Awkwafina has made a name for herself by charming fans with her wisecracks and hilarious quips. But there’s a strong underlying motivation for her comedy.
While answering 73 questions with Vogue, the rapper and actress revealed that she realized she could make others laugh at age four, after her mother died.
“I developed humor as a defense mechanism,” said Awkwafina, who was born Nora Lum. “After the passing of my mom, I wanted to be an emblem of joy and not an emblem of sorrow.”