Constance Wu won’t watch Hustlers

Constance Wu has no interest in watching her hit stripper movie Hustlers because she fears it will make her too “self-conscious” for future projects.The Crazy Rich Asians star features alongside Jennifer Lopez in the film, which tells of a real-life gr…

Constance Wu has no interest in watching her hit stripper movie Hustlers because she fears it will make her too “self-conscious” for future projects.

The Crazy Rich Asians star features alongside Jennifer Lopez in the film, which tells of a real-life group of exotic dancers who con their wealthy broker clients.

While Hustlers is being tipped for big things during the upcoming Hollywood awards season, Wu has now admitted that she is yet to see the finished product, and she doubts she ever will.

In a new interview for Variety’s Actors on Actors series, she was asked by Mindy Kaling if she will ever see her own movie, and she replied, “Probably not. It’s not that I don’t watch all my projects, it’s a case-by-case basis. If it’s going to help my work to watch something, I’ll watch it, but if I think it’s just going to make me self-conscious about my work in the future and damage my work, then I don’t.”

Wu went on to explain that her decision has nothing to do with the quality of the movie.

“I think Destiny (her Hustlers character) is in such a vulnerable (place)… She has such a huge arc, she changes from beginning, middle to end,” the 37-year-old explained. “I feel like if I watch that too much, I’ll get analytical and self-conscious and it’ll affect my performance in the future. But I’m so glad people are enjoying it, and I had the best time doing it.”

Hustlers, which also co-stars Julia Stiles and Cardi B, is based on a New York Magazine article that went viral in 2015.

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Jennifer Lopez ‘didn’t get paid’ for her acting role in Hustlers

Jennifer Lopez has claimed she took on her role as stripper Ramona in Hustlers “for free”.The singer/actress stars in the movie as the “savage” performer, and also produced the flick, which was a box office smash over the summer and also featured Cardi…

Jennifer Lopez has claimed she took on her role as stripper Ramona in Hustlers “for free”.

The singer/actress stars in the movie as the “savage” performer, and also produced the flick, which was a box office smash over the summer and also featured Cardi B, Lizzo, Constance Wu, and Lili Reinhart.

Despite the film’s success, the Waiting For Tonight singer has now told GQ magazine as their Icon of the Year for their annual Men of the Year issue that she didn’t get paid for her involvement.

“I do things because I love them. I didn’t get paid a whole bunch of money for Hustlers,” she shared. “I did it for free and produced it. I bank on myself. That’s the Jenny from the Block. I do what I want, I do what I love.”

Jennifer went on to explain how the financial arrangement helped her to engage with her character’s independent mindset.

“Whether she was doing great things or bad things, she was very clear about what she wanted and what her goals were. And that she could do it on her own

“For me, who grew up with my sister sleeping in the same bed, and then went from one relationship to the other, playing that character, and having to be that independent and in charge, I was just like, ‘God, this is so empowering,'” the 50-year-old mused, adding: “It was fun when I was playing it. It was scary when I was watching it.”

Elsewhere, Jennifer insisted that she’s very proud of Hustlers, calling the movie a “moment” for women everywhere.

“This is our movie where we run s**t. They know it’s all women producers, women director, women writer, all women starring in it,” she added. “And they kind of took ownership of that. We’ve been watching men take advantage of women in movies a long time. And so it was a fun kind of ride to see the tables turn.”

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Constance Wu goes to acting classes on her days off

Constance Wu goes to acting classes on her days off because that’s where she feels the “most free”.The 37-year-old started acting in a community theatre in her hometown of Richmond, Virginia, at the age of 12 before training at the Lee Strasberg …

Constance Wu goes to acting classes on her days off because that’s where she feels the “most free”.

The 37-year-old started acting in a community theatre in her hometown of Richmond, Virginia, at the age of 12 before training at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute.

She has since found success with hit sitcom Fresh Off the Boat and movies like Crazy Rich Asians and Hustlers, but the Golden Globe-nominated actress loves her job so much that she even goes to acting classes on her days off.

“I love what I do. It’s more fun for me than going to a party,” she told Britain’s Guardian newspaper. “When I have a day off, I go to acting class. I’m there with all the other actors who are struggling and waiting tables and trying to become actors, just because it’s fun. It’s where I feel most free.”

