BY Phil Yu

As the Marvel hero’s BFF, Awkwafina helps our hero soar.

Meet
Shang-Chi’s incredible wing woman

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Awkwafina plays Shang-Chi’s close friend who is not aware of his past and, because of her dedication to her friend, enters a whole new world in the Marvel film.

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Simu Liu compares his scenes with Awkwafina to a slacker buddy comedy. 

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His natural instinct, same as mine, is to be comedic. We want to be funny.

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Awkwafina

We would instantly fall into this kind of bickering, like an old-married-couple kind of thing that was hilarious to us.

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Awkwafina

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It’s a red alert, especially for
Asian American performers. It’s like,
I’m not going to do that. 

How did you feel
about martial arts being central in this movie? 

I do believe we need to understand martial arts in a way that’s not being lectured to us by a guy who’s seen 50 Bruce Lee movies in a college class. And we need to discover a relationship where we find pride in it.

Awkwafina

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I don’t know, it’s always really crazy
to be a doll. I don’t know if I’m going to be the most functioning doll.

Were you happy with your Shang- Chi action figure? 

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Shang-Chi premieres September 3. 

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