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"I'm very awkward, but it's fine."
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Nora Lum (born June 2, 1988), known professionally as Awkwafina, is an American actress, rapper and comedian of Chinese and South Korean descent.

Awkwafina first received attention for her viral rap song "My Vag" in 2012, itself a response track to Mickey Avalon's hit song "My Dick". Off the back of its success, she released a full-length debut album, Yellow Ranger, in 2014, which was then followed by the In Fina We Trust EP in 2018.

She also gained mainstream attention for her recurring spot as a commentator in the MTV comedy lifestyle series Girl Code, which then extended into co-hosting its live talk show iteration in 2015.

Since Girl Code, Awkwafina has transitioned into high-profile acting, with her first roles following the switch being for projects including Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, Regular Show, and Future Man. In 2018, she starred in two major motion pictures: Ocean's 8 and Crazy Rich Asians. Later that year, she became the second-ever woman of Asian descent to host Saturday Night Live. In 2019, she played against type in a serious role as the lead of the dramedy The Farewell, and won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy. In 2021, she made her Marvel Cinematic Universe debut as one of the leads in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings playing Canon Foreigner Katy Chen, Shang-Chi's closest friend.

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Discography:

  • Yellow Ranger (2014)
  • In Fina We Trust EP (2018)

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Tropes applying to her work:

  • Typecasting: She tends to play the brash, mouthy comic relief.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Despite her waifish appearance (5'2" and 120 lbs), she has a notably raspy voice. When a tweet she read on a "Celebrities Read Mean Tweets" segment of Jimmy Kimmel Live said that she had the voice of "a fifty-eight year old divorce attorney," she simply responded, "Bitch, I know!"
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