Awkwafina on Why "The Farewell" Was a Role She Had Never Seen Before

  • Published on Feb 5, 2019
  • The star of Lulu Wang's Sundance favorite discussed the film at the IndieWire Studio presented by Dropbox.
  • Film & AnimationFilm & Animation

Comments • 33

  • 888GoldenDragon
    888GoldenDragon 5 hours ago

    Awkwafina! My Father (only Son) die in Hong Kong (1964) and my Grand Mother was in San Francisco. She was never told that he had Die!Even after we came to America she was told he stay behind to watch over the house.Family is core of my being.

  • S H
    S H 7 hours ago

    I’ve seen this movie-it’s absolutely amazing! The universal theme that each culture tells its own lies especially resonates.

  • Lalalalala!
    Lalalalala! 14 hours ago

    I want to watch this so bad but it isn't showing in my area

    • S H
      S H 7 hours ago

      Lalalalala! Give it some time-it may come later.

  • Rui Bai
    Rui Bai 16 hours ago

    Honestly! I saw my Chinese family in every single actress and actor in this movie. The Chinese scenes are so accurate, so familiar.

  • Judy Sowell
    Judy Sowell 17 hours ago +1

    Great trailer. I teared up as well. As for value. I love watching Asian cinema. China has GREAT actors. These days while Hollywood is churning out gunk, I'd rather watch subtitled films than watch even the "A-listers" are acting in, truthfully. Less bad language and sex - more drama.

  • Jeralynn Kozak
    Jeralynn Kozak Day ago

    Looking forward to seeing it!

    • S H
      S H 7 hours ago +1

      Jeralynn Kozak It’s unbelievably amazing-travel to see it if you have to!!!!

  • Phoebe Zhao
    Phoebe Zhao Day ago

    Just watched it today in Auckland, I cried like a baby. It’s such a well-made movie. I really appreciate it.

  • Snow Prince
    Snow Prince 2 days ago

    Wow lulu could pass as akwa’s sister!

  • Frank Martinez
    Frank Martinez 2 days ago +6

    Beautiful. Latino and asian culture value family. Thank you. Downey California

  • Jonathan Swift
    Jonathan Swift 3 days ago

    Many blessings on your success, Aquafina! Keep rockin' on into your success, notoriety and career!

  • C. Dong
    C. Dong 4 days ago +1

    Awkwafina has the face of Mulan!

  • sparksoffyou
    sparksoffyou 6 days ago +15

    So important for Awkwafina to get this role. Now she won’t be typecast. She’s too talented to be the zany friend in everything.

    • S H
      S H 7 hours ago +1

      Edward Creter have you seen this movie? She absolutely shines and won’t be stereotyped as anything other than an amazing actor.

    • Edward Creter
      Edward Creter 4 days ago

      On the contrary, the unwritten rule goes: one stereotype is shattered, ten others are created in it's place. Thus, instead of playing the stereotypical Chinese kooky girl, she has become the stereotypical Chinese depressive woman, a walking Joy Luck Club. Only much more so. That's as Tao as it's gonna get.

    • simpliyvonne
      simpliyvonne 5 days ago

      sparksoffyou same thing I thought. It such an unexpected role for her. And I think it's awesome.

  • SoCali
    SoCali 6 days ago +12

    I was really impressed with Awkwafina's acting in the trailer for this movie. I'm not Asian but I think that regardless of what race or ethnicity you are the plot, emotions, and the style of this movie transcends all cultures and anyone can enjoy it.

  • Kevin Sun
    Kevin Sun 7 days ago


  • Wang Yang
    Wang Yang 12 days ago +2

    I can't wait for this movie!

  • natalievr
    natalievr 13 days ago +3

    I cried twice watching the trailer :,) .

  • jackuon
    jackuon 17 days ago +3

    amazing. can't wait for this film!

  • Calvin Bowen
    Calvin Bowen 29 days ago +1

    More films like this.

  • artj
    artj Month ago +5

    This movie was filmed I Changchun China. My hometown. Feeling warm.

  • ESPNGai
    ESPNGai Month ago +28

    Lulu and Awkwafina can be sisters.

  • Nando
    Nando 2 months ago

    How is her English so good and she doesn't know how to say 老师 in English?

  • Princess Julia
    Princess Julia 2 months ago +9

    Can someone tell me when this movie comes out in the cinema please

  • Jacob Wh Khu
    Jacob Wh Khu 2 months ago +40

    I teared up in the trailer. Awkwafinas performance is surprisingly poignant. She needs to get an Academy nom for this.
    This is truly an A24 material.

  • Nomblash Studio
    Nomblash Studio 2 months ago +5

    Im already in love with the cast here..cant wait for the Movie ..its gonna be amazing

  • Alice wonder
    Alice wonder 2 months ago +23

    Just saw the trailer for farewell and I'm already so touched! Great work by all!