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Black-ish star, Marsai Martin has earned the Guinness World Records title for youngest Hollywood executive producer for her breakout film Little.

'Black-ish' Star Marsai Martin, Breaks Record for the Youngest Hollywood Executive Producer

Martin, who is known for playing Diane on ABC’s “Black-ish,” has broken a Guinness World Record as the youngest Hollywood executive producer to work on a major production.

“It feels crazy, honestly,” Martin said in a video of her certificate presentation. “A world record? That’s insane.”

Although Martin 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 — and 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 Martin.

'Black-ish' Star Marsai Martin, Breaks Record for the Youngest Hollywood Executive Producer

“To be able to create a film, to star in it and be with your favorite stars, and actually seeing that entire experience was so amazing,” Martin said during the certificate presentation.

Martin reportedly pitched the idea for the film herself to “Black-ish” producer Kenya Barris, who also served as one of the producers of “Little,” when she was 10. After the pitch was accepted, Martin signed a deal with Universal Pictures, developing scripted projects, in 2019.

'Black-ish' Star Marsai Martin, Breaks Record for the Youngest Hollywood Executive Producer

Although she was not presented with the award until this year, the record acknowledges that she was 14 years and 241 days old when “Little” was released.

Martin 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, “StepMonster.”

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As her list of accomplishments grows by the minute, Martin believes in utilizing her success to inspire others to chase their dreams.

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She hopes to encourage other young people to “see that anything is possible, no matter how old you are, no matter what time, what place, it has to all start with you.”



Uzonna Anele
Anele is a web developer and a Pan-Africanist who believes bad leadership is the only thing keeping Africa from taking its rightful place in the modern world.

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