Who is Constance Wu?
Constance Wu is a famous American actress. She was included on Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2017. Wu has received various accolades, comprising nominations for a Golden Globe Award, four Critics’ Choice Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and two TCA Awards.
She starred as Jessica Huang in the ABC television comedy Fresh Off the Boat (2015-2020). This was her breakout role and she received four nominations for the Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series. Wu was praised more for her role as Rachel Chu in the romantic comedy-drama movie Crazy Rich Asians (2018). She was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, among others. Wu became the first actress of Asian descent in more than 40 years and the fourth overall to be nominated for the former category. She then starred in the crime drama movie Hustlers (2019).
Constance Wu Career
Early work and Fresh Off the Boat (2006-2016)
Wu got roles on stage and in independent films in New York City. She made her screen breakout with a supporting role in Stephanie Daley (2006). Wu then had supporting roles in Year of the Fish and The Architect. On TV, she appeared in episodes of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Torchwood, and Covert Affairs, and also had a recurring role as Laudine Lee on the ABC soap opera One Life to Live in 2007. She then chose to move to Los Angeles from New York in 2010 following a heartbreak as per an interview. She was cast in Sound of My Voice, directed by Zal Batmanglij.
From 2012 to 2017, she starred in the web series EastSiders. Wu then won two Indie Series Awards both for Best Ensemble- Drama in 2014 and 2016. She was additionally nominated for two Indie Series Awards, one for Best Supporting Actress- Drama and the other for Best Guest Actress- Drama in those same years.
She took part in Sundance Screenwriters’ Lab with two emerging Asian-American directors, Yung Chang and Christopher Yogi, in 2014. Wu felt this was a unique opportunity to support fellow Asian storytellers. The same year following landing a role in one unsuccessful comedy pilot, she won the leading role in the ABC comedy series Fresh Off the Boat together with Randall Park. The series is loosely based on the life of chef and food personality Eddie Huang and his book Fresh Off the Boat: A Memoir.
In 2015, the series premiered and Wu got critical acclaim for her performance. E! named her a breakout star of the 2014-15 television season. She then earned four nominations for The Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series and two Television Critics Association TCA Awards for Individual Achievement in Comedy for her role as Jessica Huang.
How old is Constance Wu?
Wu is 41 years old as of 2023, having been born on March 22, 1982, in Richmond, Virginia, U.S. She shares her birthday with famous people including Merrick Hanna, Reese Witherspoon, Tyler Oakley, Nick Robinson, Matthew Modine, Robert A. Millikan, Emilio Aguinaldo, Stephen Sondheim, William Shatner, James Patterson, Andrew Lloyd Webber, among others.
Wu has been criticized as an Asian. In 2022, she revealed that the backlash and several private messages from ”a fellow Asian actress” who told her that she had ”become a blight on the Asian American community”, had caused her to attempt suicide. However she was found by a friend and saved, and she got off social media for the next three years, and lessened her acting workload to ”focus on her mental health”, including going through psychotherapy.
Constance Wu Family
Who are Constance Wu’s parents?
Constance Wu was born to Fang-Sheng Wu and his wife in Richmond, Virginia after emigrating from Taiwan. Her father is a biology and genetics professor at Virginia Commonwealth University while her mother is a computer programmer. She said that her paternal grandparents were very poor, working as bamboo farmers, and did not have the chance to get an education and so were unable to read and write.
Does Constance Wu have siblings?
Wu was born as the third born to her parents into a family of four children, all daughters. She has two older sisters and one younger sister.
Constance Wu Education
Wu attended Douglas S. Freeman High School in Henrico County. Here she started performing in local theater and took part in a six-month program during high school at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. She then joined the State University of New York at Purchase’s Conservatory of Theatre Arts graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in acting in 2005. Wu then studied psycholinguistics and considered pursuing a graduate degree program in speech pathology at Columbia University, prior to opting to pursue a career in acting and moving to Los Angeles.
Constance Wu Interests
Wu is an animal lover and has a pet rabbit called Lida Rose. She is also an activist regarding Asian representation in U.S. media and has expressed her support towards bringing more diversity into the movie industry. The #StarringConstanceWu hashtag meme, Adopted by Asian-American activists, puts her image into film promotional materials in order to highlight the paucity of Asian actors in starring roles.
Wu served with Miry’s List in 2017, an organization that provides essential kits to newly arrived immigrants and refugee families in Southern California.
Constance Wu Partner
Wu is currently not married but has been in a relationship since 2020, with her boyfriend Ryan Kattner, frontman of the band Man Man. She was previously linked to having a relationship with actor Ben Hethcoat. after meeting in December 2011 to February 2018. In November 2018, she spoke out about online harrassment and criticism she had received for dating Hethcoat, who is a white man.
Constance Wu Kids
Wu has one child, a daughter, who she gave birth to in the summer of 2020, with her boyfriend Ryan Kattner, and lives with her in Los Angeles.
Constance Wu Height
Wu has a stunning, beautiful, and curvaceous body adding up to an average height of 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m) and a weight of 53 kg (117 lbs).
Constance Wu Crazy Rich Asians and acclaim (2017-present)
Wu appeared in the Hulu anthology series. Dimension 404 in 2017. She was also included on the annual Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world. It was then announced that she had been set to star in Jon M. Chu’s version of Crazy Rich Asians, based on the bestselling novel of the same title by Kevin Kwan. The movie was launched in the United States and Canada on August 15, 2018, by Warner Bros. It was also the first major Hollywood studio movie to feature an all-Asian cast since 1993’s The Joy Luck Club. It was a critical and commercial success and emerged as the highest-grossing romantic comedy in a decade, grossing more than $238 million.
Constance earned critical acclaim for her performance and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, A Satellite Award, two Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, and two NAACP Image Awards. She is the first Asian woman in more than 40 years to be nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical, and the fourth ever female Asian nominee. Wu then starred in a short animated movie Crow: The Legend as Skunk in November 2018.
She then starred together with Jennifer Lopez in the crime comedy movie Hustlers, following a group of Manhattan strippers who rob wealthy men in 2019. The movie opened on September 13, 2019, and became a box office success, grossing more than $157 million worldwide and receiving positive reviews from critics. She worked at a strip club undercover to prepare for the role.
The same year, she starred in the independent drama movie I Was a Simple Man. She then revealed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Falcon that she was signed to reprise her role as Rachel Chu in both sequels to Crazy Rich Asians titled China Rich Girlfriend and Rich People Problems set for back-to-back filming in 2020. It was revealed in June 2019, that she would play the leading role in a movie titled Goodbye Vitamin, based on the debut novel of Rachel Khong. Universal Pictures will distribute the movie, and she will work as an executive producer on the movie. Wu was then cast in the Amazon Prime thriller series The Terminal List in March 2021. Most recently, Wu signed a first-look TV deal with Entertainment One.
Constance Wu Books
Wu launched her first book, the memoir Making a Scene, in October 2022.
Constance Wu Net Worth
American professional actress, Wu has been active from 2006 to the present in the film industry. She earns varying amounts of cash in different films and has garnered an estimated net worth of approximately $6 million.