BANG! NEWS – Awkwafina has no plans to drop her stage name.
The Crazy Rich Asians star – whose real name is Nora Lum – revealed her moniker was created as a child, and feels immensely proud when she sees the alias “on a chair back or on a call sheet”.
Asked if she could ditch Awkwafina for her own name, she told the New York Times: “I don’t see it right now. That’s not to say that it’s not a possibility.
“I created Awkwafina when I was a kid. What she represents to me is more than a persona – in the very beginning, I did see her as the confident one, the side that comes out that gives Nora the panic attacks.
“But as I’ve grown older I’ve come to really be grateful for that name and what I’ve seen it written on. To see her name on a chair back or on a call sheet, that means a lot to me. I don’t think that I could shed her right now.”
The 31-year-old star is set to release her own sitcom Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens on Netflix, and she opened up about her “memories” of growing up in the New York City borough.
She added, “My memories of Queens are scattered. There’s this family history that I kind of know only from stories, about when my dad was growing up in Whitestone and my great-grandpa owned a Chinese restaurant on Northern Boulevard.
“My dad still lives in the same building I grew up in. My old neighbours find my dad and they’re like, ‘I can’t believe she’s that same little girl.’
“He definitely hams it up with everyone. He’s having a fun time with it.”
Meanwhile, the Farewell actress previously admitted she sometimes calls herself Michelle Pfeiffer to confuse people in Starbucks when they’re writing her name on a cup.
She said, “When I was 15 or 16, I thought the name ‘Awkwafina’ was great, hilarious. I never thought anyone would ever call me that. Cut to now, where everyone calls me that. So that’s good.
“[In Starbucks] I like putting ‘Michelle Pfeiffer’. All ‘F’s in the ‘Pfeiffer,’ throws them off a little bit.”