How Did Malina Weissman Go from Modelling To Acting and Who are the Members of Her Family?

Malina Weissman is the child actor who, at the age of 11, portrayed the younger version of April O’Neil, the first human ally of the Ninja Turtles in the 2014 superhero film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Two years later, she starred as ‘Rebecca Brand’ in the 2016 comedy film Nine Lives. Among other roles, she is perhaps best remembered – so far – for her role as ‘Violet Baudelaire’ in the Netflix comedy-drama web series, A Series of Unfortunate Events, appearing in 25 episodes between 2017 and 2019. On her 16th birthday, Malina was already popular enough to have well over 650,000 Instagram followers.

If you are surprised that the starlet acquired such acting clout that early, maybe your surprise will double when you learn that she was first a model who had some of the biggest global brands as her clients. So, read on as we explore Malina Weissman’s modeling career, and how she transitioned into acting.

Highlights of Malina Weissman’s Modeling Career

Although she is currently in her teenage years, Malina Weissman’s modeling pedigree already surpassed that of many 40-year-old veterans in the trade. Malina Opal Weissman was born in New York City on March 12, 2003. She took after her mother who was once a model. Malina, who is of German-American descent, became a model before she was 10.

We learned that Malina’s mother was also a model who worked (and perhaps, still works) with New York Models. It was through her mother’s assistance and connections therefore that Malina was signed to the same modeling agency that her mother worked for. Her bold other-worldly appearance and extraordinary brains and precocity were certainly the strong points that endeared her to great brands in their numbers.

Since then, she has gone on to work for notable brands such as Gap Kids, Old Navy, Saks Fifth Avenue, DKNY, and Ralph Lauren. Others include Calvin Klein, Macy’s, H&M, Bloomingdale’s, Levi’s, Benetton, and Target, among others. Despite her blossoming career as a model, Malina Weissman has recently become more of an actress than a model. Below is how the transition happened.

How Malina Weissman Successfully Transitioned Into Acting

Many people across the globe have wondered how Malina Weissman could have had the time to take acting roles while her modeling career is getting to its peak. Not only has she taken acting roles, but the New Yorker is noted for having received very extensive and challenging roles too. So, how has she been able to cope?

Everyone probably has the sense that acting and modeling are bedfellows. And, for Malina, the transition was quite natural. After her modeling gigs had given her early exposure, she also manifested the talented actress in her through TV commercials (which are essentially acting and modeling lumped together). She appeared in commercials for brands like Purell and Maybelline.

Following the wonderful acting potentials she exhibited in those commercials, Malina soon had several movie producers knocking on her door. Her acting career is managed by Paradigm and Principato Young Entertainment. Malina Weissman’s first movie appearance was in the 2014 film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, where she played the role of young April O’Neil. Two years later, she acted in the Supergirl series, playing the role of young Kara Zor-El.

Malina Weissman A Series of Unfortunate Events
Malina Weissman (L) and her ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ co-stars’: Image source

In 2017, she became all the more prominent in the Netflix series, A Series of Unfortunate Events as ‘Violet Baudelaire,’ the eldest child of the Baudelaire family and an inventor skilled in mechanics. She depicted the role of the eldest sibling of orphaned children who seek to discover hidden family secrets as they battle opposition from their extended family.

Many movie fans have observed how the budding thespian bears a close resemblance to Alias star, Jennifer Garner, with whom she starred in the movie, Nine Lives. Following her outstanding performance in the series, there is no doubt Malina certainly has a very bright and promising future in the industry. Perhaps, she is among the upcoming movie stars to look out for in the future.

Facts You Need To Know About Malina’s Family

As you might already be thinking, the dashing young lady Malina Weissman could have hardly achieved so much so early unless she had a very supportive family. Coming from a family that is well-grounded in showbiz has helped to fuel her passion for the art. And, as we aforementioned, her mother is a supermodel. Although nothing much is known about her, she is said to have worked for notable modeling brands in New York City.

More so, we have confirmed that the Instagram star Ayla Weissman is Malina Weissman’s elder sister. Ayla is noted for posting great photos and selfies on social media. She is about three years older than Malina, having been born in the year 2000. Malina and Ayla are quite close and often pose together in many of Ayla’s Instagram selfies.


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