Before skyrocketing to fame, Awkwafina interned at the Times Union and Gotham Gazette. She was also a publicity assistant at the publishing house, Rodale. Her first film role was Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising. Since then, she has gone on to star in mega-blockbuster films, including but not limited to; Crazy Rich Asians, Ocean's 8, and the animated family favorite, Storks. Fun fact about her role in Ocean's 8: she got the part without even auditioning. The film's director, Gary Ross, saw her in the 2016 indie film Dude and offered her the role over FaceTime.