Nora Lum (born June 2, 1988), known professionally as Awkwafina, is an American actress, comedian, internet personality, rapper, author and television host. She rose to prominence in 2012 when her rap song "My Vag" became popular on YouTube. She then released her debut album, Yellow Ranger (2014), and appeared on the MTV comedy series Girl Code (2014–2015). Her second album, In Fina We Trust, was released in 2018.She played supporting roles in the comedy films Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016), Ocean's 8 (2018), Crazy Rich Asians (2018), and Jumanji: The Next Level (2019). She played a leading role in the comedy-drama film The Farewell (2019), for which she received critical acclaim and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical, becoming the first woman of Asian descent to win a Golden Globe in any lead actress film category. She was also nominated for the BAFTA in the Rising Star Category in 2020 and the Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Actress, as well as winning the Satellite Award for Best Actress. Awkwafina is co-creator, writer and executive producer of the Comedy Central series Awkwafina Is Nora from Queens (2020–present), in which she stars as a fictionalized version of herself.
Lum was born in Stony Brook, New York, on Long Island, to a Chinese American father, Wally, and a Korean American mother, Tia, a painter who immigrated to the United States from South Korea in 1972. Lum grew up in Forest Hills, Queens. Her mother died from pulmonary hypertension when Lum was four and she was raised by her father and paternal grandparents, becoming especially close to her paternal grandmother. One of her paternal great-grandfathers was a Chinese immigrant in the 1940s who opened the Cantonese restaurant Lum's in Flushing, Queens, one of the neighborhood's first Chinese restaurants.Lum attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School, 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.Awkwafina 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 the publishing house Rodale Books. She later worked at a vegan bodega after being let go from the publishing house when they discovered her music videos.
Movies & TV shows
The Bad Guys
Mr is one of five notorious villains. Wolf, Mr. Mr. Snake. Mr. There is a shark and a woman. They have spent a lifetime pulling off big heists.
The Angry Birds Movie 3
When Red figures out there are more islands out there from Bird Island, Pig Island, and Eagle Island. But when the birds and pigs hear a rumble from the ground, their continents and other islands star...
The near future drama explores how far someone will go, and how much they will sacrifice, to make a happier life for the people they love.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
When he is drawn into the web of the mysterious Ten Rings organization, Shang-Chi must confront the past he thought he left behind.
Raya and the Last Dragon
Humans and dragons lived side by side in the fantasy world of Kumandra. The dragons sacrificed themselves to save the land. It is up to a lone warrior, Raya, to track down the legendary last dragon to...
Breaking News in Yuba County
An overlooked pencil-pusher catches her husband in bed with another woman, the shock of which causes him to die of a heart attack. She buries his body to take advantage of the celebrity status that co...
3 Movies · 1 TV show
Call Your Mother
A hilarious ode to moms and the way they have shaped the work of some of comedy's biggest stars.
One World: Together at Home
A global broadcast and digital special organized by Global Citizen and the World Health Organization featuring comedians, musicians, and actors to raise funds in support of front line health workers i...
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run
When his best friend Gary is snatched away, SpongeBob takes Patrick on a madcap mission far beyond Bikini Bottom to save their pink-shelled pal.
Awkwafina is Nora From Queens
Her family is by her side as she navigates life and young adulthood.
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A headstrong Chinese-American woman returns to China when her beloved grandmother is given a terminal diagnosis. Billi struggles with her family's decision to keep grandma in the dark about her own il...
Jack Black plays video games.
A Little Late with Lilly Singh
Lilly Singh is a comedian, actress, social media sensation, producer and author of "How to be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life." She hosts celebrity interviews, talks current events, performs music...
The Crystal Calls - Making The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance
Go behind the scenes with stars, puppeteers and creators as they bring Jim Henson's magical world of Thra back to life in a sweeping fantasy series.
Between Two Ferns: The Movie
Galifianakis wanted to be a star. When Will Ferrell discovered his public access TV show, 'Between Two Ferns', and uploaded it to Funny or Die, he became a viral laughing stock. He and his crew are go...
Set in the not-too-distant future, this comedy anthology explores the issues of everyday life in the metropolis of Weird — stories that can only be told through the prism of sci-fi and comedy.
