Wu in 2015
Constance Tianmin Wu|
March 22, 1982
Richmond, Virginia, U.S.
|Residence||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Alma mater||SUNY Purchase|
Constance Tianmin Wu (born March 22, 1982) is a Taiwanese American actress. She is best known for her starring roles as Jessica Huang in the ABC comedy series Fresh Off the Boat (2015–present), and as Rachel Chu in the 2018 romantic comedy-drama film Crazy Rich Asians.
Early life and education
Wu was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, in a Taiwanese American family. Wu's parents emigrated from Taiwan. Her father was a biology and genetics professor at Virginia Commonwealth University and her mother was a computer programmer. Wu said that her paternal grandparents were very poor, working as bamboo farmers, and did not have the opportunity to get an education, so they were unable to read and write. Third of four daughters, she has two older sisters and one younger sister.
She graduated from Douglas S. Freeman High School, where she began performing in local theater; she participated in a six-month program during high school at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. Wu later graduated from State University of New York at Purchase's Conservatory of Theatre Arts with a bachelor of fine arts in acting in 2005. Wu cited Academy Award-winning director Ang Lee as an influence. After college, Wu studied psycholinguistics and considered pursuing a graduate degree program in speech pathology at Columbia University.
In New York, Wu got 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, directed by Brit Marling.
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 fellow Asian storytellers.
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. 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. E! named her a breakout star of the 2014-15 television season. For her performance, she was nominated for Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series and a Television Critics Association TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy, both in 2015.
The #StarringConstanceWu hashtag meme inserts Wu's image into film promotional materials in order to highlight the paucity of Asian actors in starring roles.
In February 2017, it was announced that Wu had been set to star in Jon M. Chu's adaptation of Crazy Rich Asians, based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Kevin Kwan. Wu's character, Rachel Chu, is an Asian-American economics professor at NYU who travels to Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas "Nick" Young, to meet his wealthy family. Crazy Rich Asians was released in the United States and Canada on August 15, 2018 by Warner Bros., and is the first major Hollywood studio film to feature an all-Asian cast since 1993's The Joy Luck Club. Also starring Henry Golding, Gemma Chan, Awkwafina, Nico Santos, Lisa Lu, Ken Jeong, and Michelle Yeoh, Crazy Rich Asians was met with high critical praise, and became the number one film in U.S. and Canada theatres over opening weekend.
|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|
|2014||Electric Slide||Mika Oh|
|2013||My Mother Is Not a Fish||N/A||Director and writer|
|2015||Low Budget Ethnic Movie||Sara|
|2017||Nine Minutes||Lilian||Short film|
|2017||All the Creatures Were Stirring||Gabby|
|2018||Crazy Rich Asians||Rachel Chu|
|2018||Next Gen||Molly||Voice role|
|2006||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Candy||Episode: "Underbelly"|
|2007||One Life to Live||Laudine Lee||3 episodes|
|2011||Torchwood||Shawnie Yamaguchi||Episode: "Miracle Day: End of the Road"|
|2013||Browsers||Prudence Yu||Television pilot|
|2013||Covert Affairs||Wendy Chen||Episode: "Rock a My Soul"|
|2014||Franklin & Bash||Caroline Chilton||Episode: "Falcon's Nest"|
|2014||High Moon||Mikiko Kobiyashi||Unsold television pilot|
|2015||Childrens Hospital||Pepsi Lamarr||Episode: "Up at 5""|
|2015–present||Fresh Off the Boat||Jessica Huang||Main role|
Nominated – TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy (2015, 2016)
Nominated – 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||Episode: "Bob"|
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Constance Wu, a recent graduate of SUNY Purchase in New York
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