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'Crazy Rich Asians' Stars Explain Why Representation Matters

Michelle Yeoh, Henry Golding, Constance Wu, Ken Jeong, and Awkwafina pose for a group photo while visiting the Build Series on Tuesday afternoon (August 14) in New York City.

The stars of Crazy Rich Asians opened up about why representation on the big screen matters.

“Representation matters, because I didn’t have a lot of that growing up…In terms of Crazy Rich Asians, I was looking for this movie as a kid…it’s something audiences should celebrate, and we should have more of that, and I think that we will,” Awkwafina said.

“I grew up in Richmond, Virginia. My high school mascot was a rebel holding the confederate flag. I never got any blatant bullying, which made me internalize any feelings I had, and turned into self-blame,” Constance said about Asian culture in the west.

FYI: Constance is wearing a Michael Kors Collection look and Malone Souliers shoes.

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Awkwafina Explains The Origin Of Her Name on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' - Watch Here!

Awkwafina made an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Thursday (August 9) and talked all about how she chose her name!

The 29-year-old entertainer, who starred in this year’s Ocean’s 8, admitted that she nearly wasn’t “Awkwafina,” and that she came up with it as a teenager while looking for a “stupid name.”

“I wanted something–at that point I never thought that people would actually call me ‘Awkwafina,’” she said. “I just thought it would make me and my other friend, who at that time was my branding manager at age 16, you know, we would giggle.”

Jimmy then asked, “Were there other options? Did you go through other choices?” Awkwafina said, “Dassani, with two S’s. We nixed that.”

Awkwafina also dished about what her family thinks of her career, and talked about shooting her new movie Crazy Rich Asians and living in Beijing – Watch below!


Awkwafina on Her Family, Her Name & Crazy Rich Asians
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DJ Khaled, 50 Cent, Big Sean & More Read 'Mean Tweets: Hip Hop Edition' - Watch Now!

DJ Khaled, 50 Cent and Big Sean are hitting back at their haters!

The hip-hop stars all read mean tweets aloud during a Hip-Hop Edition of Jimmy Kimmel‘s Mean Tweets on Thursday night (August 9).

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Stars who read their mean tweets included A$AP Rocky, Eve, Pusha-T, Remy Ma, Rae Sremmurd, Anderson .Paak, Trippie Redd, Tyler The Creator, Awkwafina, Logic, Lil Yachty, Wale, Ty Dolla $ign, Yo Gotti, Lil Wayne and T-Pain.

Watch the hip-hop stars read mean tweets below!

'Crazy Rich Asians' Cast Channels Old Hollywood Glamour at L.A. Premiere!

Constance Wu and Henry Golding walk the red carpet together at the premiere of their new movie Crazy Rich Asians on Tuesday (August 8) at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

The on-screen couple was joined by co-stars Michelle Yeoh, Gemma Chan, Awkwafina, Ken Jeong, Jimmy O. Yang, Chris Pang, Sonoya Mizuno, Jing Lusi, Ronny Chieng, Pierre Png, Fiona Xie, Kheng Hua Tan, and Nico Santos. All of the stars channeled the glamour of old Hollywood on the red carpet.

Also stepping out for the premiere were the book’s writer Kevin Kwan, the film’s director Jon M. Chu, Henry‘s wife Liv Lo, Ken‘s wife Tran Jeong, and more.

Crazy Rich Asians, based on the best-selling novel, hits theaters on August 15.

FYI: Constance is wearing a Ralph & Russo couture dress, Sophia Webster heels, a Judith Leiber clutch, and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry. Henry is wearing Tom Ford. Awkwafina is wearing a Reem Acra gown with a David Webb ring and earrings. Gemma is wearing an Oscar de la Renta dress and Chopard jewelry. Kevin is wearing an Etro blazer. Guests at the after party enjoyed Johnnie Walker Black Label cocktails. Pierre is wearing Hugo Boss. Fiona is wearing a Jessica Cindy dress and Bulgari jewelry.

45+ pictures inside of the Crazy Rich Asians cast at the premiere… More Here! »

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Henry Golding & 'Crazy Rich Asians' Cast Continue Their Press Tour Around the U.S.

Henry Golding and director Jon M. Chu poses for a pic at the original Starbucks shop on Wednesday (August 1) in Seattle, Wash.

The guys are touring around the country together while promoting their new movie Crazy Rich Asians and they also visited Seattle’s famous Pike Place Market.

Awkwafina, Ken Jeong, and Nico Santos teamed up that day while in Miami, where they visited the talk show Despierta America.

Gemma Chan, Jimmy O. Yang and author Kevin Kwan are on tour together and they just stopped by Good Morning Philadelphia during a trip to Philly.

Crazy Rich Asians hits theaters on August 15!

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