Awkwafina Talks ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ And Her Time As A Food Critic


Rapper, actor, TV personality and as we just learned, food critic. It’s true. This year’s iHeartRadio MMVAs host Awkwafina can do it all.

The multi-talented Awkwafina appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! this week to talk about her time shooting the highly anticipated Crazy Rich Asians. Boasting an incredible 100 per cent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s hugely successful novel is set to premiere on August 15, with theatres already sold out in many parts of the U.S.

Shooting Crazy Rich Asians in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, Awkwafina revealed that the film set wasn’t her first experience spending an extended amount of time in Asia, having previously lived in Beijing for a year. So, what did Awkwafina do with her time in China? She worked as a food critic. Sounds like a pretty cool job, except that as Awkwafina revealed, the magazine she wrote for was government sanctioned, meaning no restaurants were allowed to receive a bad rating. “If I said that something was sub-par, they’d be like, ‘no,'” said Awkwafina.

As for Crazy Rich Asians, the reviews have been positive and not enforced by an administrative body. “It’s so impactful for Asian-Americans. They come out of the screenings and they’re crying and they don’t know exactly why,” says Awkwafina. “It’s the power of representation.”

Don’t miss the 2018 iHeartRadio MMVAs featuring performances from Shawn Mendes, 5 Seconds of Summer, 98 Degrees, Alessia Cara, Bebe Rexha, Brett Kissel, The Beaches, bülow, Meghan Trainor, Kris Wu, Halsey, and Marshmello and Anne-Marie.

Watch Awkwafina host the 2018 iHeartRadio MMVAs on Sunday, August 26 at 9/7MT on CTV and Much.