Awkwafina on Her Family, Her Name & Crazy Rich Asians

  • Published on Aug 10, 2018
  • Awkwafina talks about how she chose her name, what her family thinks of her career, shooting her new movie Crazy Rich Asians and living in Beijing.
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    Awkwafina on Her Family, Her Name & Crazy Rich Asians
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  • Kaila Karns
    Kaila Karns 46 minutes ago

    Adding to the wave of the movement from Crazy Rich Asians: please check out @mixedasianmodel on Instagram! The account is an instagram of men and women from all kinds of asian and mixed backgrounds, and think it's important young people know that beauty comes in more ways than just one straight ethnicity. I know when I was growing up I felt like I could never fit in anywhere because I was mixed myself, so I thought to make a group like this for all the people out there that might relate. The first step to any kind of acceptance is awareness, which we hope to do with @mixedasianmodel. More about us and our mission can be found on the IG. Thank you!

  • Cori Trottman
    Cori Trottman Hour ago

    *Convenience Store*

  • Olivia Akolo
    Olivia Akolo 2 hours ago

    she was probably my favourite character in the whole movie next to Oliver 🤣

  • Ashley Wang
    Ashley Wang 2 hours ago

    The real star of the movie

  • scopiokid
    scopiokid 3 hours ago

    Shoutout to Kuala Lumpur y'all!

  • Julie Xoxo
    Julie Xoxo 4 hours ago +1

    She was so funny in this movie

  • trilla killa
    trilla killa 4 hours ago +2

    CRAZY RICH ASIANS is so good guys go watch it!!💘

  • lynlovescake
    lynlovescake 4 hours ago

    She’s from dude lol

  • Hoppie Grey
    Hoppie Grey 4 hours ago +1

    Awlkwafina is hilarious in Crazy Rich Asians! I recommend this movie to all! Be early to get a good seat. So popular!

  • Smash 456
    Smash 456 4 hours ago

    Anyone seen that black cultural appropriation debate about her character in the film?

  • Mel Hyde
    Mel Hyde 6 hours ago


  • Qi Siang Ng
    Qi Siang Ng 6 hours ago

    It’s not the power of representation when in the process, you silence the non-Chinese local population of Singapore. There are also sizeable Indian and Malay communities in our country and we don’t need the reinforcement of the stereotype that we are a Chinese island.

    • tootiefruities
      tootiefruities 4 hours ago

      The story isn't about Indians or Malays though. If you want a story and movie about Indians and Malays, why don't you go write one yourself. And pretty ironic coming from someone with a obviously Chinese root name lmao. It's pathetic how Asians can't seem to support other Asians without complaining and nitpicking about every little thing. This is why the Asian community seem so weak compared to other ethnic communities. Thanks for contributing to that, jerk.

  • Michael Mendelsohn
    Michael Mendelsohn 7 hours ago

    Would someone please tell Jimmy about the Jurong Bird Park, please?

  • Lil neilA
    Lil neilA 7 hours ago

    She need lotion in her throat

  • Lil neilA
    Lil neilA 7 hours ago

    I’ve never seen an Asian woman with non clear skin

  • Sunethra
    Sunethra 8 hours ago +1

    I like this actress! Great personality.

  • Stacey
    Stacey 10 hours ago

    i think she's prettier than Constance

  • Joni Rose
    Joni Rose 10 hours ago

    I hope all of them get Scarlet Johansen's roles

  • juju
    juju 10 hours ago

    what is an asian turkey

  • Drrck11
    Drrck11 10 hours ago

    She's definitely talented. I can see her doing a lot of comedy work.

  • Superhero Xi jin ping
    Superhero Xi jin ping 10 hours ago


  • Superhero Xi jin ping
    Superhero Xi jin ping 10 hours ago

    A big shout out to Asian power

  • HornetHunters
    HornetHunters 12 hours ago

    i expected lil tay lmao

  • HKim0072
    HKim0072 13 hours ago

    She’s a much better interview than Constance Williams.

