Awkwafina Nora Lum  (born June 2, 1988),  known professionally as Awkwafina, is an American actress, rapper, and comedian. She is the recipient of various accolades, including a Golden Globe Award, and nominations for a British Academy Film Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and an AACTA International Award .
Awkwafina, Actress: Ocean's Eight. Nora Lum, known professionally as Awkwafina, is an American actress and rapper. She has played supporting roles in the comedy films Ocean's 8 and Crazy Rich Asians (2018), and her leading role in the comedy-drama The Farewell (2019) earned her a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress nomination.
Nora Lum, known professionally as Awkwafina, is an American actress and rapper. She has played supporting roles in the comedy films Ocean's 8 and Crazy Rich Asians (2018), and her leading role in the comedy-drama The Farewell (2019) earned her a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress nomination.
- Nora Lum
- June 2, 1988 in New York City, New York, USA
- 5' 1" (1.55 m)
- Who Is Awkwafina?
- Early Life
- School and Early Career
- Creating The Name Awkwafina
- TV Shows
- as A Role Model
In 2012, Awkwafina shared a video for her humorously boastful rap "My Vag" on YouTube. The video, which eventually went viral, cost her a job in book publicity but set her on the road to film and television stardom. In 2018 Awkwafina had key supporting roles in the hit films Ocean's 8 and Crazy Rich Asians. The next year she delivered an award-winn...
Awkwafina was born Nora Lum on June 2, 1988, in Stony Brook, Long Island. She is the daughter of Chinese American Wally and Tia, who came to the United States from South Korea to study at SUNY New Paltz. Tia, a painter, suffered from pulmonary hypertension and passed away when Awkwafina was 4. Following this loss, Awkwafina began using humor to try...
Awkwafina started playing the trumpet in school, a choice she made because it was the loudest instrument available (too many kids wanted the drums). Her playing got her into Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School (the school that inspired the film and TV show Fame), but she agreed with her teachersthat she shouldn't pursue a career with the instrument. ...
Awkwafina came up with the name Awkwafina when she was 16, with the spelling a nod to her feelings of awkwardness. Years later, when she posted the video for "My Vag" on YouTube, "it seemed disingenuousto pick a random name to put the video under, so I stuck with what I felt was right. Then people started calling me that in real life." In a 2018 in...
Awkwafina developed a love of rap music when she was young, was rapping herself by the age of 13, and later began using GarageBand to produce her own beats. "My Vag" was written when she was 19, a comeback to Mickey Avalon's "My Dick." In 2012 she recorded a low-budget video of the amusingly trash-talking song and uploaded it to YouTube. The decisi...
Awkwafina's first film role was as a sorority sister in Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016). She got the opportunity to audition because Seth Rogen, star of the movie, saw her viral YouTube video. Awkwafina next played one of a group of female stoners in Dude (2018). Dude's director, Olivia Milch, co-wrote Ocean's 8, and suggested Awkwafinajoin tha...
Awkwafina hosted the offbeat online talk show TAWK. In 2014 she appeared on MTV's Girl Code, and the following year was seen on the spinoff Girl Code Live. In 2018, Awkwafina hosted Saturday Night Live. She was the second Asian American woman to do so. The series Awkwafina Is Nora From Queenspremiered on Comedy Central in 2020. The show, a semi-aut...
Awkwafina’s NYC, a guidebook for New York City that focused on areas off the beaten path, was published in 2015.
"There are young Asian girls that really look up to me, and I say that in the most non-cocky way ever," Awkwafina told Ellein 2018. "You have to represent them well, and in doing so you can't be controversial in a way that is ignorant." Bearing this responsibility in mind, Awkwafina is thoughtful about her career. For example, when asked to speak w...
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