Marsai Martin

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Marsai Martin
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Martin at the 85th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade in Hollywood
Born
Caila Marsai Martin

(2004-08-14) August 14, 2004 (age 16)
NationalityAmerican
EducationCathyrn Sullivan Acting for Film[1]
OccupationActress, Producer
Years active2013-present
Signature
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Caila Marsai Martin (born August 14, 2004) is an American actress and executive producer. She is known for her role as Diane Johnson in the ABC comedy series Black-ish. She starred in the 2019 Universal Pictures comedy film Little, for which she was also an executive producer.[2] Martin is a nine-time NAACP Image Awards winner. Time included her on its "Time 100 Next" list in 2019.[3]

Early life[edit]

Martin was born in Little Elm, Texas,[citation needed] the daughter of Carol and Joshua Martin.[4] Marsai's acting career started after a glamour pictorial.[5] The photographer gave them discount in exchange for her father's promise that he would submit the photos taken to talent agencies.[5] The photos were sent out to four agencies and one of these immediately signed her.[5] At age five, she landed her first national commercial for Choice Hotel.[6][better source needed] Her family then moved to Los Angeles in 2013 so she could pursue an acting career.[7]

Career[edit]

In 2014, Martin was cast opposite Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross in the ABC comedy series Black-ish created by Kenya Barris. For her breakthrough role, Martin has received numerous awards and nominations, including three NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series[6][better source needed] and a Young Artist Award.[7] She has 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 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.[8] In 2019, Martin starred in her first studio feature film, the comedy Little, for Universal Pictures. At the age of 13, she became executive producer of the film, making her the youngest person in Hollywood to ever produce a movie.[9][10][11][12]

In February, 2019 Martin her Genius Productions company have signed a first-look production deal with Universal. Martin's first film as part of the deal is StepMonster, a comedy about a teenage girl who is adjusting to life with a new stepmother.[13] She become the youngest person to get a first-look deal at Universal, and the youngest person to get a deal at any studio.[14] In May 2019, it was announced Martin would be producing and starring in the film adaption of Amari and the Night Brothers for Universal Pictures.[15] In December 2019, it was announced that Martin producing the comedy film Queen.[16][17]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2016 Nina Young Girl on Tape
2016 An American Girl Story – Melody 1963: Love Has to Win Melody Ellison Direct-to-video
Winner — BET Awards — YoungStars Award
2017 Fun Mom Dinner Hannah
2017 Lemonade Mafia Kira Anderson Short film
2019 Little Young Jordan Sanders Also executive producer
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Breakthrough Performance in Motion Picture
Nominated — MTV Movie & TV Awards for Best Comedic Performance
Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress – Comedy
2021 PAW Patrol: The Movie TBA Voice role
TBA Amari And The Night Brothers Amari

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2014–present Black-ish Diane Johnson Series regular
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (2016, 2019–20)
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Performance by a Youth (Series, Special, Television Movie or Limited-series) (2017, 2019–20)
Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Series - Supporting Young Actress (2016)
Nomination — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (2017–18)
Nomination — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Performance by a Youth (Series, Special, Television Movie or Limited-series) (2016, 18)
Nomination — Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Series - Supporting Young Actress (2015)
Nomination — Young Artist Award for Outstanding Young Ensemble Cast in a Television Series (2016)
Nomination — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2017–18)
Nomination — BET Awards — YoungStars Award (2017)
2015–16 Goldie & Bear Jill Voice, 4 episodes
2016 The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show Anissa Voice, 2 episodes
2016–19 Elena of Avalor Caterina (voice) 2 episodes
2018 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Aisha Episode: "Kimmy and the Beest"
2019 Mixed-ish Diane Johnson Episode: "Becoming Bow"
2019–20 Vampirina Frankie Bolt (voice) 2 episodes
2019–20 DreamWorks Dragons: Rescue Riders Aggro Main role

