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"Crazy Rich Asians" Star Awkwafina Went All Out In Her Story About Making It In Hollywood

Sometimes, it takes a few stumbles to make it to the top. 



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29-year-old Nora Lum, a New York-raised star born to a Chinese-American dad and South Korean mom, is one of the stars of hotly anticipated romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians scheduled to premier in theaters around the world this month.

The actress and comedienne has graced numerous red carpets for the film's recent promotional tours, standing alongside big names like Michelle Yeoh, Constance Wu, and Ken Jeong. She gracefully responds to photographers requesting for a shot and frenzied fans waiting for a brief wave or smile. Dressed in designer duds and fully made-up, Nora has been looking every inch a star as of late, making it seem like she's been at this for years and made it to Tinseltown with absolute ease. 

The thing is, Nora's journey to fame still brings her to tears up to this day and what she projects couldn't be more different than the reality she had to live through; making a name for herself was the hardest thing she's ever had to go through, and likely the riskiest thing she's ever done. Still, the rapper and actress who first caught our attention with a silly YouTube video says it was all worth it, and is happily reaping the benefits of her efforts.


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She recalls the full story of her rise to the top with an emotional and sentimental message posted on Twitter. Not holding back with her emotions, the budding talent brings us back to where she began, proving that even the most ordinary of folks can reach for the stars and beyond—and actually become a star one day—if armed with enough determination, conviction, and hardiness. 

Her humility and authenticity have earned her more and more followers, many of whom will hopefully help give her the big break she's been waiting for for years. 



In her heartfelt message, Nora profusely thanks the people who believed in her, showing that achieving fame is impossible without the help of others—something that the biggest celebrities today sometimes forget.

We can only hope that her feet maintain firmly planted on the ground as she continues to expand her horizons, which we're sure is in the stars for her; aside from Crazy Rich Asians, Nora has already been tapped to star in the recent Ocean's 8 with Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett where she played the role of a heist tech wiz to a tee. 


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To date, Nora's resume includes no less than two albums (Yellow Ranger and In Fina We Trust), a growing list of acting credits, increasing endorsement deals and magazine covers, and thousands of fans, to boot. Even before the release of Crazy Rich Asians, she's already been set to star in two full-length productions next year. 

Without a doubt, Nora has arrived at the scene, and it looks like she's here to stay. 


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