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    “I Kept My Mouth Shut”: Constance Wu Opens Up About Being Sexually Harassed On ‘Fresh Off The Boat’

    Constance Wu is currently one of the most popular Asian-American actresses in Hollywood. She has been listed in Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world list. Wu’s popularity increased after she starred in the romantic comedy ‘Crazy Rich Asians.’

    One of her early works was the sitcom ‘Fresh Off the Boat’ which turned out to be her breakthrough role. The 40-year-old actress has now opened up about a horrible experience from the show. She was sexually harassed by an unnamed producer during her time working on the ABC show.

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    Constance Wu Was Sexually Harrassed By ‘Fresh Off The Boat’ Producer

    Constance Wu
    Constance Wu

    Wu played the role of Jessica Huang in ABC’s sitcom ‘Fresh Off the Boat‘ which ran between 2015 to 2020. It earned her four nominations for the Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series.

    According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actress talked about being sexually harassed on the show during a stage appearance at the Atlantic Festival in Washington, D.C.

    I kept my mouth shut for a really long time about a lot of sexual harassment and intimidation that I received the first two seasons of the show,” Wu said.

    She continued, “Because, after the first two seasons, once it was a success, once I was no longer scared of losing my job, that’s when I was able to start saying ‘no’ to the harassment, ‘no’ to the intimidation, from this particular producer. And, so I thought: ‘You know what? I handled it. Nobody has to know. I don’t have to stain this Asian American producer’s reputation. I don’t have to stain the reputation of the show.’”

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    Wu Called The Experience “Traumatic”

    Constance Wu
    Constance Wu

    The ‘Crazy Rich Asiansactress addressed the importance to talk about such experiences. “That show was historic for Asian Americans. It was the only show on network television in over 20 years to star Asian Americans and I did not want to sully the reputation of the one show we had representing us,” she said.

    Though the actress didn’t name the producer, we can hope that more people will come out after seeing her speak. Wu also talked about her thoughts on the show’s renewal.

    She continued, “I wanted to have a fresh slate where I didn’t have to start a show with all these memories of abuse. A few people knew [the harrasment] was happening, and to go to work every day and see those people who knew that he was sexually harassing me being ‘buddy-buddy’ with him felt like a betrayal every time.”

    I loved everybody on that crew, and I loved working on that show, but it had that history of abuse, that it started with, and even though I handled it after two years, I was looking forward to a clean slate.”

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