Awkwafina on Why "The Farewell" Was a Role She Had Never Seen Before

  • Published: 05 February 2019
  • The star of Lulu Wang's Sundance favorite discussed the film at the IndieWire Studio presented by Dropbox.
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Comments • 49

  • Otis Tan
    Otis Tan  1 months back


    • Lucy Willard
      Lucy Willard  1 months back

      Loved the movie. On a random note, what is up with the pretend dead animals on the wall.....

      • Craig Wall
        Craig Wall  2 months back

        These women are smart and gorgeous.

        • Chris K
          Chris K  2 months back

          Love it all! Except the reminder of dead elks and deers whom I love and don’t want to see them on walls.

          • Kate
            Kate  2 months back

            I value you! I am SOOO tired of the same thing over and over!!! I am looking forward to this movie because I want something new!

            • Keith Kishishita
              Keith Kishishita  2 months back

              loved the film. I even understood many of the nuances of Chinese culture and language. Nora Lum is such a New Yorker, HA!

              • Auntie Rose
                Auntie Rose  2 months back

                This is not an Asian story but simply a human story. 💜❤

                • redsands1001
                  redsands1001  2 months back

                  I never met my grandmother back in Asia. We left when I was one. I paid for my mom to fly back when my grandmother was sick to see her and she got to be there for the funeral. Pretty sure this movie is going to wreck me.

                  • 1000Orgasms
                    1000Orgasms  3 months back

                    Sooo... is the movie on Dropbox? Lol :P

                    • Ziyuan Liu
                      Ziyuan Liu  3 months back

                      Awkwafina should be the next Mulan!

                      • Chris K
                        Chris K  2 months back

                        Ziyuan Liu don’t limit her! She can play anyone,!

                    • Ray Chau
                      Ray Chau  3 months back

                      Saw it today. It is heavy and honest script. U will love the movie.

                      • Moz Forever
                        Moz Forever  3 months back

                        Aquafina stole the show!!!

                        • 888GoldenDragon
                          888GoldenDragon  3 months back

                          Awkwafina! My Father (only Son) die in Hong Kong (1964) and my Grand Mother was in San Francisco. She was never told that he had Die!Even after we came to America she was told he stay behind to watch over the house.Family is core of my being.

                          • S H
                            S H  3 months back

                            I’ve seen this movie—it’s absolutely amazing! The universal theme that each culture tells its own lies especially resonates.

                            • Lalalalala!
                              Lalalalala!  3 months back

                              I want to watch this so bad but it isn't showing in my area

                              • S H
                                S H  3 months back

                                Lalalalala! Give it some time—it may come later.

                            • Rui Bai
                              Rui Bai  3 months back

                              Honestly! I saw my Chinese family in every single actress and actor in this movie. The Chinese scenes are so accurate, so familiar.

                              • Judy Sowell
                                Judy Sowell  3 months back

                                Great trailer. I teared up as well. As for value. I love watching Asian cinema. China has GREAT actors. These days while Hollywood is churning out gunk, I'd rather watch subtitled films than watch even the "A-listers" are acting in, truthfully. Less bad language and sex - more drama.

                                • Jeralynn Kozak
                                  Jeralynn Kozak  3 months back

                                  Looking forward to seeing it!

                                  • S H
                                    S H  3 months back

                                    Jeralynn Kozak It’s unbelievably amazing—travel to see it if you have to!!!!

                                • Phoebe Zhao
                                  Phoebe Zhao  3 months back

                                  Just watched it today in Auckland, I cried like a baby. It’s such a well-made movie. I really appreciate it.

                                  • Snow Prince
                                    Snow Prince  3 months back

                                    Wow lulu could pass as akwa’s sister!

                                    • Frank Martinez
                                      Frank Martinez  3 months back

                                      Beautiful. Latino and asian culture value family. Thank you. Downey California

                                      • Jonathan Swift
                                        Jonathan Swift  3 months back

                                        Many blessings on your success, Aquafina! Keep rockin' on into your success, notoriety and career!

                                        • C. Dong
                                          C. Dong  3 months back

                                          Awkwafina has the face of Mulan!

                                          • sparksoffyou
                                            sparksoffyou  3 months back

                                            So important for Awkwafina to get this role. Now she won’t be typecast. She’s too talented to be the zany friend in everything.

                                            • S H
                                              S H  3 months back

                                              Edward Creter have you seen this movie? She absolutely shines and won’t be stereotyped as anything other than an amazing actor.

                                            • Edward Creter
                                              Edward Creter  3 months back

                                              On the contrary, the unwritten rule goes: one stereotype is shattered, ten others are created in it's place. Thus, instead of playing the stereotypical Chinese kooky girl, she has become the stereotypical Chinese depressive woman, a walking Joy Luck Club. Only much more so. That's as Tao as it's gonna get.

                                            • simpliyvonne
                                              simpliyvonne  3 months back

                                              sparksoffyou same thing I thought. It such an unexpected role for her. And I think it's awesome.

                                          • SoCali
                                            SoCali  3 months back

                                            I was really impressed with Awkwafina's acting in the trailer for this movie. I'm not Asian but I think that regardless of what race or ethnicity you are the plot, emotions, and the style of this movie transcends all cultures and anyone can enjoy it.

                                            • W1ND RXZURECT
                                              W1ND RXZURECT  3 months back

                                              I can't wait for this movie!

                                              • natalievr
                                                natalievr  3 months back

                                                I cried twice watching the trailer :,) .

                                                • jackuon
                                                  jackuon  3 months back

                                                  amazing. can't wait for this film!

                                                  • Calvin Bowen
                                                    Calvin Bowen  4 months back

                                                    More films like this.

                                                    • artj
                                                      artj  4 months back

                                                      This movie was filmed I Changchun China. My hometown. Feeling warm.

                                                      • ESPNGai
                                                        ESPNGai  5 months back

                                                        Lulu and Awkwafina can be sisters.

                                                        • David
                                                          David  1 months back


                                                          Oh my gosh. That is what I thought too.

                                                        • Cheusing Her
                                                          Cheusing Her  3 months back

                                                          She really picked the right person to play herself 😌👌

                                                        • Raimundo Silva
                                                          Raimundo Silva  3 months back


                                                        • Shaw Katherine
                                                          Shaw Katherine  3 months back

                                                          ESPNGai couldn’t agree more, they have so much common

                                                      • Nando
                                                        Nando  5 months back

                                                        How is her English so good and she doesn't know how to say 老师 in English?

                                                      • Princess Julia
                                                        Princess Julia  5 months back

                                                        Can someone tell me when this movie comes out in the cinema please

                                                      • Jacob Wh Khu
                                                        Jacob Wh Khu  5 months back

                                                        I teared up in the trailer. Awkwafinas performance is surprisingly poignant. She needs to get an Academy nom for this.
                                                        This is truly an A24 material.

                                                        • Nomblash Studio
                                                          Nomblash Studio  5 months back

                                                          Im already in love with the cast here..cant wait for the Movie ..its gonna be amazing

                                                          • Alice wonder
                                                            Alice wonder  5 months back

                                                            Just saw the trailer for farewell and I'm already so touched! Great work by all!