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Ocean 8’s Awk­wa­fina

tucked into the a-list-loaded cred­its for the all-fe­male ocean’s 8 (San­dra Bul­lock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hath­away, Ri­hanna...) is a name that might throw some for a loop: Awk­wa­fina. The New York–raised Asian-amer­i­can rap­per, born Nora Lum, is best known for her 2012 video “My Vag,” a tongue-incheek ode to ex­actly what it sounds like. (“My vag a chrome Range Rover/yo vag hatch­back ’81 Toy­ota.”) But her ca­reer, sim­mer­ing since with small roles on TV and in film (Girl Code, Neigh­bors 2: Soror­ity Rising), is about to boil. On June 1, she dropped her se­cond EP, In Fina We Trust; the block­buster-as­sured Ocean’s, about a jewel heist, opens June 8; and in Au­gust she’s play­ing Con­stance Wu’s best friend in the highly an­tic­i­pated Crazy Rich Asians. Awk­wa­fina tells Newsweek that while she’s grate­ful to hear “2018 is her year,” it’s giv­ing her agita. “I’ve been hav­ing stress dreams every night, like some­one posts ‘She’s ter­ri­ble’ on Face­book, and it gets 905 likes,” she says. “Guess that means I have some­thing I don’t want to lose.”

“Every day peo­ple tell me my name is ridicu­lous. There are sub­red­dits ded­i­cated to that!”

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