11+ Things You Probably Never Knew About Constance Wu

Diply 2 Oct 2018

If you don't know who Constance Wu is, you're definitely in the minority. This talented actress isn't just blowing up the big screen in *Crazy Rich Asians*, she's also a social media sensation and television icon. And if that isn't enough to pique your interest, she's super socially active, making her the best version of the twentieth-century woman.

If you don't believe me, I have some facts that'll have you rooting for Wu.

1. According to Biography, Constance Tianming Wu was born on March 22, 1982, in Richmond, Virginia.

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Wu's mother and father emigrated from Taiwan to the United States before she was born. Her father worked as a biology professor while her mother was a successful computer programmer.

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2. She graduated from the State University of New York at Purchase's Conservatory of Theatre Arts with a degree in acting in 2005. 

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So in case you couldn't already tell, she's way more than just a pretty face.

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3. One of her first gigs that garnered some attention was her role in the dark comedy web series EastSiders.

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Wu played Kathy in the series and gained the adoration of many loyal fans who helped support the show through a successful Kickstarter campaign.

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4. And if you think she couldn't be any more rad, in 2016, she actually wore her prom dress to the Emmys!

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"Yes, I wore my actual high school prom dress to the creative Emmy Awards last night. And a choker made from the ribbon off a gift box. Yes, I did." Wu wrote on Instagram.

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5. Wu's most recent television role as Jessica Huang on ABC's Fresh Off the Boat is probably where most people first got a good taste of her acting chops. 

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On a side note, isn't this cake the greatest?

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6. Biography reveals that due to scheduling conflicts, Wu initially had to turn down the lead role in the now record-breaking movie, Crazy Rich Asians. 

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About a month after declining, she decided to reach out to the movie's director, Jon M. Chu, via email to let him know that she was still really invested and passionate about the project. Chu, who had always wanted to cast her in the role, then changed the film's schedule to accommodate her availability.

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7. She has always been a strong advocate for Asian Americans in the film industry. 

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She penned a note and posted it on Twitter, explaining why the film Crazy Rich Asians was such an important project for her. Honestly, it's super moving.

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8. At one point, she almost stopped acting. 

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In an effort to find a more stable career, Alloy reports that she began to study psycholinguistics. In the end, she realized her passion was in acting and returned to the Hollywood scene shortly after.

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9. She helped found the iconic #MeToo movement.

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Her participation in the #MeToo movement is often overlooked, but her criticism of Casey Affleck helped push the historical movement into the spotlight.

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10. In 2017, Wu made it on Time's annual list of 100 most influential people in the world.

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Girls creator Lena Dunham (who penned the copy regarding Wu in the magazine), touched on Wu's passion for advocacy and positive change.

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11. Her pet rabbit, Lida Rose, is probably more famous than anyone you know. 

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Wu splashes Lida Rose's perfect little cottontail all over her Instagram, and I can't even be mad. I mean, just look at how cute she is.

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12. She started her acting career in theater and still has a strong love for the stage. 

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Wu captions this picture on her Instagram by saying, "Theatre was always my home, my sanctuary, and my favorite place. I miss it so much. ?"

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13. Wu stands up for what she believes is right.

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She is an avid advocate for women's rights and Asian American representation in Hollywood, among many other things.

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14. This superstar also plays guitar.

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Not only is she sharp as a tack and able to act, she's also musically inclined. Could someone please pass some of this talent my way?

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15. She was also the face of the #StarringConstanceWu social media campaign to draw awareness to the under-representation of Asian Americans in Hollywood. 

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The movement started with the #StarringJohnCho hashtag that *Vanity Fair* covered, and made its way over to Wu a few years later. Honestly, it's equal parts insightful and entertaining.

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Twitter users all over the world really leaned into the overall message and made this grassroots campaign go viral. 

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If you have a second, I recommend checking out a few of the #StarringConstanceWu tweets on Twitter, because they are hilarious.

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