Young guns having some fun: Tinseltown’s kiddie auteurs

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Young guns having some fun: Tinseltown’s kiddie auteurs

Three of Hollywood’s young breakout stars are taking over jobs behind the cameras

Zola Zingithwa


Forget artificial intelligence taking over your job. Apparently it’s the small brains lodged in the skulls of the young ones you should be worried about. That’s because children in Hollywood are now taking jobs usually reserved for adults. And we all know that once Hollywood predicts it, the rest of the world follows. Three young breakout stars are no longer satisfied with appearing in front of the camera, but are now working behind the scenes.
Marsai Martin
First up is the youngest executive producer of a Hollywood film at the age of 14. Marsai Martin, known for her breakout role as Diane Johnson on the hit sitcom Black-ish, is an executive producer of the film Little, alongside her co-star Regina Hall and Black-ish creator Kenya Barris. The film is about a Miranda Priestly-like boss who one day wakes up in the body of a young child and needs the help of her abused assistant to get back her life.
Martin first pitched the idea to Barris when she was 10 years old, according to VH1, after being inspired by the 1988 film Big. The film will be released on April 12 in the US, with the international release dates still to be determined.
Brooklynn Prince
Brooklynn Prince starred in the Oscar nominated film The Florida Project at the age of six. She then upstaged every other star at the premiere of the film at only seven years old.
Now, at the age of eight, the award-winning actor has decided it is time to launch her film directing career. In January she posted images on Instagram showing her behind the camera, starting work on her short film Colours.
She was mentored by The Florida Project director, Sean Baker, and worked with an experienced cinematographer. The short was filmed in three days and is set to make an appearance in February on the Facebook and Instagram curated channels, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Iain Armitage
Before he was Young Sheldon or being accused of all sorts of atrocities as Ziggy Chapman on Big Little Lies, Iain Armitage was first a theatre critic.
At six years old, on his YouTube channel, Iain Loves Theatre, he critiqued Broadway shows and interviewed celebrities such as Sting. In 2015, Perez Hilton even hired him to cover the Tony awards. His videos have racked up over a million views and thousands of subscribers. He is still an online critic, but his hit TV shows are probably keeping him a little too busy these days.

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