– Alright everybody please
welcome Marsai Martin! (audience applauds and cheers) Now, let me tell you something. This young lady has also won
seven NAACP Image Awards. (audience applauds and cheers) You founded a production company
called Genius Productions. Where you already have a staff of six. (audience applauds and cheers) You’re the youngest filmmaker to receive a production deal ever. (audience applauds and cheers) When did you decide to become such a boss? – You know being a boss is like relative. So in my family, I was like
born and like around bosses. And leaders of their own stuff. So I feel like that’s just in my genes. You know? You know like when you like feel it? (audience applauds and cheers) – Really? – Yeah. – Alright. Well let’s talk about this film you got because it’s called Little. Tell us what it’s about and how you came up with the concept. – Well, long story short my mom’s favorite movie growing up was Big starring Tom Hanks. And, you know my parents they showed me like classical films, movies. And one of them was Big. And I saw it and I was like what if we change this
into a modern perspective. More of a fresh take and maybe have a female
empowerment all black cast. You know?
(audience applauds and cheers) Now that we have Little
coming out April 12th, it’s about a teen mogul. Or not teen mogul, a tech mogul. That has her own company and all the employees that work for her don’t really like her
because she’s really mean. She’s not the nicest person to work with. So, one day someone
takes it the wrong way. She’d get into an argument
with a 10-year-old and wishes her little to
go back into her true self, and who she really was which is me. – Let me ask you this. Because it takes courage
to do what you do. I’ve been to a lot of pitch meetings. When you were pitching
the idea that you had, were you afraid that they
wouldn’t take it seriously? How do people react when
you walk in the room? – I pitched the film when I was 10. I didn’t really know what
nervous and being afraid was, so I was like I don’t know why ya’ll mad? Like, I got this suit on.
(Steve chuckles) I’m ready to go, you know.
(Steve chuckles) I had that type of vibe where I was like, psh, there just people, I can just talk to them about anything. – It’s so good to be 10. – Yeah
(audience laughs) I’m way nervous now than when I was at 10. – Oh yeah because now you understand. – Now I know my surroundings
and more mature. – Let’s talk to you about this ’cause this movie also
stars Issa Rae, Regina Hall. (audience applauds and cheers) And a cameo by one of my favorite people Tracee Ellis Ross.
(audience applauds and cheers) One of my favorite people. It’s both produced and directed
by African American females. Are you hoping to inspire
people with this film? – Yes, of course. In many ways. There’s so many great and
powerful meanings into the film. But just having an all black cast and just being more diverse and inclusive in everything that we do. We just want to inspire
people from any age, any nationality that you know,
you can actually do this. And I think leading by example people will understand that
they can do whatever they want. This is great. (audience applauds and cheers) – What’s next for you? What are you thinking of doing? – I’m not gonna lie, it’s a lot. It’s a lot of things in the pipeline now. More Blackish of course. You get to see Blackish more. (audience applauds and cheers) And just to keep on moving
forward to doing what I love. I’m planning to do this for a long time. – My grandson is he’ll be four.
– Aw. – Pretty soon. And if you’re not dating anybody in (crowd laughing) 15, 20 years. When we come back, we’re going
to be playing a little game with Marsai. So don’t go away when we come back we’ll find out what it is. (audience applauds and cheers)