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See Awkwafina Reflect on Her Most Awkward Hollywood Audition

By Samantha Bergeson Aug 19, 2021 5:41 PMTags
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It's all in her name!

Awkwafina certainly has had Awk-ward Hollywood auditions in her career, but the Nora From Queens creator's most cringe experience didn't even happen during her own audition. Yep, it's that awkward.

"There was one where I thought I was late," Awkwafina hilariously shared during an exclusive interview with E! News' Daily Pop on Aug. 19. "And, I walk into the audition, like an active audition, and then I found out that I wasn't late." 

Co-star Bowen Yang detailed his own showbiz "rite of passage" with a bombed audition. "The only time I get thrown off is when they ask me to show my hands for commercial stuff," the Emmy-nominated Saturday Night Live scene-stealer joked. "It's such a weird ask." 

Daily Pop correspondent Erin Lim Rhodes also bonded with Awkwafina and Yang over their shared AAPI heritage. "There's always that aspect of the responsibility I think earlier in your career, you just kind of want to be doing your thing and not have to represent this entire group of people," Awkwafina opened up.

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The Nora From Queens star continued, "But I think a truth that you realize later is there is a responsibility that comes with this. Everything that you do, it plays into this larger mural of what we're doing here. I just want there to be more of shows like mine."

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The Farewell Golden Globe winner made history in 2020 as the first winner of Asian descent to take home the Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy award. Awkwafina also stars in the ground-breaking Disney film, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, in theaters on Sept. 3. 

Watch the full Daily Pop interview above to hear Awkwafina reminisce about a 2003 throwback and being a "fan-girl of everything!"

Nora From Queens airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on Comedy Central.

Watch Daily Pop weekdays at 11 a.m., only on E!.