She also opened up about the early days of her career, and recalled a time when she was living in New York during her early 20s and was juggling her job as a waitress with auditions. While deciding whether to retrain as a speech therapist or to focus on her acting career, she decided to ditch her acting dream because of a “pathetic reason”.

“I had a boyfriend I was in love with, who wasn’t too psyched with the idea of being with an actress, because it wasn’t stable. He wasn’t like: ‘I don’t want to be with an actress,’ but he said: ‘I just want a partner with a stable job.’ I tried it. It didn’t work for me. And that relationship did not end up working out,” Wu explained.

Elsewhere in the interview, Wu teased the latest developments for the two follow-up movies to last year’s smash hit, Crazy Rich Asians.

“I’m still friends with Jon M. Chu (the director). Last I talked to him, they were still working on the scripts,” she stated.

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Cardi B working on new movie following Hustlers success

Cardi B has already landed another acting gig following the success of her film debut in Hustlers.The Bodak Yellow rapper appears alongside Jennifer Lopez, Constance Wu and Lizzo in the movie, about a group of strippers who set up an initiative to scam…

Cardi B has already landed another acting gig following the success of her film debut in Hustlers.

The Bodak Yellow rapper appears alongside Jennifer Lopez, Constance Wu and Lizzo in the movie, about a group of strippers who set up an initiative to scam wealthy men when the sex industry bottoms out following the financial crisis of the late 2000s.

The film was the star’s first feature film acting gig, and in an interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Thursday, she insisted it’s definitely not her last.

“I enjoyed it, and I just couldn’t believe I was on set for like 16 hours and then like… is this what actors gotta go through?” she said of making the movie. “Artists, we have long days but it’s just full of excitement, like we move around we’re doing something. Like, you gotta wait in the trailer until it’s your turn, you gotta do the same scene like 20 times.”

When host Ellen asked her, “You’re not going to do that again aren’t you?” Cardi responded: “Oh yes I am. Yup. I am going to film for a movie this month.”

Probing the star as to why she wanted to repeat the experience after describing that she didn’t enjoy the process of acting, the I Like It rapper joked: “I enjoy the cheques.”

The musician also claimed she accepted her judging role on Netflix’s hip-hop competition series Rhythm + Flow for the money, but revealed she naturally became invested in the show’s contestants.

“We did it for the cheque, but once we were there… you know something, I grew a connection to the contestants,” she told host Ellen. “I was really emotional the last day. I was so sad.”

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Jennifer Lopez earns career-high opening with Hustlers

Jennifer Lopez has earned the best box office opening of her career with new movie Hustlers.Written and directed by Lorene Scafaria, the crime-drama is inspired by a New York Magazine article published in 2015 by Jessica Pressler, with the plot followi…

Jennifer Lopez has earned the best box office opening of her career with new movie Hustlers.

Written and directed by Lorene Scafaria, the crime-drama is inspired by a New York Magazine article published in 2015 by Jessica Pressler, with the plot following a savvy group of strippers who band together to scam money out of the wealthy men who visit their club.

Lopez has won rave reviews for her performance as experienced stripper Ramona, who mentors the naive Dorothy (Constance Wu), and it was announced on Sunday that the film has exceeded expectations at the North American box office following its release on Friday.

Hustlers came in at second place in the rankings, raking in $33.2 million (£26.6 million) in the U.S. and Canada, and $4.46 million (£3.5 million) in other territories, including the U.K.

Accordingly, the film marks the largest box office taking for one of Lopez’s live-action films, exceeding the $23.1 million (£18.6 million) her flick Monster-in-Law, also starring Jane Fonda, made when it opened in May 2005. Hustlers is also a box office hit for studio STXfilms, with the movie surpassing the $23.8 million (£19 million) Bad Moms collected in 2016.

It Chapter Two took the number one spot at the box office for a second week in a row. The horror movie sequel, starring Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, and Bill Hader, hauled in $40.7 million (£32.6 million) over the weekend, giving the film a $323.3 million (£252.2 million) 10-day worldwide total. Angel Has Fallen landed in third place with $4.4 million (£3.5 million), while Good Boys and The Lion King closed out the top five.

In light of the positive critical response to Hustlers, Lopez took to her YouTube channel to post a video in which she appeared to be moved by the reaction.

“I have been doing this too damn long to have any expectations. You know what I mean?” the 50-year-old admitted. “I just do my best. I work as hard as I f**king can to just like make it epic, but then the rest is up to God, timing, people.”

