Constance Wu Opens Up About “Sexual Harassment and Intimidation” She Endured on ‘Recent Off the Boat’ Set
Context is vital to understanding, nicely, actually something ever, and Constance Wu simply supplied some pivotal context to understanding her controversial 2019 tweets about her sitcom, Recent Off the Boat. In a recent conversation with The Atlantic to advertise her new e-book, Making a Scene, the actress opened up in regards to the poisonous atmosphere she confronted behind-the-scenes on the collection.
As a refresher, on the time, Fresh Off the Boat had simply been renewed for a sixth season—one thing Constance made it clear on Twitter that she was not completely satisfied about. The backlash to her feedback in regards to the groundbreaking collection led to the actress taking a three-year break from social media and, as she later revealed, a suicide attempt.
“I made some very profane, reckless tweets that form of ignited this entire pile-on of hatred in direction of me as a result of I simply had a success film, Loopy Wealthy Asians, so it seemed actually dangerous from the skin. Like, ‘Oh, she thinks she’s this massive film star,'” she defined (per People). “When actually, I wished to have a recent slate the place I did not have to begin a present with all these recollections of abuse.”
Through the dialog, Constance defined that, through the early seasons of Recent Off the Boat, she handled “sexual harassment and intimidation” from one of many present’s producers. Though she ultimately felt she had sufficient energy (and job safety) to inform the unidentified producer “no,” she says she did not wish to speak publicly in regards to the scenario and threat harming the present’s popularity.
“My writer actually inspired me to put in writing [about] it … I used to be like, ‘No I am finished with that chapter in my life.’ After which I finally realized it was vital to speak about as a result of I did have a reasonably traumatic expertise my first couple years on that present, and no person knew about it as a result of that present was historic for Asian People,” she defined. “It was the one present on community tv in over 20 years to star Asian People, and I didn’t wish to sully the popularity of the one present we had representing us. I stored my mouth shut for a very very long time about lots of sexual harassment and intimidation that I acquired the primary two seasons of the present.”
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Constance went on to elucidate that, whereas she felt on the time like she had dealt with the scenario by standing as much as the producer, she realizes now that she hadn’t actually labored by the trauma.
“The factor is dangerous emotions do not go away simply because you’ll them to. They’re inevitably going to return out someplace,” she mentioned, later including, “These tweets that got here out have been the feelings I suppressed that I believed I may will away, popping out in one other method.”