In just five years, the American actress, rapper and comedian Awkwafina has become a popular name with her performances in films such as ‘Crazy Rich Asians’, ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’, ‘Paradise Hills’, ‘The Farewell’, And now, she is the newest entrant in the burgeoning Marvel universe with ‘Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings’.
And with inclusion and diversity taking center stage in Hollywood, he says it’s a great time to be an actor.
Awkwafina, short for ‘Awkward Fina’, whose real name is Nora Lum, was talking to IANS about ‘Shang-Chi’, which is being touted as the first Marvel superhero movie with an Asian lead.
She said: “I think it’s a good time to be an actor in Hollywood. You’re right, there is a lot of inclusion and there are a lot of authentic stories told behind the camera. “
The actress had won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical for the dramatic comedy, ‘The Farewell’, in 2019, thus becoming the first woman of Asian descent to receive that honor. He said there is now fair representation both in front of and behind the camera.
The 33-year-old, who started rapping at the age of 13, became a YouTube sensation with her song ‘My Vag.’ He released his debut album, ‘Yellow Ranger’, in 2014.
The women’s exclusive ‘Ocean’s 8’ (2018) was one of her breakthrough films.
When you give an interview to an Indian journalist, the conversation has to turn to Bollywood.
Various international celebrities, from Sylvester Stallone, Will Smith and Denise Richards to Ben Kingsley and Toby Stephens, among others, have appeared in Bollywood or crossover productions, either in full roles or as cameos.
Will Awkwafina also try her luck in Hindi cinema if she gets a role that interests her? “Yes, although I don’t think I can keep up. I think they’re so good at what they do that I’ll get out of breath at some point, but yeah, if they just need me to drink, I’ll be fine, ”Awkwafina said.
In ‘Shang-Chi’, Awkwafina plays Katy Bashir, a close friend of the main character. The film is directed by Destin Daniel Cretton.
The film stars Canadian actor Simu Liu as Shang-Chi, who must confront the past he thought he had left behind when he is drawn into the network of the mysterious Ten Rings organization.
Awkwafina reveals why superhero movies are so popular across all age groups. “Movies offer an escape and I think magic doesn’t happen every day,” he said.
“I think the beauty of these movies is that they make the world feel so much bigger than it might be and it gives you that time to go to the movies and let them take you,” said Awkwafina.
The star added, “It’s an adventure and I also feel like people want to see a little bit of themselves in superheroes too. Yes! You’re right, they are popular all over the world. “
Awkwafina, by the way, was the first actor to be cast in ‘Shang-Chi’. Recalling the casting call, she said, “Oh man! When I first got the call, it was obviously very exciting, but there wasn’t much information on the subject of the movie! I met with the amazing director Destin and he talked to me about where he wanted to take this character, where he saw him, the mood he would be in, and who Katy was. “
“Instantly, I thought that not only did he love the story, but he also loved his passion and the way he was executing it. So being in the MCU (Marvel Comics Universe) and with the movie that you love is a gift. “
The film, which opens this Friday, also stars Meng’er Zhang, Fala Chen, Florian Munteanu, Benedict Wong, Yuen Wah, Ronny Chieng, Zach Cherry, Dallas Liu, along with Malaysian action star Michelle Yeoh and the internationally celebrated Hong Kong actor Tony. Leung.
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