Mikaela Spielberg, 23, has already posted a few solo erotic videos on the internet and looks forward to finding work as a stripper in her home of Nashville, Tennessee.
She used the very same webcam to Facetime dad, Steven Spielberg and spill the big news.
The legendary Hollywood director's daughter sat down with The U.S. Sun to discuss her star-studded childhood, Spielberg's parenting style, public response thus far, and why she views her new decision as a way of re-framing her relationship to her own body.
The younger Spielberg explained in her interview that her decision to begin self-producing the porn videos--which have only included her thus far--came from a combination of two main factors.
First, she decided to celebrate her body rather than internalize the body shame she'd experience, especially living in a southern state like Tennessee.
"I got really tired of not being able to capitalize on my body and frankly, I got really tired of being told to hate my body."
"I've always been a very sexually natured person, which has gotten me in trouble before. Not in a predatory way, but just in the sense that people here in the South might not yet be comfortable with that."
Spielberg went on to tell the Sun that the previous "trouble" and presumed hatred of her body went hand in hand during her adolescent years.
She explained that sexual "predators" groomed and abused her as a child, contributing to the formation of eating disorders and a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder.
Spielberg spent her teen years drinking heavily to self-medicate for those unresolved issues.
"I was really out of control from about the age of 11 years old, even to up up to two years ago."
"So that out of control-ness only stopped pretty recently. When I was 21, I used to drink every day and that went on for like two years until I almost died a couple of times."
Besides committed work with a therapist and a supportive fiance, Spielberg attributed her current mental health poise to the unique function of sex work as a deliberate about-face against those body and self-esteem issues.
But beyond that personal empowerment, she cited the desire to be more financially independent as a key variable in the new career change.
"My main hope is just that I get somewhere lucrative enough to where I'm not tied down financially by things. And then I can really start saying to people there's nothing wrong with me using my body in a way that feels comfortable to support myself."
"I can't stay dependent on my parents or even the state for that matter - not that there's anything wrong with that - it just doesn't feel comfortable for me."
Spielberg was adopted as a baby in 1996 by Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw, his wife.
She was raised in their Hollywood home, attending Spielberg's blockbuster action film sets and editing rooms, running around parties full of recognizable movie stars, and attending the Oscars with her father.
Despite those difficulties, Mikaela was quick to assure the Sun that her parents never spoiled her, taught the values of hard work, and have always identified and supported her unique talents.
That said, it was undoubtedly nerve-wracking to break the news to her parents, over Facetime no less. She described their response as "intrigued," but certainly not "upset," and Spielberg has confidence that they trust her judgment.
"My safety has always been a number one priority for them."
"I'm doing this, not out of an urge to hurt anybody or be spiteful about it, I'm doing this because I want to honor my body in a way that's lucrative."
"I actually think that once they see how far I've come from the bottom I was at a year and a half ago, they're going to look at this and go, 'Wow, we actually raised are really self-assured, young lady.'"
Spielberg said the internet response to her initial announcement on Instagram was more mixed.
"So I have 50% of the people going, 'Let me see your boobs!' and then 50% of the people going, 'How dare you ruin this last name for us?'"
"People will be resentful about this, people will be angry because it's like almost like I'm taking a piece of their security away by being independent."
"People sometimes can feel pretty entitled to your body, to your respect, to your time."
Certainly, Spielberg is well-versed in handling the emotional demands of a celebrity fan base.
Other folks on social media offered a wide variety of responses.
@DailyCaller @LIbirdlover Please tell me he won’t direct.— Jen Conway (@Jen Conway)1582146582.0
Some were really into the pun approach.
@DailyCaller Close Encounters of the Backdoor Kind— Flea Bailey, Esq. (@Flea Bailey, Esq.)1582144433.0
@DailyCaller Well, at least we know what she was doing with that toy lightsaber all these years. https://t.co/7zphTatn1O— Joshua Stone (@Joshua Stone)1582144501.0
Of course, there's the "I have no words" crew.
@DailyCaller https://t.co/1gTTg5xbG0— Doctor Why 🏴☠️ (@Doctor Why 🏴☠️)1582145194.0
@DailyCaller https://t.co/D99EG8M0at— American Mom ⭐⭐⭐ (@American Mom ⭐⭐⭐)1582150940.0
Spielberg did post a series of solo videos on Pornhub.com, but has since taken them down while she pursues her Tennessee Sex Workers License. This will allow her to follow the internet content with real life work as an erotic dancer.
It's clear that she's fully committed to the new lifestyle.