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Malia Obama Celebrates Sweet 16: First Daughter Has Worked on Steven Spielberg's 'Extant'

First Posted: Jul 04, 2014 04:48 PM EDT
First Lady Michelle Obama mother Marian Robinson, daughters Sasha Obama and Malia Obama

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In addition to ringing in Independence Day with the rest of America, the Obamas are also celebrating the 16th birthday of first daughter Malia Obama.

Later Friday, President Barack Obama and the first lady were to mark the Fourth of July with a concert by Pitbull on the South Lawn of the White House. The guest list includes military heroes and their families, the Daily Mail reported.

President Obama and the first lady have a lot of reasons to be proud of their eldest daughter, who appears to already be pursuing a career in Hollywood. Last month, the teen spent time in Los Angeles working behind the scenes on Steven Spielberg's new science fiction TV show, the New York Daily News reported. She worked as a production assistant on the set of the Academy Award-winning filmmaker's new series, "Extant," starring Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry.

Michele Obama accompanied her daughter to CBS Studios, where the latter helped with reshoots of the pilot. She also assisted with computer alignments and used a production slate before a take, the Daily Mail reported.

Sources on set say that despite being the president's daughter, Malia did not receive special treatment and performed menial tasks just like all people do when they first start out working behind the camera in Hollywood.

Actress Camryn Manheim raved about Malia and her job performance onset.

"I can tell you that [Malia] is graceful, and lovely, and just charming and delightful. ... She's pretty remarkable. I mean, they are a remarkable family," she told ET.

"When you get hoisted into the spotlight like that, and you grow up under the scrutiny of everybody, and to come out being so charming and in charge of herself, with so much poise, it's beautiful. Any parent would look at her and be proud," Manheim continued, per the Daily Mail.

The president revealed during an interview with the New Yorker in January that his older teen daughter is an aspiring filmmaker and a fan of HBO's "Girls."

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