Constance Wu | Female Breakout Star
As a result of her unapologetic and hilarious portrayal of ‘Jessica Huang’ on ABC’s hit comedy “Fresh Off the Boat,” the spotlight on Constance Wu is brighter than ever in her first foray into comedy. Currently, Wu is in production on the second season of “Fresh Off The Boat,” which will premiere on ABC on Tuesday, September 22nd, reprising her role as the family matriarch and mother of three opposite Randall Park. Based on Eddie Huang’s memoir, the show is set in the 1990’s and revolves around a Taiwanese family that moves to suburban Orlando. The series debuted this past February with much critical acclaim and garnered 8 million viewers, becoming the second highest rated comedy to premiere during the season. Wu was instantly praised as the breakout star of the comedy season for her interpretation as the no-nonsense, pragmatic mom and received nominations for a Critics’ Choice Television Award for ‘Best Actress in a Comedy’ and a TCA Award for ‘Individual Achievement in Comedy.’
Wu was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia where she grew up performing in the local community theatre scene. At 16, she moved to New York to study at the famed Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute and the Conservatory for Theatre Arts at S.U.N.Y Purchase. While in New York, she worked in classical theatre and quickly transitioned to film. She soon appeared in several Sundance Feature Films including “Stephanie Daley,” and “Year of the Fish.” In 2010, she moved to Los Angeles where her theatre and film background helped land her a role in another Sundance Feature, “The Sound of My Voice.” She next appeared a series regular on the LogoTV web series, “East Siders,” and the Fox Digital Studios film, Parallels, which was released by Netflix on March 3rd, 2015. In addition to her indie films, Wu has had memorable guest appearances on “Children’s Hospital,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Torchwood,” “Covert Affairs,” and “Franklin & Bash.”
She currently resides in Silverlake, Los Angeles with her pet bunny, Lida Rose.