Constance Wu

Constance Wu

The actress and comedian is best known for her roles in Crazy Rich Asians and Fresh Off the Boat. She became famous for playing Michelle Chang on ABC’s sitcom Fresh off the boat, where she played the daughter of Taiwanese immigrants. After the show ended in 2016, Wu went on to star in the romantic comedy film Crazy Rich Asians, based on Kevin Kwan’s bestselling novel about the rich and beautiful Asian American experience in New York City. In 2018 she starred alongside Awkwafina in the box office hit romcom The Farewell.

Constance Wu was born in Taipei, Taiwan, and moved to California with her family when she was three years old. Her mother is Taiwanese, while her father is Chinese-Canadian. She studied theater arts at UCLA, graduating in 2009. Wu got her big break in Hollywood when she landed a role in the 2012 romantic comedy movie How To Be Single, starring Anna Kendrick. She later starred in the 2013 romantic comedy film Hello My Name Is Doris. She had recurring roles in TV series such as Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Master of None, and Black Mirror. She also voiced supporting character Nami in the animated TV series One Piece.

In 2017 Wu married actor Daniel Dae Kim. They welcomed their son together in July 2018.

Constance Wu

Early life

Constance Wu was born in,

Her parents immigrated from

She graduated from

Freeman High School, in Henico who performed in local theatre.

She participated in a six-months program during high school at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute.

Wu later graduated from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a degree in Theater Arts.


Wu attended Hunter College High School in Manhattan and graduated from Columbia University in 2006. Her family moved to Los Angeles when she was 15, where she studied acting at Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute. After graduating college, Wu began working in New York City.

In 2009, Wu landed a recurring role in the NBC sitcom

She went on to star opposite Randall Park in the romantic comedy

Wu starred alongside Jason Biggs in the indie film

Wu played a small part in the 2010 crime thriller

Wu co-starred in the 2011 comedy

Wu guest starred on the CBS drama

Crazy Rich Asians and acclaim (2017–present)

The role earned her nominations for Best Supporting Actress at the Golden Globes and Critics Choice Awards. She won both awards at the SAG Awards. At the Academy Awards, she became the first Asian American woman to win a competitive Oscar category. Her performance marked the first time an Asian American actor had been nominated for best supporting actress since 1992.

Personal life

Wu lives in Los Angeles. She grew up in New York City, where she attended Hunter College High School. Her parents are both doctors, and her mother is originally from Taiwan. Her father is originally from Hong Kong. Her family moved to the United States when she was 12 years old.

In November 2011, Wu met actor Benjamin Hethcoat, whom he had known since high school. They began dating in 2012, and became engaged in January 2013. On August 16, 2016, Wu announced that she and Hethcoat were separating. After six months of separation, they divorced in February 2018.

On April 14, 2017, Wu filed for divorce from Hethcoat citing irreconcilable differences.

In October 2017, Wu revealed that she had breast cancer, saying that she had found a lump in her left breast. Wu underwent surgery in early December 2017.

In July 2018, Wu confirmed that she was pregnant. Their son, born in September 2018, weighed 9 lbs., 10 oz. (4 kg).

On December 11, 2018, Wu posted photos of herself and her husband on Instagram, announcing that they were expecting again. Wu gave birth to their second child, daughter Ella Grace, on June 7, 2019.


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Simu Liu’s joke about Constance Wu’s Fresh Off the Boat tweets made her feel betrayed by her community

Constance Wu

After her controversial 2019 tweets, Constance Wu has opened up about being ostracized by the Asian community.

As part of Wednesday’s Red Table Talk on Facebook Watch, Wu said that she felt betrayed by her own community after tweeting her disappointment at Fresh Off the Boat’s renewal — pointing to one particular gala event that occurred months after her suicide attempt. Simu Liu joked about her after being assured that she wouldn’t be mocked at Character Media’s Unforgettable Gala.

They wanted me to come ’cause they wanted to celebrate [Fresh Off the Boat] and the kids on the show,” Wu told co-hosts Jada Pinkett Smith, Willow Smith, and Adrienne Banfield-Norris. The controversy around me at the time made me think that if I went, people would just want to talk about the tweets. “And I love my kids so much that I wanted this to be a moment of celebration for them.”


She continued, “I told them I didn’t want anyone to make fun of it because I’m still in a very raw place about it. I’m not ready to be mocked for it.” Wu’s peers were unaware of her suicide attempt at the time. “But I expressed that I cannot deal with that. They promised me. They said, “No, no, no, no, no. We love Constance. It will only be positive energy and warm vibes toward her.” So I was like, “Okay, okay, I’ll go, and they sat me, like, in the front row and, like, had all these cameras on me.” Within ten minutes, the host started making fun of me.”

“I was sitting there alone, trying not to cry in a public setting, and everyone was like, Oh, s—!” Wu explained. Almost as if they were setting me up for it, they mocked me right away. It felt like a betrayal by the Asian American community. I had been in the emergency room a couple of months before that.”

According to Wu, Liu apologized since the joke was made. “The host, Simu, did the right thing and he apologized, and it was a sincere apology,” she said.

EW didn’t receive a response from Liu’s reps immediately.

Though the Shang-Chi star apologized, Wu admitted that she still feels shunned by other members of the community. “I feel like people are avoiding me,” Wu said. “I feel the disapproval, but rather than being blatant, the silence of how people reached out to me before, pre-tweet versus post-tweet. And you can tell. The silence has an effect.”

Earlier this week, Wu clarified in an Instagram story that she had misidentified the gala Liu was hosting on Red Table Talk as the Unforgettable Gala hosted by Character Media, not CAPE (Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment). My apologies to @capeusa and I apologize for the error. The 18th Annual Unforgettable Gala was held in late 2019 to honor Asian and Pacific Islanders who have fought for API representation in entertainment and culture.

As part of her candid conversation with the mother and daughter duos, Wu also discussed how she was sexually harassed by a senior producer on the set of Fresh Off the Boat, how she was assaulted off set, and how her mother and she became estranged. All of these are explored in her memoir Making a Scene, available now wherever books are sold.

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