Awkwafina is making ethnic diversity more pronounced and recognized in Hollywood as 2019 presents itself as the year for her to continue her showbiz career momentum.
The Brooklyn resident considers herself as the voice of Asian-Americans in the entertainment industry.
Awkwafina, who has immigrant parents of Chinese and Korean lineages, is the first woman of Asian descent to host “Saturday Night Live” in nearly two decades.
This follows after “Charlie’s Angels” actress, Lucy Liu, appeared on the late-night variety show in 2000.
Awkwafina shared that she felt proud with the experience and thanked Liu for “opening the door.”
The year 2018 was a breakout year for the actress and rapper. Movie and TV enthusiasts may certainly have spotted Awkwafina making several appearances.
Among them are as a pickpocket in “Ocean’s 8” and as a friend to the main character in “Crazy Rich Asians.”
A sequel to the latter is reportedly in progress, and the 29-year-old actress is being considered as a returning cast.
Awkwafina is also occupied with the upcoming debut of “Paradise Hills” and “The Farewell” later this month at the Sundance Film Festival which she is also a part of.
The New York-born performer, who initially became famous via her YouTube music videos, will also have her voice featured in the brewing “The Angry Birds Movie 2.”
Born as Nora Lum in 1989, Awkwafina is also preparing a 30-minute scripted comedy which she produced and will appear on.
Awkwafina will star as her younger self together with “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit” actor, BD Wong, who will portray as her immigrant father who hailed from China.
The autobiographical TV series has been approved by Comedy Central and will be about her experiences as a struggling rapper in the Big Apple.
To top it all, Awkwafina has been considered for a still undisclosed part in the upcoming and still untitled sequel to the 2017 Sony blockbuster, “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.”
Credible sources have revealed that the rising star had been considered for a role in the movie in as far back as October last year.
She will join Hollywood stars like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Jack Black. The “Jumanji” reboot of the 1995 film earned $962 million worldwide, making it one of the top-grossing movies released by Sony.
Awkwafina is sure to gain further exposure in Hollywood, and an exciting showbiz future awaits her with these past and present projects, helping her showbiz portfolio expand.