  • King Trawal
    King Trawal 13 hours ago

    Awkwafina > Lebron

  • KpopNiDontStop
    KpopNiDontStop 14 hours ago

    People say she pretends to talk the way she does because in not all interviews she sounds like she does in movies... but she literally said Her Grandma watches her films and doesn't even consider it acting but her being HERSELF!!.

  • tootiefruities
    tootiefruities 14 hours ago +1

    Just saw Crazy Rich Asians and she was freaking hilarious!

  • jne K
    jne K 14 hours ago

    crazy rich asians looks like a shitty movie just about asians trying to prove they're rich in american media. Do something more productive, like a real story line that has good plots and twists.

  • Kelly Le
    Kelly Le 15 hours ago

    I cried watching this movie :)

  • Samson Z
    Samson Z 16 hours ago

    Bok bok b1tch got me good in the movie lol

  • largefrosty
    largefrosty 16 hours ago

    man i love her voice and personality !

  • Ethic Ethnic
    Ethic Ethnic 17 hours ago

    She is gorgeous.

  • Nesr in
    Nesr in 18 hours ago

    Is she the same girl from ocean's 8 ??

  • CARAT Mom
    CARAT Mom 18 hours ago

    She has the best husky quality to her voice.

  • Ria Rayappan
    Ria Rayappan 19 hours ago

    I need to hear her sing, I love her raspy voice~

  • 555 555
    555 555 20 hours ago

    Asians are funny. They work hard NOT to assimilate into mainstream American culture but then wonder why they are seen as perpetual foreigners.

    • blognewb
      blognewb 14 hours ago +1

      555 555 ROFL *you're invoking ad hominem when you just made a veiled threat in your previous comment. Quit filibustering, loser with a dream. Your stupid logic, or lack thereof, is not holding water. Try again tomorrow*

    • 555 555
      555 555 14 hours ago

      blognewb your ad hominem distract from your arguments. In the future, you will appear far more credible if you avoid attacking people you know almost nothing about. Also, you might eventually insult someone who takes it seriously. Be careful.

    • blognewb
      blognewb 15 hours ago +1

      555 555 *Italians form their own communities wherever they emigrate. Visit the tri-state area. Irish people form their own communities. Check Boston. The English form their own communities, hence the birth of Mormon Utah. You cherry pick one race to validate your narrative when it's clearly not specific to only Asians, nevermind the fact that assimilation AND the existence of these predominantly Asian towns are NOT mutually exclusive. You're so god damn stupid. Go learn sociology*

    • 555 555
      555 555 15 hours ago

      blognewb Asians form their own communities wherever they emigrate rather than joining the mainstream culture. Chinatown, Koreatown, ect.
      Where do you live, so you can call me names to my face?

    • blognewb
      blognewb 16 hours ago +1

      555 555 *Not to assimilate?! Are you dumb? Half of the employees of all the social media apps and tech companies you enjoy are made by Asian-Americans. Dumb ass. TVclip alone and Google are 52% Asians. Read a book, dumb ass*

  • Kyle Lee
    Kyle Lee 22 hours ago +1

    kind of a dry interview, i hope Conan interviews her

  • Luis
    Luis Day ago

    This isnt just about Asians. The latino community isnt represented well either unless it's a comic side character or full stereo type or an inmate. When is the last time you saw a movie with a latino lead role (not including jlo) or a latin superhero you have more of a chance casting an Asian in one of those (and no the guy in suicide squad does not count he was a gang member who killed his family)

  • robber MK
    robber MK Day ago

    Is she micheala diaz

  • TheGirlLikesMovies

    Did everyone forget about Memoirs of a Geisha? Came out in 2004 I think.

    • TheGirlLikesMovies
      TheGirlLikesMovies 12 hours ago

      blognewb those white characters are nowhere near main character status. Andrew McCarthy has a larger role in Joy Luck club than the two white actors in memoir. Does that make him a main character changing the status of Joy luck club as an all Asian cast?

