“Crazy Rich Asians” lead actress Constance Wu posted a touching message on Twitter, revealing her Hollywood story while highlighting the importance of the upcoming film to others and herself.
Her detailed post, which comes two weeks before the film hits theaters on August 15, reveals how she got from waiting tables to starring in the groundbreaking television series “Fresh Off the Boat” and eventually landing one of the leading roles in “Crazy Rich Asians.”
Both productions are highly touted for their significant contribution to Asian American representation in the United States entertainment industry.
“Fresh Off the Boat” is the first network TV show since 1994’s Margaret Cho-led “All-American Girl” to feature Asian Americans.
Meanwhile, “Crazy Rich Asians” is the first Hollywood film since 1993’s “The Joy Luck Club” to feature an all-Asian cast.
“Before CRA, I hadn’t even done a tiny part in a studio film,” Wu wrote. “I never dreamed I would get to star in one because I had never seen that happen to someone who looked like me. CRA is changing that just like FOTB did.”
Quoting “Crazy Rich Asians” director Jon M. Chu, Wu reflected on how their film is “more than a movie — it’s a movement.”
Wu then went on to express appreciation for the opportunities to play the roles she has received in the past five years while looking back on how inclusion and representation have slowly improved since then.
She also thanked the Asian American community for their continued support for her and her colleagues’ work.
“I work in an industry that really has no regard for my voice and the voice of people like me and so, what do I do? Keep knocking on that door or build your own house,” she wrote, quoting African-American filmmaker Ava DuVernay.
“I hope Asian American kids watch CRA and realize that they can be heroes of their own stories. So for those who don’t feel seen, I hope there is a story you find soon that does represent you,” said Wu.