2021 was a big year for 14-year-old aspiring actress and activist Malia Baker. She didn’t just get started by joining the cast of. connected Are you afraid of the darksecond season, but season two of The babysitting club, the hit Netflix series in which she stars, was released to a great deal of noise. Most recently it was announced that she will star in the new Lifetime film Trapped in its web, alongside none other than EGOT winner Whoopi Goldberg and legendary actress Garcelle Beauvais. While things are getting hot for this young Hollywood star, it’s clear she’s just getting started.
“I’m so excited!” Malia raves about the release of The babysitting club. âWaking up every day is a dream job and I get to visit some of my friends too. They all live in the States, so I never get a chance to see them unless we’re filming. âBaker was born in Botswana and was only two years old when her father moved the family to Canada Her mother’s home, where the family lives today.
Moving to the mostly white suburbs of Vancouver has been a bit of a culture shock at times, as even the simplest social norms and traditions varied. âIt was just a whole different world,â says Baker. Back in Botswana, it is customary to address respected elders as an aunt or uncle. “[My family] looks similar, mostly dark-skinned black women, so it became a neighborhood situation. “Back in Vancouver after showing her appreciation for the help with a simple” Thank you Aunt! ” to a store clerk and she said, “No, no, honey, you got it mixed up.” Baker realized how unique her upbringing had been. Different environments required different parts of her to be shown. “As this very young and multiracial girl, that realization was a great awakening at such a young age.”
These early lessons and experiences have had a huge impact on Baker, who sees herself not only as an actress but an activist as well. She has spent the past two years fighting for the causes that are close to her heart. âRight now I’m really focused on empowering women. I feel like it’s a never-ending topic. âShe took inspiration from Greta Thunberg and Malala Yousafzai, other young women who came this way before her, and she continues. As she found, the various topics she prioritizes can quickly get started on her own.
âI was lucky enough to work with Girl Up. It’s an amazing organization that focuses on recruiting girls. âAs a movement promoting girls’ skills, rights and opportunities to be leaders, the United Nations Girl Up campaign guides and encourages girls on their way out of the world Leadership personality to become a changemaker. Baker was recently nominated as a champion for the organization and co-hosted the annual #GirlHero Awards last October. “I’m among so many great women it feels like a dream is coming true!” Additionally, she also spends her time with Uniquely You, a mentoring organization that helps black girls define themselves and become who they are, She’s the First, an organization dedicated to educating and empowering girls , and Zahara’s Dream, a professional development organization that distributes clothing and creates mentoring relationships for young girls.
Next up is a busy fall and winter season for Baker. She is preparing to film in South Carolina for some time. âThis is a big change for me when I first come out of Vancouver to do my job, so it will be very, very fun,â she says. âThe new project is a studio film, so it’s bigger than what I’m used to. It’s also my first feature film, âshe exclaims with shining eyes. “There will be a whole range of new possibilities.”
As an avid reader and author, Baker also toyed with the idea of ââbringing her own project into the world. âI’ve written a book in the last year or so. It’s about my experience as a girl in today’s society. It’s something very different when it comes from the perspective of a youth. âShe pauses for a moment and ponders. “I’m just really grateful to be able to expand into different universes of writing, producing or directing or the like.” A recent chance encounter with Marsai Martin made it seem so much possible. âThere’s something else in the works!â She says before smiling brightly and showing all of her teeth.
“There are so many ways to create your own beliefs and morals and values ââand just do things that you enjoy doing,” she says, considering the high point of her work so far. âNot everyone is the type to speak to hundreds of people at a rally, and that’s fine. But I have the feeling that anyone can go to a website and click yes to a petition that is close to their heart. âAnd with that, she sets off to prepare for her next appointment, an exciting meeting in town the angel, Los Angeles.
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