Winning a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture–Musical or Comedy for her performance in The Farewell <別告訴她>, Awkwafina suddenly finds herself in the central spotlight. Currently seen in American comedy television series Awkwafina is Nora from Queens, the 31-year-old actress breaks new ground once again. In a recent interview, Akwafina talks about her road to her stardom.
Awkwafina’s win was a huge step forward in the Hollywood entertainment industry for Asian Americans. Known to be a jokester, Awkwafina drew laughs when she joked in her acceptance speech, “This is amazing, thank you guys so much. I can sell this trophy in the future if I’m not doing that great.” But she continued more seriously, “I really need to thank our amazing director – Lulu Wang (王璐璐). You gave me the most important opportunity in my life and you taught me so many things. I want to thank my grandma, she’s my best friend and she’s the person who raised me. I want to thank my mother, Tia – I’ve always known that you were watching from up there, and I still hope you still are.”
It’s Okay to Hate Myself
Growing up, Awkwafina didn’t know what she would be when she grew up. When Awkwafina’s mother passed away when she was four years old, she slowly realized her passion for making others laugh. Revealing that she has always been the class clown growing up, the actress said she would do anything for comedic effect and would never be embarrassed.
After releasing her song “My Vag” in 2012, Awkwafina captured the attention of Hollywood producers and was subsequently cast in Ocean’s 8 and Crazy Rich Asians. The Farewell is Awkafina’s biggest star-making role, but she returns to her comedic roots in new sitcom, Awkafina is Nora from Queens, which premiered on Comedy Central network on January 22.
Although her recognition levels shot up, Awkwafina kept doubting herself whenever she received job opportunities and realized that she suffers from imposter syndrome. Slowly learning how to cope with the stress through humor, Awkwafina said people still need negative energy in their lives to help them grow and stay grounded.
Facing Problems With a Smile
When The Farewell was first released, many netizens in China left hurtful and hateful comments about her appearance in online social communities, asking if it would be possible for her to get plastic surgery.
Facing racism while growing up in New York, Awkwafina is a strong and confident woman. She has learned to be comfortable in her own skin and what she looks like. She said, “I remember watching Margaret Cho’s program before. She’s my hero – not just because she’s funny, but she let me know that it’s okay to be myself. You can become a strong and courageous woman even if you have yellow skin.”
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This article is written by Su for JayneStars.com.