Awkwafina’s Most Notable Roles
Predominantly known for her rap career, Awkwafina has been taking over the big screen this summer. With a starring role as Constance, a loudmouthed street hustler and pickpocket in Gary Ross’ Ocean’s 8, as well as playing Goh Peik Lin in the highly anticipated book-to-film adaptation Crazy Rich Asians, Awkwafina proves she can do it all.
However, Awkwafina—real name Nora Lum—has also starred in a number of other film and TV roles you might not remember. Here’s the scoop on where you’ve seen her before.
Christine, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising
Awkwafina made her film debut in 2016 in Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising playing the role of Kappa Nu member Christine. She stars alongside Zac Efron and fellow Kappa Nu sorority sister Chloë Grace Moretz as they fight for their right to party. Awkwafina previously told Variety that the partying was so wild it felt real. “I liked smoking a ton of fake weed, and even though it gave me a headache, it was a good headache,” she said.
Herself, Girl Code & Girl Code Live
While she didn’t make her big screen debut until 2016, Awkwafina made her TV debut much earlier than that. In 2014 she was added to the cast of the third season MTV’s Girl Code, a hilariously honest and raw series that discussed the sisterhood of females. Awkwafina starred on the show for six episodes before landing a spot as co-host with TV personality Nessa and comedian Carly Aquilino for the spin-off talk show Girl Code Live.
In the 2016 Warner Brothers animated film Storks, Awkwafina can be heard as the voice of minor character Quail. While quails can’t actually fly, lead character Tulip—an orphaned human worker at Cornerstore—tries to help her flightless bird friends out.
Earlier this year, Awkwafina starred alongside Pretty Little Liars’ Lucy Hale in the indie comedy Dude. The Netflix film follows four best friends as they negotiate loss and life changes during the last two weeks of high school. It’s a coming of age story with genuine characters that everyone can relate to.
Awkwafina hosts the 2018 iHeartRadio MMVAs, which go down Sunday, August 26 at 9/7MT on CTV and Much.