As a result of her unapologetic and hilarious portrayal of Jessica Huang on ABC’s hit comedy “Fresh Off the Boat,” her first foray into comedy, the spotlight on Constance Wu is brighter than ever.
The fourth season of “Fresh Off the Boat” premiered on ABC on October 3, 2017, with Wu 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 1990s and revolves around a Taiwanese family that moves to suburban Orlando. The series debuted in February 2015 to 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 has received two nominations from the Critics’ Choice Television Awards for Best Actress in a Comedy, as well as two TCA Award nominations for Individual Achievement in Comedy in 2015 and 2016. The show has been picked up for a fifth season.
Recently, Wu was seen in the independent film “The Feels,” and will be seen in “You and Me Both,” an independent road trip film in which she plays a struggling addict. She has also signed on as part of the voice cast of the animated feature “Wish Dragon,” alongside Jackie Chan. The picture is a modern re-telling of the classic Genie in a bottle tale from 1001 Nights.
Wu can be seen as the lead in a stand-alone episode of Hulu’s sci-fi/fantasy anthology series “Dimension 404.” She plays Jane, a military psychologist on active duty who wants nothing more than to spend Christmas leave with her wife and daughter. Wu co-starred alongside Megan Mullally in the episode. She has also joined the cast of “Rainbow Crow,” the new animated VR series from Baobab Studios that John Legend is producing and toplining. The first chapter of the series, which is based on a Native American legend, premiered on April 21st at the Tribeca Film Festival.
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 as a series regular on the LogoTV web series “EastSiders,” and the Fox Digital Studios film “Parallels,” which was released by Netflix on March 3rd, 2015.