Awk­wa­fina in awe of Lucy Liu

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - Live - - ENTERTAINMENT -

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.”

PHOTO: SHUT­TER­STOCK

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

PHOTO: MARK BLINCH/REUTERS

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