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Awkwafina, Kacey Musgraves & More Cover 'Marie Claire'

Actress Awkwafina, singer Kacey Musgraves, U.S. Women’s National Soccer team co-captain Megan Rapinoe, and A Little Late with Lilly Singh‘s Lilly Singh are the cover stars of Marie Claire’s October 2019 issue, on newsstands September 19.

Here’s what the stars had to share with the mag…

Megan, on the differences male and female athletes are treated: “In the same breath that someone would call me arrogant, they wouldn’t call Tom Brady or LeBron James or Michael Jordan arrogant. Even when they do call male athletes arrogant, it’s almost in a positive way. But when it comes from a woman, they’re like, ‘How dare she? How dare she know she’s one of the best players in the world? How dare she take a moment to let 55,000 fans absolutely adore her?’ You know? We don’t allow women the space to be that way.”

Kacey, on her experimentation with psychedelics: “They’ve brought me closer to our planet and to humanity. I’ve walked away with a lot of little gifts.”

Awkwafina, on defying stereotypes against Asian Americans: “It’s going to be hard to not walk into a room as an Asian American woman and not surprise someone with my bawdiness or the way that I yell. It proves a larger point that we’re all different and come from different experiences, and just because this is how you see ‘Asians,’ that’s not how I am. Let me a little color in your landscape.”

Lilly, on how her idols became her friends:Dwayne Johnson, Selena Gomez, Priyanka Chopra. People who I wanted to get their autograph one day. And now I’m in a position where, if I need advice, I call Dwayne.”

For more from the stars, visit MarieClaire.com.

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Awkwafina & Cassie Steele to Lead 'Raya & The Last Dragon' Voice Cast for Disney!

Disney announced that they’ll be releasing an original animated film next year called Raya and the Last Dragon, featuring the voices of Awkwafina and Cassie Steele!

The stars were in attendance to announce the movie at the D23 Expo on Saturday (August 24) in Anaheim, Calif.

Awkwafina will voice Susi the Dragon while Cassie is playing Raya. They were joined at the event by directors Paul Briggs and Dean Wellins, writer Adele Lim, and producer Osnat Shurer.

Osnat said that the movie takes place in the fictional Kumandra, “a reimagined earth inhabited by an ancient civilization that venerated the mythical dragons for their power and their wisdom. It’s inspired by Southeast Asia, both in its themes of community and hope, and in its design,” according to EW.

Raya is a lone warrior from the fantasy kingdom of Kumandra who teams up with a crew of misfits in her quest to find the Last Dragon and bring light and unity back to their world. Sisu, the Last Dragon, was left on Earth in case dark forces return to the world.

The movie will be released on November 25, 2020.

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Awkwafina to Star in Fantasy Adventure Movie 'Last Adventure of Constance Verity'

Awkwafina is set to star in the fantasy adventure film The Last Adventure of Constance Verity.

According to Variety, the movie follows “Constance Verity who, for mysterious reasons, was thrust into a battle with the supernatural from the moment she was born, and has been saving the world from disaster ever since. She’s exhausted and wants to sample what she has missed out on: a boyfriend, a normal job, best friends. But it’s not easy to walk away from a life of adventure when in fact you are the chosen one.”

The movie is based on the novel series of the same name. No release date has been announced so far, so stay tuned!

Awkwafina Uses This Celebrity's Name at Starbucks Instead of Her Own!

Awkwafina likes to throw off baristas when she goes to Starbucks!

In an interview with Vogue‘s “73 Questions,” the 30-year-old Crazy Rich Asians star opened up about where she came up with her unique stage name.

“When I was 15 or 16, I thought the name ‘Awkwafina’ was great, hilarious. I never thought anyone would ever call me that,” Awkwafina shares, whose real name is Nora Lum. “Cut to now, where everyone calls me that. So that’s good.”

But when she goes to Starbucks, Awkwafina likes to use a different celebrity’s name when she places her order.

“I like putting ‘Michelle Pfeiffer’,” Awkwafina joked. “All ‘F’s in the ‘Pfeiffer’… throws them off a little bit.”

If you missed it, Awkwafina opened up about starring in the upcoming Marvel movie Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.

Natasha Lyonne to Direct Episode of Awkwafina's New Comedy Central Show

Natasha Lyonne will be hitting the director’s chair a lot!

The 40-year-old Russian Doll and Orange is the New Black actress revealed that she will be directing an episode of Awkwafina‘s upcoming Comedy Central show as well as an episode of Hulu’s High Fidelity reboot series and an episode of Aidy Bryant‘s Hulu series Shrill.

“I was directing High Fidelity mostly in Brooklyn, and now I’m directing Awkwafina mostly in Queens, so I’m really making my way through the boroughs,” Natasha joked to Deadline. She will be directing episode four of Awkwafina‘s untitled show.

“It’s been great,” Natasha added about her directing opportunities. “I’m getting in my hours. I dropped out of film school when I was 16. I dropped out of Tisch. I was in the filmmaking program as a film and philosophy double major. I really thought that I was going to read all these philosophical works and then I was going to make movies about them. Then I dropped out, and so now I’m getting it all back in. My teenage self is in seventh heaven.”

Natasha Lyonne‘s Russian Doll was recently nominated for 13 awards at the 2019 Emmy Awards including Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Comedy Series.

Awkwafina On Starring in Marvel's 'Shang-Chi': 'It's Going To Mean a Lot For Generations To Come'

Awkwafina happily strikes a pose while hosting the HotelTonight Party on the rooftop of The Williamsburg Hotel on Sunday (July 28) in Brooklyn, New York.

The 30-year-old Farewell star recently told Good Morning America that she is “really, really proud and honored to be a part of” the Marvel Universe’s upcoming Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.

“I found out relatively recently about it, and I was floored,” Awkwafina shared. “I couldn’t believe it, and I met with Destin [Daniel Cretton], who will be directing us, and he’s just an incredible dude with such an insane vision.”

“I think we’re getting a lot of firsts in the past couple of years, and I think that there is an audience for our stories,” Awkwafina continued. “It’s going to mean a lot for the generations to come to have a hero like that.”

Awkwafina also expressed that she believes Simu Liu is an amazing choice to take on the lead role: “He really represents, I think, what a lot of people want to be proud of,” she said.

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