Awkwafina Conquers Wings of Death on Hot Ones

Awkwafina joins host Sean Evans on Hot Ones to eat some scorching wings and discuss her career as a whole, including her upcoming film "Raya and the Last Dragon."

Jesse Conner

By Jesse Conner

Awkwafina on "Hot Ones."

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As we navigate the new normalcy of virtual talk shows due to the pandemic, we've stumbled upon a new webisode of Hot Ones that has Awkwafina entering the spice woods with host Sean Evans. Both Evans and Awkwafina have a full spread of spicy wings at their disposal and as you know if you've seen this show before, with hot wings come even hotter questions.

To kick off this interview, Evans dives into some questions regarding Awkwafina's upcoming Disney film "Raya and the Last Dragon," which is set to hit select theaters and Disney+ Premier Access on March 5, 2021. He starts by asking Awkwafina (whose legal name is actually Nora Lum) if she felt any kind of special connection to her character who is a shape-shifting dragon named Sisu. This question comes from the fact that Nora Lum, aka Awkwafina, has often times dealt with a level of shape shifting in her own life as she has her government-issued identity and she has her self-proclaimed rapper/actor alias.

© Disney+ / Courtesy Everett Collection

© Disney+ / Courtesy Everett Collection

Evans continues asking more about the film, inquiring about the process of voicing an animated character and whether or not the character is created before or after the voice actor is cast. Awkwafina explains that she saw some preliminary sketches of her character, but never saw the full animation until her first day of recording lines. She also points out that some of her features, like her eyes and teeth, are very similar to that of her character so those may have been added in after the animators knew she would be the one voicing the character.

Without giving too much else away, Evans then goes through a variety of different things spanning Awkwafina's experience being a host on Saturday Night Live to her tribute to Lucy Liu to playing the trumpet at LaGuardia High School of Music & Performing Arts.

To see if Awkwafina makes it through these extremely hot wings in one piece, watch the full interview below.

Jesse Conner

Jesse is a writer and content manager for Noovie. When he's not working, he's on the beach playing volleyball.

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