Constance Wu

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Constance Wu
Wu in 2015
Born Constance Tianming Wu
(1982-03-22) March 22, 1982 (age 35)
Richmond, Virginia, U.S.
Alma mater SUNY Purchase
Occupation Actress
Years active 2006–present
Constance Wu
Traditional Chinese [1][2]

Constance Tianming Wu (born March 22, 1982)[3][4] is an American actress. She began her career in the theater, before her breakthrough role as Jessica Huang in the ABC comedy series Fresh Off the Boat.[5]

Early life and education[edit]

Wu was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, in a Taiwanese family. She graduated from Douglas S. Freeman High School, where she began performing in local theater at Henrico Teen Theater, HATTheatre, Theatre IV, Virginia Shakespeare Festival as well as an NYU program for six months during high school at Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute.[6]

Wu's parents emigrated from Taipei City, Taiwan.[7][8][9] Wu said that her paternal grandparents were very poor, working as bamboo farmers and did not have the opportunity to get an education, so were unable to read and write.[10] Her father was a biology and genetics professor at Virginia Commonwealth University[6] and her mother was a computer programmer.

Wu graduated from State University of New York at Purchase's Conservatory of Theatre Arts with a BFA in Acting in 2005.[11][12] One of the directors she adores most is Ang Lee, a Taiwanese director who has won the Academy Award for Best Director twice.[13]

After college, Wu studied psycholinguistics and almost attended a graduate degree program in speech pathology at Columbia University.[14] She has three sisters, two older and one younger.[15]


In New York, Wu had roles onstage and in independent movies. She made her screen debut with a supporting role in Stephanie Daley (2006). She also had later supporting roles in Year of the Fish and The Architect. On television, 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. Wu moved to Los Angeles in 2010, where she was cast in Sound of My Voice, which was directed by Brit Marling.[16]

In 2014, after landing a role in one unsuccessful comedy pilot, Wu won the leading role in the ABC comedy series Fresh Off the Boat alongside Randall Park.[17][18] The series is loosely based on the life of chef and food personality Eddie Huang and his book Fresh Off the Boat: A Memoir. The series premiered in 2015, and Wu received critical acclaim for her performance.[19][20][21][22] E! named her a breakout star of the 2014-15 television season.[23] In 2015, she was nominated for Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series[24] and a Television Critics Association TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy.[25]

In 2014, Wu participated in Sundance Screenwriters' Lab with two emerging Asian-American directors, Yung Chang and Christopher Yogi, in what she felt was a unique opportunity to support Asian storytellers.[10]

Wu played a leading role in the 2015 science fiction movie Parallels. In 2017, she appeared in the Hulu anthology series Dimension 404.[26] Also in 2017, Wu was cast as lead in the Warner Bros. film Crazy Rich Asians.[27]

Personal life[edit]

Wu lives in Los Angeles. She has a pet rabbit named Lida Rose.[28][29]



Year Title Role Notes
2006 Stephanie Daley Jenn
2006 The Architect Michelle
2007 Year of the Fish Lucy
2011 Sound of My Voice Christine
2012 Watching TV with the Red Chinese Kimi Hu
2013 Best Friends Forever Melanie
2013 Ties Shannon O Short film
2013 Taylor Manifest Val Short film
2013 Deadly Revenge Kym
2014 Electric Slide Mika Oh
2013 My Mother Is Not a Fish Director and writer
2015 Parallels Polly
2015 Low Budget Ethnic Movie Sara
2017 Nine Minutes Lilian Short film
2017 All the Creatures Were Stirring
2017 The Feels Andi
TBD Crazy Rich Asians Rachel Chu Leading Role


Year Title Role Notes
2006 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Candy Episode: "Underbelly"
2007 One Life to Live Laudine Lee Recurring role
2011 Torchwood Shawnie Yamaguchi Episode: "Miracle Day: End of the Road"
2012 EastSiders Krazy Kathy Web series
2013 Browsers Prudence Yu Pilot movie
2013 Covert Affairs Wendy Chen Episode: "Rock a My Soul"
2014 Franklin & Bash Caroline Chilton Episode: "Falcon's Nest"
2014 High Moon[30] Mikiko Kobiyashi Movie
2015 Childrens Hospital Pepsi Lamarr Episode: "Up at 5""
2015–present Fresh Off the Boat Jessica Huang Series regular
Nominated – TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy (2015, 2016)
Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series (2015, 2016)
2016 Royal Pains Amy Chang Episode: "Fly Me to Kowloon"
2017 Dimension 404 Jane


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