Malia Baker is a rising teenage movie star who has captivated viewers with her remarkable acting abilities. She was born in Botswana but moved to Canada with her parents when she was two. Her passion for acting began early, as she was already participating in musical theater and dance by the time she was nine.
She played the role of a child in different movies and TV shows but didn't receive any credit for them. After being cast on the Nickelodeon horror series “Are You Afraid of the Dark” and Netflix series “The Baby-Sitters Club”, she got in the spotlight. Her journey before landing these roles has been exciting, and here's a look at the details.
Getting Into Acting And Her Earlier Roles
As a child, Malia was passionate about acting, and as soon as her parents noticed it, they took her to different auditions. Soon after, they enrolled her in an acting program that helped nurture her acting skills. Her acting career started in 2018 when she played Malia Weir in the movie "Hope at Christmas."
In 2019, she was featured on TV shows, including ABC's "A Million Little Things," where she played Alice Bolen. In the same year, she was also featured on an episode in the TV series "The Twilight Zone" and the CW show "The Flash."
Baker's Role In ‘Baby Sitters Club’
Malia Baker became well known in 2020 after she played the role of Mary Anne Spier in the Netflix series "The Baby-Sitters Club." This show is based on a children's comedy book of the same name written by Ann Martin. In general, the show shares the journey of five friends in Connecticut who are running a babysitting business together.
This comedy-drama series portrays Malia Baker as Mary Anne Spier. As a child, Baker loved the Baby Sitter book series, and years later, when she was contacted about the role, she was excited about it. What she loved the most about the show is that it depicted the importance of strong friendship bonds. Her role in the series earned her the Leo Award for the "Best Performance in a Youth Program." She was also nominated for the Emmy Awards under the " Outstanding Young Performer in Teen Program."
Malia's Role In ‘Are You Afraid Of The Dark’
As a cast on Nickelodeon's TV show, "Are You Afraid of the Dark," Malia Baker's popularity increased significantly. The film tells the story of a group of children calling themselves "Midnight Society." who meet regularly to share horror stories. Their passion for narrating horrifying stories is tested when their imaginations start to become real.
Malia plays Gabby Lewis in the show and is portrayed as a perfectionist who uses the group to escape the high expectations set for her by her parents. This was the first time Baker was taking part in a horror film. However, she was able to show versatility in her acting. Her hard work paid off after being nominated for the Kids Choice Awards.
Making A Statement in Acting
Unlike most children, Malia knew she was destined to be a movie star at a young age. Her passion for acting led her parents to take her through acting school, which was vital in unlocking her confidence on screen. Over the years, she has been featured in different films. But it wasn't until she joined the "Baby Sitter Club" cast that people got to know about her. She even earned an award for her role in this television show.