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Constance Wu Was Sexually Harassed on ‘Fresh Off the Boat’ Production

“It’s less black and white than just victim and perpetrator,” Wu said.

Constance Wu revealed in her memoir Making a Scene that a member of the Fresh Off the Boat crew sexually harassed her for years.

Wu, who only uses the production’s initial, claimed he controlled her, required her to ask permission for all her business ventures, and told her what to wear. Wu claimed that at first she considered him a friend and mentor, but then she was afraid of what would happen if she did not comply.

Fresh Off the Boat was my first TV show. I was thrown into this world,” Wu told The New York Times. “I don’t have parents in the industry. And since I was 30, people thought I knew what I was doing. It made me paranoid and confused.”

In 2015, a member of the production team touched Wu’s thigh at a sporting event and then grazed her crotch. A later dispute during the second season of “Fresh Off the Boat”, which ran from 2015 to 2020, resulted in Wu breaking off relations with the production team member in question; the dispute was about whether she would accompany him to the film festival. ABC declined to comment on the allegations.

In 2019, Wu tweeted, “Gosh” and “So upset right now I’m literally crying. Ugh. Fuck.” after the ABC sitcom was renewed for a sixth season. Wu later clarified, “Today’s tweets were right after a hard day and out of time with news about the show. Please know I’m so grateful for the FOTB update. I love the cast The cast and crew. I’m proud to be a part of this. Thank you for all the fans’ support and for everyone who supports my sloppy use of the word “fuck-thank you” too.”

Wu’s self-proclaimed “careless tweets” caused a backlash, leading Wu to attempt suicide.

Now, the Crazy Rich Asians actress has spoken to the NYT about her journey to Fresh Ship.

“I had a public image that was not very similar to myself. I’m actually not that healthy a person,” Wu said. “I try not to be a hero. I try to portray myself as a completely normal person who has flaws, like everyone else. I don’t really like the actor’s memoir, which says: “I overcame difficulties, and I’m the kind of person who was humble and just kept working.” I was the victim. It’s less black and white than just victim and perpetrator.”

Wu has addressed racism in Hollywood and has also been told that she is “a disgrace to Asian Americans” and a “spoil” to society.

“Whenever I didn’t get a role, I never thought it was because I was Asian, I always thought it was because I wasn’t handsome enough or talented enough,” Wu said. “Now that I’m in Hollywood, I don’t think that’s the case. I see how the machine works. I think these casting decisions have more to do with public opinion, social media numbers. But I think race plays a role in all of this.”

Wu continued, “It was almost joyful. It looked like they couldn’t wait to rip me apart. I think the Asian community in Hollywood is still too focused on positive representation, which is an illusion to me. In general, the human representation is more complex. And I think I’m wondering how, at the time when I could most benefit from their help, they were the people who put me to shame.”

Wu is currently filming for Terminal List and the upcoming movie Lyle, Lyle Crocodile. She also stars in East Bay, writer-director Daniel Yoon’s portrait of the son of Asian immigrants living in the Bay Area and going through a coming-of-age crisis. Wu is also set to reprise his role in Crazy Rich Asians for a planned sequel.

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