her career, more projects like Little are on her radar. “Of course, the more I keep creating, the more that will probably happen.”