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 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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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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Julia Stiles offered to make coffee on set to bag a role in Jennifer Lopez movie Hustlers

Julia Stiles was so desperate to join the cast of Hustlers she joked to the director she would even sign up to make coffee for the crew.The Save the Last Dance actress spoke with Entertainment Tonight on the red carpet at the 10th Annual DVF Awards in …

Julia Stiles was so desperate to join the cast of Hustlers she joked to the director she would even sign up to make coffee for the crew.

The Save the Last Dance actress spoke with Entertainment Tonight on the red carpet at the 10th Annual DVF Awards in New York City on Thursday (11Apr19), and revealed she was “dying” to be a part of the movie, which stars Jennifer Lopez, Constance Wu and Cardi B as a crew of savvy former strip club employees who band together to turn the tables on their Wall Street clients.

“Sign me up!” Stiles, who plays journalist Jessica Pressler in the movie shared, as she discussed being approached to join the cast. “Yes, I was dying to be a part of this movie. I told Lorene Scafaria, the director, when we met, ‘I will do anything. I will do craft service, I will make coffee for the crew, I don’t care. I just want to be a part of it, because it’s such an interesting story.'”

Hustlers is inspired by a viral New York Magazine article about the former strip club employees, which Stiles had read and become obsessed with before it began to be developed for the big screen.

“I play Jessica Pressler, who is the journalist who covered the story, and so I interview all of the dancers,” she said, adding that her character, who is living “a straight and narrow life” starts out being somewhat judgemental about the exotic dancers. “She then comes around to really sympathising and understanding the position that they were in that made them resort to this, and also kind of appreciating – it’s a dangerous thing to say – that these women were entrepreneurs.”

The 38-year-old actress has already logged a few days of filming with Wu and Lopez , and she was full of praise for the Jenny from the Block singer.

“(J.Lo) is phenomenal in this movie,” she gushed. “If you’ve seen at all on Instagram, her body looks amazing. There’s the pole dancing, the hair, the nails, the make-up, but working opposite of her in a scene, it took everything in me to keep my jaw closed, because she’s not J.Lo. It’s a different person and it’s so not a performance.”

“I couldn’t tell where it began and where it ended,” she added. “It’s really going to be exciting to see her in this movie.”

Hustlers is expected to hit theatres in 2020.

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Bebe Rexha auditioned for Jennifer Lopez’s Hustlers movie

Singer Bebe Rexha unsuccessfully auditioned for a part in Jennifer Lopez’s new movie Hustlers. The Meant to Be star revealed in a radio interview with Apple Music’s Beats 1 on Wednesday (27Mar19) that she was approached to make her feature film debut …

Singer Bebe Rexha unsuccessfully auditioned for a part in Jennifer Lopez’s new movie Hustlers.

The Meant to Be star revealed in a radio interview with Apple Music’s Beats 1 on Wednesday (27Mar19) that she was approached to make her feature film debut in the crime flick and she put the work in to prepare for her audition but ultimately didn’t get the part.

“They hit me up and I was like, ‘Okay, yeah, sure,'” she said. “So I got an acting coach. She’s awesome and she was teaching me how to act and stuff. It was really hard though because you have to be serious.”

It was announced earlier in March that the Jenny from the Block star would be joined by rapper Cardi B, making her movie debut, Crazy Rich Asians star Constance Wu, Riverdale’s Lili Reinhart, Julia Stiles, and Keke Palmer in Hustlers, which tells the story of a group of former erotic dancers who turn the tables on their rich Wall Street clients.

In the interview, Bebe said she was “supposed to be the Russian girl from New York” but it went to a blonde actress, presumably meaning Lili.

“I auditioned for a movie recently, but I didn’t get it. It went to Cardi, but that’s fine – it didn’t go to Cardi, no, she didn’t have that spot, it was a different girl, the blonde girl,” she added.

Although she missed out on the part, the 29-year-old, who has a voice role in upcoming animated musical comedy UglyDolls, insisted that it was all for the best because her mother didn’t approve of her stripper character.

“My mom was not happy about it, though. She was like, ‘You can’t play a stripper! No!'” noted Bebe, who recently fell out with her father Flamur over the sexy content of her music video to her song Last Hurrah.

Hustlers began filming in New York last week (ends24Mar19) ahead of a 2020 cinema release.

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