Awkwafina Reveals Why She Felt Connected To ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’

The 'Crazy Rich Asians' star talks about her role as Sisu.

Raya and the Last Dragon star Awkwafina revealed what made her connect with her character, Sisu, in the upcoming film.

Although many fans will be excited to see Awkwafina star opposite Simu Liu in Marvel Studios’ Shang-Chi, she’ll first appear in Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon next to Kelly Marie Tran. Her character Sisu will play a vital role in reuniting the divided nation of Kumandra alongside Raya. Although it won’t be easy, Awkwafina revealed that the dragon is incredibly optimistic, which is one of the things that drew her to the role.

Awkwafina’s previous roles in films like The Farewell or Crazy Rich Asians proves that she can handle the delicate balance between comedy and drama, but her character in Raya and the Last Dragon also has an inspirational spark to her that the actress thinks will offer an important message to audiences. Awkwafina explained that although Sisu believes in herself, she’s also surprised at what she can do, and the message viewers should take away from the film is that perfection isn’t always the answer.

“I definitely connect with Sisu. She has optimism, she has hope and she even has belief in herself—but really to her surprise. I love her because she isn’t perfect, and I think that’s a strong message to send to everyone: We don’t have to be perfect.”

Are you excited to see Awkafina in Raya and the Last Dragon? How do you think she’ll play into Marvel Studios’ Shang-Chi? Sound-off in the comments below!

Here is the official synopsis for Raya and the Last Dragon:

Long ago, in the fantasy world of Kumandra, humans and dragons lived together in harmony. However, when sinister monsters known as the Druun threatened the land, the dragons sacrificed themselves to save humanity. Now, 500 years later, those same monsters have returned, and it’s up to a lone warrior to track down the last dragon and stop the Druun for good.

Directed by Carlos Lopez Estrada and Don Hall, the film stars Kelly Marie Tran, Awkwafina, Gemmah Chan, Daniel Dae Kim, Sandra Oh, Benedict Wong, Izaac Wang, Thalia Tran, Alan Tudyk, Lucille Soong, Patti Harrison and Ross Butler. The film arrives in theaters and on Disney Plus on March 5th, 2021. Stay tuned for all the latest news on Raya and the Last Dragon and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.

Eammon Jacobs

Eammon Jacobs

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