    • blognewb
      blognewb 16 hours ago

      TheGirlLikesMovies that's not an all Asian American cast, there are 2 main characters that are white as well

  • MTBWay
    MTBWay Day ago

    The movie was so so good. yes even for a romcom I fully enjoyed it!! I'll even admit I cried a little..ahah

    MARZWALKER Day ago

    About time this girl is getting famous. I've been digging her music since it came out. So proud of her. ❤️

  • Peachrocker
    Peachrocker Day ago

    she was in ocean's 8-- why didn't they mention this??

  • Jan Jackson
    Jan Jackson Day ago

    Joy luck club is not hilarious. It's a beautifully tragic film honestly.

  • Damary Guillen
    Damary Guillen Day ago

    Haven’t kept up with her since ‘NYC’ song which was catchy af. I want to watch this movie. I’ve been waiting for different faces and talents woohoo!

  • Matttaro
    Matttaro Day ago

    Isn’t this the voice actor for Arm Rest from Steven Universe


    She should add an H in the end, Awkwafinah.

  • Y 'all
    Y 'all Day ago +1

    I love her vibe

  • MGLAnu
    MGLAnu Day ago

    Man i love how shes literally on Jimmy Kimmel like wtf. Who remembers the Queef song days 😂

  • Nusra
    Nusra Day ago

    She sounds like Amethyst from Steven Universe

  • omomoification
    omomoification Day ago

    4:36 yeppppp just thinking about this 😥 it's crazy to be alive for a quarter century and this is the first time I've seen a majority Asian cast in a Hollywood movie. Like. And my mom! It's been 25 years since she's seen joy luck club. Craziness. I was gonna say "why even" but ehhhhhhhh we know why

  • Intro2Fit
    Intro2Fit Day ago +1

    The movie was gorgeous..

  • gitaa rahmaa
    gitaa rahmaa Day ago

    Sodaranya awkarin

  • sahkanoodo
    sahkanoodo Day ago

    Kümmel could’ve done much more with this interview

  • Daniel Lee
    Daniel Lee Day ago

    Show Hollywood our buying power by seeing this movie A$IAN$$$

  • PaintedW0LF
    PaintedW0LF Day ago +2

    I bet republican Trump supporters are furious. They're probably smashing their furniture right now. Hilarious 😆

  • Lena JT
    Lena JT Day ago

    That is for sure. All Asians support other Asian Americans bcuz it is rare to c a Asian americans in the spotlight.
    She's done a lot of other stuff not just rapper. Rep girl. ✌🙌❤

  • persil stover
    persil stover Day ago

    If I was Asian and was really rich, i would change my name to Cha Ching!

  • Easther Livi Shohe

    Love her personality

  • fnumbuh
    fnumbuh Day ago

    M&M --->> Eminem Aquafina-->Awkwafina

  • Ramon Tragedy
    Ramon Tragedy Day ago

    Love you Awkwafina even if your name sounds like the bottle of water. Also I love that rap you did with cho.

  • Rebecca
    Rebecca Day ago

    hahahaha Jurong Bird Park. Jimmy dude, imagine a zoological park but with all birds and a few different types of monkeys

  • shirley soares silva

    The joy lucky club 💜♥️

  • Abby B
    Abby B Day ago

    The Joy Luck Club is my favorite movie ever..

  • Natasha Gonzalez

    “did your family have high expectations?” would jimmy ask this to a Caucasian actor

  • Maria Emerald
    Maria Emerald Day ago

    While we have awkarin in Indonesia 😂

  • dreams
    dreams Day ago +1


  • Bianca Acuram
    Bianca Acuram Day ago

    Is it me or does Awkwafina sound like Nicky from OITNB?

  • Andres Esquivel
    Andres Esquivel Day ago

    She has a deep voice

  • Camilee Duck
    Camilee Duck Day ago

    Damn hearing her speak is so weird I thought she had some type of accent in the movie?

  • JP Skourlis
    JP Skourlis Day ago

    Nice! to see queens moving up!! congrats!!

