Awkwafina, born Nora Lum is an American actress & rapper turned professional in 2011 & records 25 acting credits so far. Her acting career gained prominence after she starred in supporting roles in the 2018 films Ocean’s 8 and Crazy Rich Asians.
In 2019, Awkwafina became a lead cast in the comedy-drama The Farewell that won her the 2019 Golden Globe Award in the lead category, making her the first-ever female of Asian descent to win so.
How Much Net Worth Does Awkwafina own?
With the career journey of over 7 years, Awkwafina got hands in massive fame and fortune. According to Celebrity Net Worth, the 31-year-old actress has a net worth of $4 million as of January 2020.
Breakthrough To Fame With Music Career: What Did She Do Before Fame?
Awkwafina got instant fame at the age of 24 after she released a song titled “My Vag” in 2012, a response to Mickey Avalon’s “My Dick”.
Thereafter, on February 11, 2014, Awkwafina released her solo debut album Yellow Ranger that opened her doors to further opportunities, especially in acting.
On June 8, 2018, the New York-born would release another album In Fina We Trust, being her 2nd album so far.
Long before, she stepped in the acting & music industry, the graduate of University at Albany, State University of New York worked as an intern for Gotham Gazette publications and the Times Union newspaper.
Later, she became publicity assistant for Rodale Books, a publishing house before her music career gained her wide attention.
Did you know? She was among the subjects of the 2016 documentary ‘Bad Rap’ alongside other Korean-American hip-hop artists Dumbfounddead, Rekstizzy, and Lyricks, that featured their struggles to the American hip-hop industry.
Acting Debut & Rise To Prominence
In 2014, Awkwafina made her on-screen debut through the comedy TV series Girl Code (6 episodes, Season 3 & 4) and became a co-host for Girl Code Live on MTV, a spin-off to Girl Code, in 2015.
From 2015- 2017, she served as host on Tawk, a late-night talk show.
Awkwafina rose to fame after starring in supporting role as Christine in Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016) starring Seth Rogen and Zac Efron, and then appeared in Storks (2016, voice) and Dude (2018).
The actress hit career breakthrough with supporting roles in 2018 commercial-hit movies: as Constance in ‘Ocean’s 8′ alongside Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett & Anne Hathaway, and as Goh Peik Lin in ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ starring Constance Wu and Henry Golding.
Won ‘Golden Globe Award’: What Is She Doing Currently?
In 2019, Awkwafina got her first lead role in the comedy-drama film The Farewell, portraying Billi Wang.
Along with Gotham Awards and Satellite Awards, she won her first Golden Globe Award (in 2019) being the first-ever female of Asian descent to win the award in the lead category.
The same year, in 2019, she starred in movies like Paradise Hills, Between Two Ferns: The Movie and in the box-office blockbuster Jumanji: The Next Level alongside Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, and Kevin Hart.
Interesting Fact: Awkwafina voiced Courtney in The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) which grossed $150 million in the box office.
Upcoming Projects Of Awkwafina
The 5 ft. 1-inch tall actress is busy with loads of upcoming projects for 2020:
- Voice-over in The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run (currently filming)
- Raya and the Last Dragon (voice-over of Sisu)
- The Prom (as Ms. Sheldon, currently filming)
Moreover, she is set to star in the main role in the TV series focused on herself, Awkwafina Is Nora from Queens (2020).
Her upcoming movie Breaking News in Yuba County (2021), featuring Allison Janney and Mila Kunis, is under post-production while Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021) is under pre-production.
Where Does Awkwafina Live?
Awkwafina currently lives in West Hollywood, CA, in her loft-style townhouse condo. She bought the 2, 350 sq. ft. property featuring 3 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms, in November 2019 for $2.3 million.
The house’s living room offers a stainless steel accented fireplace and full-height glass sliders, while the main floor has a kitchen that opens to a Juliet balcony.
Moreover, an interior stairway continues up from the top-floor bedrooms to a private roof terrace where she can enjoy the sunset view.
Is Of Chinese-Korean Descent: Mother Died When Awkwafina Was 4
Awkwafina was born on June 2, 1988, in Stony Brook, New York, on Long Island; her real name is Nora Lum. An American by nationality, Nora hails from a mixed ethnic background.
After her mother Tia, a Korean-American painter died, when she was 4, Nora was raised by her father Wally of Chinese-American descent.
Awkwafina attended LaGuardia High School and enrolled at the University at Albany, State University of New York, from where she majored in journalism and women’s studies.
Moreover, she studied Mandarin at Beijing Language and Culture University in China from 2006 to 2008.
Interesting Fact: She adopted the stage name ‘Awkwafina’ at the age of 16, an alter ego of her quiet & shy persona during the college days.
Relationship Status Of Awkwafina: Is She Dating?
An avid user of Instagram (1.4 million followers) & Twitter (213K followers as of January 2020), Awkwafina often shares blissful moments with her family & friends on social media.
However, regarding her relationship status, the actress remains quite low-key and is allegedly single for now.
No report on her current dating life or boyfriend is out.
Filmography And Box Office Collection:
|Movies||Budget||Box Office Collection|
|Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016)||$35 million||$108 million|
|Ocean’s 8 (2018)||$70 million||$297.7 million|
|Crazy Rich Asians (2018)||$30 million||$238.5 million|
|The Farewell (2019)||$3 million||$19.6 million|
|The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019)||$65 million||$150 million|
|Jumanji: The Next Level (2019)||$125- $132 million||$612 million|