Awkwafina Reflects On Her Journey From YouTuber To Actress
"[Awkwafina] was born for one reason only -- to show every person out there, that it is possible.”
It's no secret that once you've co-starred in a film with Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Rihanna, Anne Hathaway, Sarah Paulson, Mindy Kaling and Helena Bonham Carter, you can officially say that you're having ~a moment~.
For Awkwafina, she cemented 2018 as her year when she followed up Ocean's 8 with the soon-to-be blockbuster Crazy Rich Asians.
In a new post on Twitter, the actress -- whose real name is Nora Lum -- reflected on her journey to success.
"In 2012, I put a video called 'My Vag' on YouTube, knowing that it probably wouldn't do well -- and it would make me the laughing stock of every interview ever," she wrote.
Recalling how happy she was the first time a man recognised her as Awkwafina, she wrote that she was "making $9 [an hour] at a vegan bodega".
After prepping for a meeting with an A&R rep by listening to "Dreams" by Fleetwood Mac, she shared that the rep listened to two of her songs and never called her again.
Reflecting on how far she's come since that moment, she wrote:
"[Five] years later, I'm in an Escalade in a gown, driving down Hollywood Blvd. that they shut down for Crazy Rich Asians. And I asked the driver for the aux to play 'Dreams' by Fleetwood Mac. I became teary, thinking about this moment, what it meant. I remembered those days when I got fired from my job for Awkwafina, when I was broke for Awkwafina, when I got kicked off line-ups because 'Awkwafina is a joke.' Awkwafina was a dream I was chasing, and in some ways, I am still chasing her. But we need to take risks. We need to go broke. We need to prove them wrong simply by not giving up."
“Awkwafina wasn’t supposed to exist, but somehow she does," she mused, adding: "I think about it every day, that she was born for one reason only -- to show every person out there, that it is possible.”
Crazy Rich Asians will hit Aussie cinemas on August 30.
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