Awkwafina covers the February 2021 issue of Harper’s Bazaar magazine photographed by Ryan McGinley.
This year, the actor otherwise known as Nora Lum will star in a Marvel movie, a Disney movie, and her own Netflix show. Over a virtual slime-making session, Lum opens up to E. Alex Jung about family, depression, and the highs and lows of fame.
On her burgeoning career: “Yes, I always feel impostor syndrome because there are so many talented people out there. But I’m not going to today because I worked really fucking hard.”
On using her stage name for the film “The Farewell”: “It wasn’t the time. I’d been Awkwafina in my first movie, I’d been Awkwafina in my first YouTube video. I haven’t had the kind of sign that it’s my time yet to be like, ‘It’s Nora now.’ I wonder what it will take to get me there. I still feel like I have a lot to learn on this journey.”
On using “Awkwafina” as a way to manage aspects of her mental health: “Awkwafina is still someone that comes without all of the layers of anxiety. She is more confident than Nora. Nora does hide behind her still. I don’t see how Nora exists in Awkwafina’s world yet. I don’t see how I could have done this without Awkwafina, which is weird.”
Cover: Giorgio Armani Dress | Gucci Hat
Image 1: Miu Miu Top | Gucci Skirt | Celine by Hedi Slimane Boots
Image 2: Celine by Hedi Slimane Raincoat, Dress, and Boots | Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co. Earrings and Ring
Hair by Johnnie Sapong
Makeup by Holly Silius
Nails by Thuy Nguyen
[Photo Credit: Ryan McGinley for Harper’s Bazaar Magazine]