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Lili Reinhart looks at strippers in a new light after Hustlers

Lili Reinhart looks at strippers in a different light after playing one in her new movie Hustlers.The Riverdale actress wasn’t sure she was the right fit for the film, which also stars Jennifer Lopez, Constance Wu, Keke Palmer and Cardi B as exotic dan…

Lili Reinhart looks at strippers in a different light after playing one in her new movie Hustlers.

The Riverdale actress wasn’t sure she was the right fit for the film, which also stars Jennifer Lopez, Constance Wu, Keke Palmer and Cardi B as exotic dancers, but she quickly realised strip club employees are just hard-working women.

“I definitely look at strip clubs in a completely new way,” the actress told Entertainment Tonight. “I have so much appreciation for the women who do what they do. It truly is a workout and incredibly hard, especially in heels that are 12-inches long!”

But the 22-year-old admitted it took her a while to step out of her comfort zone on set because performing sexy dances in front of an unknown man was “obviously strange and something I had never done before.”

“What a lot of the girls and I realised (while filming was that) when these girls… are doing their dances, I feel like a lot of the time they have to put on a different persona in order to get through it. In order to preserve themselves in a personal way, so as to not give any of these men an in into who they really are,” she continued. “It’s more like an act or a performance. I think that is something that I had to keep in mind to get myself out of my comfort zone.”

Reinhart plays Annabelle in the movie, who is dragged into the scheme by her fellow strippers, and the actress confessed it was refreshing to play such a different character.

“It was quite a refreshing role to play because I usually don’t play girls who don’t have their head on completely straight,” she explained. “She’s certainly not stupid, but she’s naive and young and I think she really was looking at the older girls to guide her and take her under their wing.”

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Constance Wu blames media-baiting for Hustlers ‘diva’ claims

Constance Wu has denied she requested top billing for movie Hustlers and accused the media of pitting women against one another.Back in July, it was reported that the actress insisted on being listed as the first name in the posters and trailers for th…

Constance Wu has denied she requested top billing for movie Hustlers and accused the media of pitting women against one another.

Back in July, it was reported that the actress insisted on being listed as the first name in the posters and trailers for the upcoming flick, which centres on a group of strippers who join forces to rob their rich broker clients.

But Wu, who appears alongside Jennifer Lopez, Lili Reinhart, Keke Palmer, Cardi B and Lizzo in the movie, told The Guardian the reports were entirely false.

“I wasn’t demanding anything,” she sighed. “The reason that happened was because people on the team were calling journalists because they were not putting me in (their stories about the film). It wasn’t anything I asked them to do.”

The Crazy Rich Asians star went on to suggest she expected backlash surrounding the movie because people are intimidated by strong women.

“People stereotyping us separates us, and when we are not unified it helps the patriarchy stay in power, right?” the 37-year-old star explained. “If you’re at a board meeting and there’s only one seat for a woman and all the other seats are for men, it’s not about being a woman – if you think there’s only one seat, it’s going to be competitive.”

However, she insisted there was no in-fighting on set because the movie is all about women empowering women, adding: “Nobody was fighting about the one seat at the table. It was our table.

“The men in the movie barely have names. It wasn’t written to be their story and that happens to women all the time, where there are no female characters of substance,” Wu reflected. “I really think that is why patriarchy tries to separate us because they know that when we’re together there is nothing more strong and beautiful.”

Hustlers is set to hit cinemas later this week.

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Jennifer Lopez befriended erotic dancers to research Hustlers role

Jennifer Lopez got to know a few erotic dancers as she was preparing to play a stripper in new movie Hustlers. The singer/actress visited strip clubs and spent time with the performers backstage in between their acts. “I listened to what it was like t…

Jennifer Lopez got to know a few erotic dancers as she was preparing to play a stripper in new movie Hustlers.

The singer/actress visited strip clubs and spent time with the performers backstage in between their acts.

“I listened to what it was like to have a career as a dancer,” she told WENN. “I soaked up the atmosphere and wanted to learn how to do things authentically, including pole dancing.”

J.Lo then trained for almost six months in preparation for the film, erecting a portable stripper pole in every city she visited.

However, she admitted learning to pole dance was really tough: “I was using a group of muscles I hadn’t ever tested before, so I walked away with fresh bruises after every session. My shoulders and back are still recovering!”

And she came away with a new respect for strippers.

