After a three-year hiatus from acting, Constance Wu is ready to tell her story.
This week, the Crazy Rich Asians actress released a memoir, Making a Scene, in which she detailed the alleged sexual harassment she experienced on the set of her hit sitcom, Fresh Off the Boat, which ran from 2015 to 2020.
This ordeal, along with essential being ‘cancelled’ over a controversial tweet to 2019, plunged Wu into a depression so deep, she could barely get out of bed.
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Speaking to Good Morning America, the 40-year-old recalled being at the mercy of an unnamed FOTB producer who made “inappropriate requests” and advances toward her. Yet, she remained silent for fear of being fired from the show.
“I was scared of losing my job, and compared to the other stories of the harassment I endured, it ‘wasn’t that bad,'” an emotional Wu told journalist Juju Chan. “In fact, to be honest, what I went through was pretty common.”
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“It was a conflict for me because I didn’t want to stain the reputation of the one show that Asian-Americans had to represent themselves. I shut up because this producer was such a good proponent for Asian-American issues that I don’t want to bring him down.”
“It really was a conflict for me, because I didn’t want to stain the reputation of the one show Asian-Americans had to represent themselves,” she explained.
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In the wide-ranging interview, Wu also opened up about the rock-bottom she hit in the aftermath of her controversial tweet in 2019 when she expressed her disappointment that FOTB was renewed for another season.
“So upset right now that I’m literally crying. Ugh. F–k,” she wrote in a since-deleted tweet from three years ago when ABC announced the comedy was returning for a sixth season. “F—ing hell.”
Looking back, Wu admitted her tweet was “reckless” and “dramatic”, but the reaction to it received was over-the-top.
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“The backlash was immediate,” she remembered. “There was a huge pile on. I was essentially cancelled for coming off as ungrateful, and the most painful thing of all was that it was really the Asian-American community that either ostracised or avoided me the most.”
“Do I think the proportion of the hatred and the cancellation pitted at me was equal to the amount of error I did? No,” she concluded.
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