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
2015 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Series - Supporting Young Actress Black-ish Nominated
2016 Won
Outstanding Young Ensemble Cast in a Television Series Nominated
NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Performance by a Youth (Series, Special, Television Movie or Mini-series) Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Won
2017 Nominated
Outstanding Performance by a Youth (Series, Special, Television Movie or Mini-series) Won
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated
BET Awards YoungStars Award Black-ish, Melody 1963: Love Has to Win Nominated
2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Black-ish Nominated
BET Awards YoungStars Award Nominated
Kidscreen Awards Best Acting Melody 1963: Love Has to Win Won
NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Performance by a Youth (Series, Special, Television Movie or Mini-series) Black-ish Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Won
2019 Shorty Awards
Phenom Award - Entertainment Won
NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Black-ish Won
NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Performance by a Youth (Series, Special, Television Movie or Mini-series) Black-ish Won
Black Reel Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress, Comedy Series Black-ish Nominated
BET Awards[18] YoungStars Award Won
2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards Best Comedic Performance Little Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actress – Comedy Little Nominated
2020[19] NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Black-ish Won
NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Performance by a Youth (Series, Special, Television Movie or Mini-series) Black-ish Won
NAACP Image Awards NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture Little Won
NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Breakthrough Performance in Motion Picture Little Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Marsai Martin official bio
  2. ^ Connley, Courtney (2019-04-13). "Marsai Martin is the youngest person to executive produce a studio film". www.cnbc.com. Retrieved 2019-04-22.
  3. ^ https://time.com/collection/time-100-next-2019/5718850/marsai-martin/
  4. ^ "Teen mogul Marsai Martin on "Little"". CBS News. March 31, 2019.
  5. ^ a b c "Meet Marsai Martin, The Youngest Executive Producer In Hollywood". NPR.org. Retrieved 2019-04-22.
  6. ^ a b Peck, Patrice. "A Brief Explainer Of Marsai Martin For Those Of You Who Don't Know Who She Is". BuzzFeed. Retrieved 2019-04-22.
  7. ^ a b "Marsai Mart asked was in as Diane Johnson - black-ish". ABC. Archived from the original on 29 January 2018. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
  8. ^ Cavassuto, Maria (25 August 2016). "TV News Roundup: Amazon Casts 'Black-ish' Star as First American Girl; Tracey Ullman Returning to HBO". Retrieved 28 January 2018.
  9. ^ "'Black-ish' Breakout Marsai Martin to Star in 'Little' for Will Packer, Kenya Barris (Exclusive)". Retrieved 28 January 2018.
  10. ^ McNary, Dave (25 January 2018). "Film News Roundup: 'Black-ish' Star Marsai Martin's Comedy 'Little' in Development". Retrieved 28 January 2018.
  11. ^ ""Black-ish's" Marsai Martin to Star in and Exec Produce Tina Gordon Comedy". 25 January 2018. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
  12. ^ Harriot, Michael. "#BlackGirlMagic: Black-ish Star Marsai Martin Set to Become Youngest Executive Producer in Hollywood History". The Grapevine. Retrieved 2019-01-29.
  13. ^ "Marsai Martin Signs First-Look Production Deal With Universal To Develop New Projects, Sets New Film 'StepMonster'". shadowandact.com.
  14. ^ "'Black-ish' Star Marsai Martin Inks First-Look Deal With Universal (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter.
  15. ^ "Mandeville, Marsai Martin Team for Fantasy 'Amari and the Night Brothers' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter.
  16. ^ "Marsai Martin Sets New Project at Universal With Comedy 'Queen' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter.
  17. ^ https://thesource.com/2019/12/20/marsai-martin-producing-new-queen-comedy-with-universal/
  18. ^ Marsai Martin Wins Well Deserved YoungStars Award! | BET Awards 2019
  19. ^ Ramos, Dino-Ray (February 23, 2020). "NAACP Image Awards: Lizzo Named Entertainer Of The Year; 'Just Mercy', 'Black-Ish', 'When They See Us' Among Top Honorees – Full Winners List".

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