What you don't know about Awkwafina

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"The best piece of career advice I've ever been given is, 'Don't ride the highs and don't ride the lows'," Awkwafina tells us. These words of wisdom have clearly stood her in good stead; her CV is full of impressive highs and groundbreaking firsts.

Alongside a successful career in music, the rapper and actress is arguably best known for her roles in Crazy Rich Asians, Ocean's 8 and The Farewell, the latter of which earned her a Golden Globe award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Comedy or Musical - making her the first woman of Asian descent to win a leading actress Golden Globe. But the big successes haven't stopped her appreciating the smaller things in life.

"The one change that I want to make as a result of this year and a half is to appreciate the littler moments and the everyday," she says thoughtfully. "There are a lot of things that don't matter in this life and you want to concentrate on what does, because the things that don't matter will go away."

The 33-year-old's latest role sees her joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the blockbuster Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, the first Asian-lead superhero film in the MCU. She plays Katy, the longtime best-friend of the titular Shang-Chi (Simu Liu) who accompanies him on his quest to save his sister from their father - and along the way picks up some impressive fighting skills.

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"I hope that the audience resonates with the story and some of the themes that are in the movie," she tells us. "Aside from obviously the very big, intense fight sequences and action which I think feels really good, there's also this really beautiful story which deals with themes of finding yourself, family - there's a surprising amount to find there."

Watch our full video interview with Awkwafina above.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is in cinemas now.

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