Nora Lum is a rapper, comedian, television personality, television host and actress known by the stage name Awkwafina. She originates from Forest Hills, Queens and currently resides in Brooklyn.
Lum began rapping at age 13. In 2012, she gained popularity for her song "My Vag", a response to Mickey Avalon’s "My Dick". The music video has garnered over two million views on YouTube. Her solo album, Yellow Ranger, was released on February 11, 2014. The EP includes a number of her previous singles released via YouTube, including the title track "Yellow Ranger," "Queef" and "NYC Bitche$."
In 2014, Lum was added to the cast of the third season of Girl Code. In 2015, she served as a co-host with TV personality Nessa and comedian Carly Aquilino for the spin-off titled Girl Code Live on MTV.
She was part of the lineup at Tenacious D's Festival Supreme on October 25, 2014. In 2016, she collaborated with comedian Margaret Cho on "Green Tea," a song that pokes fun at Asian stereotypes.
In 2016, Lum played a supporting role in Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising and starred in the indie comedy Dude. She also appeared in the 2016 animated comedy Storks.
She was also part of the principal cast in the all-female spinoff to the Ocean's Trilogy, Ocean's 8. She starred alongside Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Sarah Paulson, Rihanna, Mindy Kaling and Helena Bonham Carter. She also appeared in Crazy Rich Asians as Peik Lin, a college friend of Rachel Chu, played by Constance Wu.
In 2018, she released an EP called "In Fina We Trust." Later that year, she hosted Saturday Night Live. In 2019, she had roles in Paradise Hills, The Farewell, The Angry Birds Movie 2, and Jumanji: The Next Level.
Her role in The Farewell earned her a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress, and she became the first woman of Asian descent to win a Golden Globe in any lead actress film category.
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