African-American parents Joshua and Carol Martin gave birth to Caila Marsai Martin in Plano, Texas, on August 14, 2004.
Following a photo shoot, Marsai began her acting career. In exchange for her father’s pledge that he would submit the pictures to talent agencies, the photographer gave them a discount. Four agencies received the images, and one of them instantly signed her. She landed her first national ad at the age of five for Choice Hotels. In order for her to pursue a career in acting, her family then relocated to Los Angeles in 2013.
The ABC sitcom Black-ish, which aired from 2014 to 2022, gave Marsai, an American actress, the role of Diane Johnson.
Marsai made history in 2019 by becoming the youngest person to ever produce a studio movie as she acted in the comedy Little, which she also produced. She was included in Time magazine’s “Time 100 Next” that same year.
Marsai appeared in the Kenya Barris-produced ABC sitcom Black-ish in 2014 as Diane Johnson, the child of Andre (Anthony Anderson) and Rainbow Johnson (Tracee Ellis Ross).
Taking the lead in the Amazon Studios original movie An American Girl Story – Melody 1963: Love Has to Win, which is set in Detroit during the Civil Rights Movement, Marsai made her acting debut in 2016. She performed a voice role for the film Nina the same year.
Marsai featured in Universal Pictures’ 2019 comedy Little, her debut studio feature picture. She was the youngest person to ever create a movie and the youngest African-American producer when she was appointed executive producer of the picture when she was just 13 years old.
Marsai’s company, Genius Productions, agreed to a first-look production deal with Universal in February 2019. StepMonster, a comedy about a young woman adjusting to life with a new stepmother, is Marsai’s first film as a result of the agreement. She is the youngest person to receive a first-look contract from Universal and the youngest to do so from any studio.
It was revealed in May 2019 that Marsai would produce and appear in the Universal Pictures adaptation of Amari and the Night Brothers.
In the 2021 movie PAW Patrol: The Movie, she provided the voice for the character Liberty. Marsai was cast in the upcoming movie Fantasy Football opposite Kelly Rowland and Omari Hardwick, it was confirmed in April 2022.
Over the years, Marsai has bagged several nomination s of which she won a huge number of them. Notable among the awards she won are:
NAACP Image 2017 Awards: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series – Black-ish
NAACP Image 2017 Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Youth from Black-ish
Kidscreen Awards 2018: Best acting in Melody
Black-ish Shorty (2018): Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
NAACP Image Awards (2019): Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series – Black-ish
NAACP Image Awards (2019) Outstanding Performance by a Youth from Black-ish
NAACP Image Awards 2020: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series – Black-ish
NAACP Image Award 2020: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture Little
NAACP Image Award 2020: Outstanding Breakthrough Performance in Motion Picture Little