Becoming, the new Netflix documentary that follows former First Lady Michelle Obama’s 34-city book tour, promises an “unplugged” look at her life before the White House. Along with it comes unprecedented access to her two daughters—Malia, 21 and Sasha, 18.
The film, which begins streaming on Wednesday, May 6, takes us on a tour through Obama’s childhood in Chicago all the way through her eight years in the White House. When Barack Obama was first elected president in 2008, his daughters were just 10 and 7 years old, but their privacy was paramount. Malia and Sasha had never granted public interviews—until now.
The daughters’ appearance comes late in the film, after Obama speaks about her and Barack’s new chapter. “Barack and I are empty nesters, and that has been exhilarating to watch the two little beings you were in charge of grow-up,” she says, before Malia and Sasha give a short interview.
“I’m excited for her to be proud of what she’s done,” Sasha, a rising sophomore at the University of Michigan, says while sporting an Aliyah graphic tee. “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, “No longer facing that same scrutiny—being able to let all of that leave your mind, creates so much more space.”
Michelle reiterated her daughters’ positive take on the future, saying, “I want to take care of me, rediscovering my husband. My life is starting to be mine again.” She adds, “There is another chapter waiting for me out there.”