Malia and Sasha Obama Give Their First Public Interview in Netflix’s “Becoming”

  • Michelle Obama’s new Netflix documentary, Becoming, begins streaming on Wednesday, May 6.
  • As the film takes us behind the scenes of Mrs. Obama’s celebrated book tour, we’re treated to a surprise appearance from children Malia, 21, and Sasha, 18.
  • This marks the first daughters’ first public interview.

Last week, we learned that Michelle Obama would be starring in her very own Netflix documentary, Becoming, which premieres May 6. The film follows the bestselling author on her sold-out book tour, as she jumps from city-to-city while opening up about her celebrated memoir.

But as if a new, up-close-and-personal look at Mrs. Obama wasn’t enough, we’ve got more news. Because in addition to a cameo by Barack Obama himself, her daughters Malia, 21, and Sasha Obama, 18, make surprise—extremely rare—appearances in the film. And y’all, we get to hear them speak publicly for the first time.

“Barack and I are empty nesters, and that has been exhilarating to watch the two little beings you were in charge of grow-up,” FLOTUS says, shortly before the doc cuts to a brief interview with the first daughters. And they had the best things to say about their mom. (Who is Michelle Obama, in case we didn’t mention.)Video player from: YouTube (Privacy Policy, Terms)

“I’m excited for her to be proud of what she’s done,” says Sasha, who just finished her freshman year at the University of Michigan. “Because I think that that’s the most important thing for a human to do, is be proud of themselves.”

Malia, a junior at Harvard, adds that their mother is “no longer facing that same scrutiny—being able to let all of that leave your mind, creates so much more space.”