During a live chat on the Today Show, actress Akwafina introduced America to her grandmother. Asian actress, Akwafina‘s closeness to her grandmother is a beautiful sight to see. America and the world got a taste of it on Wednesday during a live chat on the Today show as the actress promoted her new movie, The Farewell.
On the show, Akwafina revealed how close she is to her grandmother who she said she speaks to on the phone everyday and hangs out with everytime she can. She also revealed they’d been close since her mother died when she was four.
The Today show anchor, Willie Geist insisted Akwafina‘s grandmother join him and her granddaughter during the live show. He even presented her with a bouquet of flowers when she came on set.
Fina, Akwafina‘s grandma when asked what the actress is like at home, said, “Every time we get together, big family, she makes us laugh and roll on the floor“.
Coincidentally, in the movie, The Farewell, Akwafina plays a young Asian-American woman who returns to China to enjoy final quality time with her grandmother who has no idea she’s battling cancer.
The actress’ father who’s still in awe of his daughter’s performance in the movie praised her in a recent tweet;
“The movie is still on my mind. You did a great job… I am so proud of you.”
Speaking of her role in the movie, Akwafina said;
“(My character) Billi’s struggle is very relatable, I knew that I related to it very personally, but then I didn’t know that other people would relate to it.”