The Angry Birds Movie 2
When a green pig suggests that Red, Chuck, Bomb, and the rest of their feathered friends unite to fight a common threat, they are surprised. Birds from an island covered in ice are planning to destroy...
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance
Return to the world of Thra, where three Gelfling discover the horrifying secret behind the Skeksis' power and set out to ignite the fires of rebellion and save their world.
Jumanji: The Next Level
When the gang returns to Jumanji to rescue one of their own, they discover that nothing is as they expected. In order to escape the world's most dangerous game, the players will have to brave parts un...
A young woman is sent to Paradise Hills to be reformed, only to discover that the high-class facility's beautiful facade hides a sinister secret.
A Legendary Christmas with John & Chrissy
John Legend and his wife are celebrating with friends and family.
Four best friends are in the last two weeks of high school.
Crazy Rich Asians
An American-born Chinese economics professor accompanies her boyfriend to Singapore for his best friend's wedding, only to be thrust into the lives of Asia's rich and famous.
At New York's annual Met Gala, a group of female thieves are recruited by a criminal mastermind to pull off the biggest jewelry theft of the century.
2 TV shows
Problematic with Moshe Kasher
The internet's most controversial topics are brought into the studio for face-to-face discussions that are sure to make everyone uncomfortable. hiding behind a usernames isn't an option because it's a...
Josh Futturman, a janitor by night, is tasked with preventing the extinction of humanity after mysterious visitors from the future proclaim him the key to defeating the imminent super-race invasion.
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Guy Code vs. Girl Code
The hilarious series returns this summer and – for the first time – the funny girls from Girl Code are sharing equal time (and want equal pay!) on MTV2! Some of the topics you can expect to be debated...
Mary + Jane
Two friends run an all-female weed delivery service in Los Angeles. The show explores the unexplored territory as Los Angeles comes out of the Green Closet and gets into high and higher times.
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising
The home of Mac and Kelly Radner has a young child next door. The Radner's enlisted the help of their former nemeses to fight the sisters.
At least they used to deliver babies. They deliver packages for a global internet retail giant. Junior, the company's top delivery stork, is about to be promoted when he accidentally activated the Bab...
The lives and careers of four Asian-American rappers trying to break into a world that often treats them as outsiders. Sharing dynamic live performance footage and revealing interviews, these artists ...
2 TV shows
The show with hot questions and even hotter wings invites a famous guest over to eat and then interviews them while they're struggling through the heat.
Girl Code Live
Celebrity guests, music artists, games and candid girl talk are some of the things that can be found on a chat show.
1 TV show
Off Camera with Sam Jones
Sam Jones sits down with the professionals of television and movies, and other celebrities, to discuss their development before fame, their passions beyond their careers, and gives them a space to ope...
1 TV show
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
TheEllenDeGeneres Show is an American television talk show hosted by Ellen Degeneres.
1 TV show
Set in Springfield, the average American town, the show focuses on the antics and everyday adventures of the Simpson family, as well as a virtual cast of thousands. Hundreds of celebrities have guest ...
1 TV show
LIVE with Kelly and Ryan
A morning talk show with A-list celebrity guests, top-notch performances and one-of-a-kind segments are unparalleled on daytime television.
1 TV show
Saturday Night Live
A late-night live television sketch comedy and variety show created by Lorne Michaels. The show's comedy sketches, which parody contemporary culture and politics, are performed by a large and varying ...
Untitled Sister Comedy Netflix Project
A lonely recluse whose life was upended when her train wreck of a sister vows to mend their relationship by helping her fulfill her lifelong dream of being a contestant on her favorite game show.
The story takes place a decade after an embarrassing prom prank ran Shelly Wheeler out of town and so hardened her heart that she became an ice-cold hit-woman. Revenge threatens to be sweet when she l...
The Baccarat Machine
Young Chinese woman Sun as she painstakingly develops talent and obsession for payback into beating the system at their own game. With major casinos conspiring to bar her from their properties, Sun pa...
The Last Adventure of Constance Verity
She was thrust into a battle with the supernatural from the moment she was born and has been saving the world from disaster ever since. It's not easy to walk away from a life of adventure when you're ...