Awkwafina
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United States
2019

Awkwafina

Actor

Born Nora Lum, Awkwafina moved from rapper to film star with breakout supporting roles in “Ocean’s 8” and “Crazy Rich Asians.” She hosted “SNL” in late 2018 and then showed her dramatic chops in the indie tearjerker “The Farewell,” which sold to A24 out of Sundance in 2019 for $6 million. Up next is December’s “Jumanji: The Next Level,” and down the line are Marvel’s “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” and the live-action “Little Mermaid,” where she’ll play Scuttle. Awkwafina will continue swimming in A-list waters in Ryan Murphy’s star-studded Netflix Broadway adaptation “The Prom,” and in 2020, she takes on her first starring TV role with “Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens,” a Comedy Central series loosely based on her life.

 

 

 

Career

  • CRAZY RICH ASIANS
  • OCEAN'S 8
  • THE FAREWELL

Education

  • State University of New York Albany (NY, USA)

Variety Honors

  • Variety Power of Women
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'The Farewell's' Awkwafina on Her First Golden Globe Nomination, Female Director Snubs

'The Farewell's' Awkwafina on Her First Golden Globe Nomination, Female Director Snubs

Awkwafina just might've had her best Monday ever.Shortly after 5 a.m., the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. announced that she'd earned her first Golden Globe nomination (as best actress in a motion picture - musical or comedy) for her performance in "The Farewell." But she didn't have a ton of time to celebrate, since she had to get ready for a big night at the "Jumanji: The Next Level" premiere."I wish I would have celebrated more," Awkwafina told Variety's Angelique Jackson...

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