Taron Egerton’s portrayal of Elton John in “Rocketman” is both extravagant and humanizing, as he reinterprets John’s classic songs to tell the iconic singer’s life story. In “The Farewell,” Awkwafina plays Billi, a lost New York hipster who, along with her family, goes to China to see her grandmother for the last time. She infuses her character with nuance, delivering both pathos and laughs. Together, the actors reflect on how they got here.
Taron Egerton: Within the space of a year, you had “Ocean’s 8” and “Crazy Rich Asians” come out, and “The Farewell” premiered at Sundance. That’s a crazy year. How’s it been?
Awkwafina: It’s been good. “The Farewell,” essentially, was my first dramatic role. When approaching it, reading it, there