Awkwafina in awe of Lucy Liu
Actor-rapper Awkwafina has hailed actor Lucy Liu for opening the door for Asian women in Hollywood.
Awkwafina made Saturday Night Live (SNL) history when she became the first Asian woman to host the comedy sketch show in 18 years since Liu did in 2000. The Crazy Rich Asians actor took a moment during her opening monologue to praise Liu and share a personal story about watching the Elementary star on SNL.
“I just want to say, and this is a true story, back in 2000, I came here to 30 Rock and waited outside when my idol Lucy Liu hosted SNL,” she said about the Kill Bill (2003) and Charlie’s Angels (2000) star.
“I was a kid and I didn’t have a ticket, so I knew that I wasn’t getting in. I just wanted to be near the building and I remember how important that episode was for me, and how it totally changed what I thought was possible for an Asian American woman,” she added.
Awkwafina continued expressing her gratitude, saying, “Thank you Lucy for opening the door. I wasn’t able to make it into the building back then. 18 years later, I am hosting the show. I love you Lucy.”
Actor Lucy Liu’s (above) appearance on Saturday Night Live inspired singer Awkwafina (inset), who recently became the first Asian woman in 18 years to host the comedy sketch show