  • milknight
    milknight Day ago

    crazy rich Asians​ bring me back to the fresh of the boat days

  • God's Community
    God's Community 2 days ago +1

    Somewhere someone is calm. 😁

  • Alex Vallejo
    Alex Vallejo 2 days ago

    I frickin LOVE the movie!

  • Marci Moon
    Marci Moon 2 days ago

    The power of representation is very real. I'm half Native and I live in an area where I never see any Natives, so when I visit places with lots of fellow Natives I feel so accepted and comforted to know that there are many others like me.

  • Madina Molchanova
    Madina Molchanova 2 days ago

    OMG I thought she was a character from BoJack Horseman!

  • Trey
    Trey 2 days ago

    Her realness makes her so attractive

  • Ms Cutie
    Ms Cutie 2 days ago +1

    Just saw this movie and i loved it! Its nice to see asians represented in something other then fighting movies. Love it

  • Denisa Herman
    Denisa Herman 2 days ago

    Finally, a real movie about Asian Americans. I’m from Romania and I studied American Cultural studies in Transylvania. Did my B.A project on Japanese Americans and mix d identities

  • Llyod Christmas
    Llyod Christmas 2 days ago

    is she the little girl from the Rush hour movie?

  • Edward Pang
    Edward Pang 2 days ago

    People sleeping on her music. It's different and funny, but Pockiez on her new EP bangs.

  • Welcomedcompany Lol
    Welcomedcompany Lol 2 days ago

    She’s amazingly cool 😎

  • uni bella caisson
    uni bella caisson 2 days ago

    she is like my cousin

  • Rewa Joshi
    Rewa Joshi 2 days ago

    Why does Jimmy have to be rude. If you wanna be funny you can also always be kind.

  • Geography Now
    Geography Now 2 days ago

    Eugh.. Jimmy could you stop interrupting her, I wanted to hear more about what she did in Singapore but you went off on like 3 minutes asking about the stupid Turkey.

  • juliana.
    juliana. 2 days ago

    literally on all comments supporting the asian representation theres always someone negative why cant we have good things in life lmao

  • CharlieHondo
    CharlieHondo 2 days ago

    just imagine her and kelis in a podcast together..

  • ProblemChild
    ProblemChild 2 days ago


  • Shuu U
    Shuu U 2 days ago

    She is so funny and lovely! So happy to see a major Hollywood film with all Asian cast!

  • WattsWorks
    WattsWorks 2 days ago +1

    OMG - Her vocal tone, speaking pace and comedic delivery is the reincarnation of JOAN RIVERS! Not a bad thing, just an observation. Seems nice, and legit! 😺

  • toasta roasta
    toasta roasta 2 days ago

    What’s the name of the Asian turkey they’re talking about?


  • Joanne Limage
    Joanne Limage 2 days ago

    Loved there flow... great interview.😘🤗😇

  • JoLuffiroSauce
    JoLuffiroSauce 2 days ago

    story wise... i cried like 4 times or more... so much feels, laughed a lot too of course.

  • yuyufool117
    yuyufool117 2 days ago

    Making queens, ny proud ♥️

  • JakeTAD
    JakeTAD 2 days ago

    she's cute

  • Mega Truong
    Mega Truong 2 days ago +1

    she's sounds like a crack head

  • kiara young
    kiara young 2 days ago

    hallway smooth seriously following charge conduct wow reliable humor.

  • LeilaniHapa
    LeilaniHapa 3 days ago

    Her voice is so unique, I like it! I totally didn't expect her to have a deep, raspy voice when I first saw her. It surprised me and grabbed my attention... She certainly stands out from the rest!

  • lafin929
    lafin929 3 days ago

    I love her. Asian actors, singers, writers, comedians... I’m so glad that there is more appreciation and opportunities in the US. Makes me happy 😁

  • Jayde Blackmar
    Jayde Blackmar 3 days ago

    She was the best part of Ocean’s 8, second only to Cate Blanchett’s wardrobe.