“Most of these women are just trying to get by. Their struggles are 100 per cent relatable. They want to take care of themselves and their families,” the 50-year-old commented. “I think everyone deserves respect, consideration, and the ability not to be judged based on choices they’ve made, even bad choices. The truth is we’re all hustling, negotiating, striving to get through the day to win the battles we must fight. Women are constantly sexualised, but when they find a way to profit from that, all of a sudden, it’s a problem.

“In movies, strippers are painted as throwaways or just background characters. Hustlers digs into the stories of these women’s lives and shows the good, the bad, and the ugly. I think people are going to appreciate the realness of this movie and its characters.”

Hustlers, based on Jessica Pressler’s 2015 New York Magazine article titled The Hustlers at Scores, also stars Constance Wu, Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhart, Cardi B, and Lizzo. The film is set to hit cinemas from 13 September.

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Jennifer Lopez challenged by pole dancing lessons for Hustlers

Jennifer Lopez found learning to pole dance for her new film Hustlers “challenging”.The superstar, who started out her career as a dancer, plays stripper Ramona in the upcoming movie, which follows of a group of exotic dancers living in New York City i…

Jennifer Lopez found learning to pole dance for her new film Hustlers “challenging”.

The superstar, who started out her career as a dancer, plays stripper Ramona in the upcoming movie, which follows of a group of exotic dancers living in New York City in the late 2000s who get their revenge on wealthy, drunk, and abusive clients by maxing out their credit cards after they’ve passed out.

Regarding her preparation for the role, Lopez has now shared in an interview with Entertainment Weekly that she worked with a pole choreographer for several months – but still found mastering the art form to be difficult.

“I have danced all my life and I work out every single day, and I can say without hesitation that learning to pole dance was one of the most challenging things I’ve ever done,” she told the publication. “I was using a completely new group of muscles – it was tough. My shoulder and back are still recovering.”

However, it was all worth it – as far as Lopez is concerned – because she was able to show exotic dancers in a different light.

“Women are constantly sexualised, but when they find a way to profit from it, suddenly it’s a problem,” the 50-year-old added. “Strippers are painted as throwaways or background characters. Hustlers digs into stories of their lives; the good, the bad, and the ugly.”

Hustlers, based on Jessica Pressler’s 2015 New York Magazine article titled The Hustlers at Scores, also stars Constance Wu, Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhart, Cardi B, and Lizzo. The film is set to hit cinemas from 13 September.

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Constance Wu to star in Goodbye, Vitamin film adaptation

Constance Wu is to headline a film adaptation of 2017 novel Goodbye, Vitamin.The Crazy Rich Asians actress will take on the lead role of Ruth Young in Universal Pictures’ big screen version of writer Rachel Khong’s debut novel, and will also serve as a…

Constance Wu is to headline a film adaptation of 2017 novel Goodbye, Vitamin.

The Crazy Rich Asians actress will take on the lead role of Ruth Young in Universal Pictures’ big screen version of writer Rachel Khong’s debut novel, and will also serve as a producer, according to editors at Variety.

Goodbye, Vitamin follows 30-year-old Ruth as she navigates leaving her fiance, quitting her job and heading back to her parents’ home only to find her history professor father is losing his memory.

“Told in captivating glimpses and drawn from a deep well of insight, humour, and unexpected tenderness, Goodbye, Vitamin pilots through the loss, love, and absurdity of finding one’s footing in this life,” a synopsis reads.

The book has received wide acclaim, including Best Book of the Year honours from O, The Oprah Magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Vogue, while it also won the 2017 California Book Award for First Fiction.

Jennifer Yee McDevitt is to write the screenplay, while Dylan Clark of Dylan Clark Productions is to produce.

In addition to appearing in hit 2018 romcom Crazy Rich Asians, Constance has been praised for her performance as Jessica Huang in TV series Fresh Off the Boat and is also currently working on upcoming STX Entertainment crime-comedy film Hustlers, opposite Jennifer Lopez, Cardi B, and Julia Stiles.

However, the 37-year-old hit headlines in May when she reacted angrily to the news that Fresh Off the Boat had been picked up for a sixth season in a string of Twitter messages, before later explaining that the renewal meant she had to turn down another project about which she was very passionate.

Following her tweets, it was rumoured that she might be recast in the show. However, ABC bosses later insisted they couldn’t think of anyone else to play the role.

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