To the wider world, Nora Lum is better known as Awkwafina, the one-time viral video creator and rap M. At the start of January, this year-old performer became the first Asian-American to win best actress at the Golden Globes. Still, Awkwafina has one more project on the way — namely, that TV show. Awkwafina spoke earlier this month about the making of her Comedy Central series and why taking the unexpected step to TV is important to her. These are edited excerpts from that conversation.
Who Is Awkwafina?
Nora Lum  born June 2, ,  known professionally as Awkwafina , is an American actress, comedian, writer, producer, and rapper. She rose to prominence in when her rap song "My Vag" became popular on YouTube. Her second album, In Fina We Trust, was released in She played a leading role in the comedy-drama film The Farewell , for which she received critical acclaim and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture — Comedy or Musical , becoming the first woman of Asian descent to win a Golden Globe in any lead actress film category. Awkwafina is co-creator, writer and executive producer of the Comedy Central series Awkwafina Is Nora from Queens —present , in which she stars as a fictionalized version of herself. Her mother died from pulmonary hypertension when Lum was four and she was raised by her father and paternal grandparents, becoming especially close to her paternal grandmother. Lum attended Fiorello H.
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The video, which eventually went viral, cost her a job in book publicity but set her on the road to film and television stardom. The next year she delivered an award-winning lead performance in The Farewell. Tia, a painter, suffered from pulmonary hypertension and passed away when Awkwafina was 4. Following this loss, Awkwafina began using humor to try to dispel the sadness she saw in those around her. She wrote in People magazine in , "I think all the time, what would I have been doing if my mom hadn't passed? Her father and his mother raised Awkwafina in Forest Hills, Queens. She's said that as a child, "My every birthday wish was, 'I want to someday be on TV. Awkwafina feels that Cho "changed my life.