Constance Wu has revealed that her early years Fresh off the boat were marred by some unwanted attention from a producer.
He moved to Washington DC. “I kept my mouth shut for a really long time about a lot of the sexual harassment and intimidation that I got the first two seasons of the show,” she said Friday at the In Atlantic Festival. The Hollywood Reporter. “Because, after the first two seasons, once it was successful, once I wasn’t afraid of losing my job, that’s when I started saying ‘no’ to harassment, ‘no’ to fear. Special. producer. And, so I thought: ‘You know what? I handled it, nobody knows, I don’t need to tarnish the reputation of this Asian American producer, I don’t need to tarnish the reputation of the show. is.’ “
Wu starred as Jessica Huang in the hit sitcom, which was set in Orlando, Fla., in the late 90s. The mother was in a Taiwanese-American family living in He played the character for all six seasons, which aired from February 2015 to February 2020. The experiences he had there and elsewhere are part of his memory, Creating a scenewhich comes out on October 4.
He explained that his publisher, Simon & Schuster, encouraged him to be open about what happened. And first, he wrote about it as an exercise.
“And then I finally realized that it was important to talk about it, because I had a very traumatic experience in my first two years on that show, and no one knew about it.” Wu said. “Because the show was historic for Asian Americans. And it was the only show starring Asian Americans on network television in over 20 years, and I didn’t want to tarnish the reputation of a show that we represented. was.”
ABC did not respond to Yahoo Entertainment’s request for comment.
In a story about the book, also published Friday, The The New York Times Wu is reported to offer more detail on the situation there. She uses only one initial to identify a “senior member of the production team” and writes that he “controlled her, demanding that she run all her business affairs ahead of him and telling him that her role in the show What to wear in first year”. She alleged that the man once put his hand on her thigh and grazed her crotch, but by the second season, she felt empowered to tell the man no. His show was a hit.
“Fresh off the boat “It was my first TV show,” Wu told the newspaper. “I was thrown into this world. I don’t have parents in the industry. And because I was 30 years old, people thought I knew what I was doing. It made me mad and embarrassed.”
She and her harasser stopped speaking after she refused to go to a film festival with him.
Wu said on DC’s appearance that the harassment was part of the reason he was up for it Fresh off the boat to finish.
The actress controversially tweeted in 2019 that she was upset that her show had been renewed, a message that was not received well on social media. He stopped tweeting for almost three years.
As she returned to the platform in July, she wrote that she was convinced she should end her life because of the situation. “3 years ago, when I carelessly tweeted about the renewal of my TV show, it sparked outrage and an internet embarrassment that turned very serious. I feel so bad about what I said,” he wrote. , “And when some DMs from a fellow Asian actress told me that I would become a disgrace to the Asian American community, I began to feel that I didn’t even deserve to live anymore. That I was a disgrace to AsAms, And they’d be better off without me. Looking back, it’s true that a few DMs convinced me to end my life, but that’s what happened. Luckily, a friend found me and took me to the ER. . It was a scary moment that made me re-evaluate a lot in my life.”
On Friday, he mentioned how anxiety played into the sentiments he tweeted.
“I wanted to have a fresh slate where I didn’t have to start a show with all these memories of abuse,” Wu said. “Some people knew [the harassment] was happening, and going to work every day and seeing people who knew he was sexually harassing me by being ‘buddy-buddy’ with me felt like a betrayal every time. I loved everyone on that crew, and I loved working on that show, but it had a history of abuse that started it, and even though I took it over two years later, I was a clean slate. Was waiting for the slate.”
Wu said she couldn’t have written her book three years ago, because she was still “raw” and “scarred” from the suicide attempt, but it took time to heal.
“I felt ready and capable, and I thought it was important for me to help people,” she said.
She cried as she noted that she decided to re-engage on social media because the people she wants to help are more likely to be there than reading books like hers.