Malia Obama Got ‘Her Feet Wet in TV’ in the Show’s Writers Room – ‘Swarm’ Creator Says



Malia Obama’s new boss is dishing on her work as a TV writer’s room intern.


After graduating from Harvard in 2021, the former first daughter landed her first TV writing job for Amazon Prime series Swarm, co-created by Daniel Glover and Janine Nabers (who worked on HBO’s Watchmen).


The creators asked Obama, 24, to share her experiences for the drama, which follows Dre, a young woman who is obsessed with a fictional pop star who looks like Beyoncé. In a recent Vanity Fair interview, Nabers discussed what it was like to contribute to the show.

“The main characters of the show are in their 20s and Malia is in her 20s, so it was really great having someone like her in the room,” Nabers said.

“She’s a very professional person,” she added. “She’s an incredible writer and artist.”


Nabers said that for Obama, who previously interned on Lena Dunham’s Girls and at the Weinstein Company, as well as worked as a production assistant on Halle Berry’s CBS sci-fi drama series Extant, this was an opportunity to determine whether she wanted to work full-time as a TV writer.


“We really wanted to give her the opportunity to get her feet wet in TV and see if this is something she wants to continue doing,” Nabers explained.

Glover previously praised Malia’s writing abilities and strong work ethic, telling Vanity Fair, “She’s just like, an amazingly talented person.” He continued, “She’s really focused, and she’s working really hard.”

“I feel like she’s just somebody who’s gonna have really good things coming soon,” the Golden Globe winner added. “Her writing style is great.”



Her parents, former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, are equally pleased. The couple paid sweet tributes to her on social media in anticipation of her 24th birthday in July 2022.

Michelle posted a throwback snap of her and Malia as a baby, writing: “24 years ago, this day became extra special when your wonderful spirit arrived in this world. I’m so proud of the beautiful, caring and driven young woman you’ve become. I love you so, so much! Love, your Mommy.”

The former president also shared a sweet photograph of the two when Malia was just a baby, writing: “Happy birthday, Malia! No matter how sophisticated, accomplished, beautiful, and gracious a young woman you’ve become—you’ll always be my baby. And I will always be here to lift you up.”


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