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Overview (3)

Born in New York City, New York, USA
Birth NameNora Lum
Height 5' 1" (1.55 m)

Mini Bio (1)

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.

She has released two albums, Yellow Ranger (2014) and In Fina We Trust (2018). She has also ventured into comedy and hosting, making television appearances in Girl Code, Future Man, and Saturday Night Live.

Lum was born in New York City to painter and South Korean immigrant Tia, who died when she was four, and Chinese-American father Wally. She grew up in Forest Hills, Queens, raised by her father and his grandparents; she became especially close to her grandmother. One of her paternal great-grandfathers was a Chinese immigrant in the 1940s; he opened the Cantonese restaurant Lum's in Flushing, Queens that was one of that neighborhood's first Chinese restaurants.

Lum attended LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts where she played the trumpet and was trained in classical music and jazz. At age 16, she adopted the stage name Awkwafina, "definitely a person I repressed" and an alter ego to her "quiet and more passive" personality during her college years. Lum majored in journalism and women's studies at the University at Albany, State University of New York. From 2006 to 2008, Lum attended Beijing Language and Culture University in China, where she studied Mandarin.

Lum states that Charles Bukowski, Anaïs Nin, Joan Didion, Tom Waits, and Chet Baker were early influences. Prior to her career in entertainment, she was an intern at local New York publications Gotham Gazette and the Times Union newspaper in Albany, and was a publicity assistant for publishing house Rodale.

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Family (2)

Children None
Parents Lum, Wally
Tia

Trivia (6)

Her mother was a Korean immigrant, and her father is of Chinese descent. Her great-grandfather opened the restaurant Lum's in New York.
Her mother, Tia, died when she was 4. She was raised by her father, Wally, and her grandmother Powah, who moved to Queens to help take care of her.
She attended LaGuardia High School in New York City, the same high school Timothée Chalamet and Nicki Minaj attended.
Her stage name is a play on the word awkward, which she felt best describes her.
Is of Korean & Chinese descent.
She is the first Asian-American actress to win a Golden Globe award for acting in a feature film, which she won for her performance as Billi from The Farewell (2019).

Personal Quotes (3)

I'm OK with having an Asian aspect if it's done in a genuine way. I'm not OK with someone writing the Asian experience for an Asian character. Like, that's annoying and I make it very clear, I don't ever go out for auditions where I feel like I'm making a minstrel out of our people.
Pretending to be a rich person is probably the hardest acting I've ever had to do. Crazy Rich Asians teaches audiences that that world doesn't end in Beverly Hills. It's even more extravagant out there. When you're in Singapore, you feel this air of opulence everywhere. I really wish I was as rich as (my character) Peik Lin.
When you're playing a live-action character, you're confined to that dimensionality. But playing something as big as Sisu, you're given the ability to go into that skin; there were a lot of points when I felt 'big'. Hopefully not a couple of tonnes heavy and powerful and could do things I couldn't do as a human. It was a powerful feeling.

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