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"Hold your breath": Awkwafina becomes subway announcer in New York


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New York (AP) - The American actress Awkwafina (31) has become a subway announcer in New York. For a week, her voice will be heard on line 7, which connects the boroughs of Queens and Manhattan, the New York public transport company MTA said.

It was the first time that a well-known personality took over the announcements. "We are looking for new and different ways to find urgently needed money while at the same time surprising and delighting our customers," said MTA spokeswoman Sarah Meyer according to the message.

The Awkwafina announcements are part of an advertising campaign for the new series of the actress, "Nora from Queens". Awkwafina, who is actually called Nora Lum, grew up in the New York borough of Queens. She became famous with roles in Hollywood films such as "Ocean's 8" or "Crazy Rich". For her role in "The Farewell" she had recently won a Golden Globe as the first Asian-American actress.

Awkwafina not only announces the stations of subway line 7, but also comments on them: At the last station, before the train travels under the East River to Manhattan, she says something like: «The next stop is in Manhattan, we go into hiding, hold our breath! »

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