Marsai Martin Has 1 Rule About All Her Projects

Marsai Martin is just a teenager, but the young star is already changing Hollywood one bit at a time. She was first introduced to the world on the hit comedy series black-ish and has since starred in other movies and TV shows. But she’s done more than that: she’s a boss in her own right.

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Marsai Martin attends the 51st NAACP Image Awards – Nominees Luncheon on February 01, 2020 in Pasadena, California | Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images

Marsai Martin is a rising star in Hollywood

Black-ish launched Martin to stardom back in 2014, and the Texas-born actor has been booked and busy ever since. Martin has received numerous awards and nominations for her role on black-ish, including three NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series and a Young Artist Award.

Her first movie was Amazon Studios’ 2016 film An American Girl Story – Melody 1963: Love Has to Win, which takes place during the civil rights movement.

In 2019, Martin starred in Little, her first studio feature film, alongside Insecure creator Issa Rae. Martin and Rae have a few things in common: much like Rae, Martin has a desire to create new content centering Black voices today.

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Marsai Martin receives the Rising Star Award at The Caucus of Producers, Writers and Directors 38th Annual Caucus Awards Gala on March 4, 2021 | Getty Images/Getty Images for the 2021 Caucus Awards Gala

Marsai Martin is a working producer at a young age

Little marked a huge turning point in Martin’s career. At just 13 years old, she was the executive producer of the film, making her the youngest person in Hollywood to ever produce a movie as well as the youngest Black producer.

In February 2019, her company Genius Productions signed a first-look production deal with Universal. She is the youngest person to get a first-look deal at Universal — and the youngest person ever to get a deal at any studio.

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The creators of got milk? kick off a new campaign with celebrated actress, TV/film star, and Hollywood’s youngest executive producer Marsai Martin on Thursday, September 10, 2020 | Rachel Murray Framingheddu/Getty Images for California Milk Processor Board

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Marsai Martin has a strict rule about all of her movies and TV shows

Martin is perhaps the most mature 16-year-old in the entertainment industry, so she doesn’t take her production company lightly. She only wants to greenlight projects that align with her values and contain stories that she wants to tell — often that haven’t been told anywhere else before.

Martin spoke with The Hollywood Reporter after the 2021 NAACP Image Awards, where she took home two prizes. She revealed that she has a few ground rules that she and the production company follow when considering a project.

“I have a couple of rules when you come into my office,” Martin said. “I don’t do Black pain. If it’s Black pain, I don’t go for it, because there’s so many films and projects about that, so that’s not who I am. I want to make sure that it is diverse and real in its own way.”