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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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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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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Bridesmaids’ Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo reuniting for new comedy

Bridesmaids co-writers Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo are reuniting for a new comedy.The duo, who were nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the 2011 film, have signed on to star and co-write Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar. …

Bridesmaids co-writers Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo are reuniting for a new comedy.

The duo, who were nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the 2011 film, have signed on to star and co-write Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar.

To be directed by Josh Greenbaum, the movie will tell the story of Barb, to be played by Wiig, and her best friend Star, as portrayed by Mumolo, who leave their small town for the first time to go on holiday in Vista Del Mar in Florida, where they quickly find themselves embroiled in an adventure.

“I’m so excited to be a part of this movie which showcases Kristen and Annie’s original, fresh and undeniably hilarious voice in spades,” said Greenbaum, known for directing episodes of New Girl and Fresh Off the Boat, in a statement. “I’m also always looking for projects with titles that rhyme, so it really all worked out on this one.”

In addition, Wiig and Mumolo will serve as producers, working alongside Jessica Elbaum, Will Ferrell and Adam McKay of Gloria Sanchez Productions, a female-focused production company.

Lionsgate Motion Picture Group executive vice president of production and development Jim Miller and vice president of production and development Meredith Wieck will oversee Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar for Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, with studio president Nathan Kahane thrilled by the premise of the upcoming flick.

“It is such an honour that Kristen and Annie have entrusted us with their follow-up to Bridesmaids. Their projects offer a rare combination of big laughs, big heart and female empowerment that everyone will love – men and women, young and old,” he commented. “Barb and Star are true cultural icons in the making, and as they embark on this hilarious adventure, we are more than thrilled to partner with Kristen, Annie and Gloria Sanchez on what we know is going to be a great ride.”

Wiig will next be seen onscreen in Where’d You Go, Bernadette and as Barbara Minerva / Cheetah in Wonder Woman 1984, while Mumolo penned the story for 2015 Jennifer Lawrence feature Joy and most recently acted in TV movie Amy’s Brother.

Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar is set to hit cinemas sometime in 2020.

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Constance Wu joining Jennifer Lopez in drama Hustlers

Constance Wu is officially joining Jennifer Lopez in upcoming movie Hustlers.Following the success of her TV show Fresh Off the Boat and role as Rachel Chu in hit romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians, Wu has signed on to star in Lopez’s next project, a re…

Constance Wu is officially joining Jennifer Lopez in upcoming movie Hustlers.

Following the success of her TV show Fresh Off the Boat and role as Rachel Chu in hit romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians, Wu has signed on to star in Lopez’s next project, a real-life revenge drama.

The film will be based on Jessica Pressler’s 2015 New York Magazine article titled The Hustlers at Scores, which centres on 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 the film, STXInternational’s President of International Sales John Friedberg, commented that he was looking forward to seeing the two star’s performances.

“Jennifer and her team made Second Act an unforgettable experience for STX, so we’re thrilled to be collaborating again,” he said in a statement, according to Deadline. “Jennifer and Constance’s global star power, combined with an extraordinary true story, make this an undeniably hot package for our international partners.”

Studio bosses at STXInternational have added Hustlers to their European Film Market sales slate, with the film set to begin shooting in March (19). No other casting details have yet been announced. Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist screenwriter Lorene Scafaria has adapted the news piece for the movie, which she will also direct.

“The film is an empathetic look at women and men, our gender roles, what we’re valued for, what we’ve been told is our value in every movie, TV show, every corner of culture,” Scafaria previously explained. “Men have been told they’re worth the size of their bank accounts. Women have been told they’re worth the symmetry of their faces, their bodies, their beauty and that’s what this film is based on. The rules of the club are the rules of the world.”

Lopez and her business partner, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, will also serve as co-executive producers for the movie. The 49-year-old is currently promoting romcom Second Act and is next set to appear in TV movie Bye Bye Birdie Live!

Meanwhile, Wu is voicing a character in animated flick Wish Dragon and will soon begin work on the follow-up to Crazy Rich Asians, set to be based on Kevin Kwan’s book China Rich Girlfriend.

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Constance Wu almost lost Crazy Rich Asians role due to scheduling conflict

Constance Wu initially turned down her role in hit film Crazy Rich Asians due to a scheduling conflict. The actress also stars in U.S. TV series Fresh Off the Boat and she explains she was eager to appear in the movie, but after she met with director …

Constance Wu initially turned down her role in hit film Crazy Rich Asians due to a scheduling conflict.

The actress also stars in U.S. TV series Fresh Off the Boat and she explains she was eager to appear in the movie, but after she met with director John M. Chu she learned her production schedule would be an issue.

“I actually let the part go, because I met with Jon and I was like, ‘I really want to do this, but I can’t, because I’m under contract with my show and we shoot in the fall’,” she said during a panel discussion at the Vulture Festival over the weekend (17-18Nov18). “I was like, ‘Cool, another actress will get that and I will be 100 per cent behind her, because I want there to be more Asian actors out there’. So I kind of let it go.”

However, after an encounter on a plane ride, Constance knew she had to do anything she could to book the role.

“(I) was sitting next to somebody (who made me think), ‘Wow, life is too precious right?’ So I wrote this email on the plane to (Chu),” she continued. “(I was like), ‘Listen, I know the schedules don’t work out, whoever you end up putting in the movie… I want to support you, but I would be remiss if I didn’t tell you what this means to me and why’.”

Wu was able to convince Chu to give her an audition for the role of Rachel Chu and although she was adamant she wanted the part, she was intimidated by taking on the lead and what it meant for Asian actors.

“Oh my God, I was threatened,” she said. “Asian-Americans don’t often get the opportunity to audition for a lead role, so that in itself is a setback because white actors have the opportunity to practice auditioning in charged situations. If they don’t get that part, they’ll probably audition next week. So it’s not as precious as somebody who gets to audition maybe once a year, maybe once in their lifetime.”

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