Constance Wu talks about her experience on Fresh off the boat, alleging sexual harassment by a top producer on the 2015-20 ABC sitcom. According to the New York Times, the 40-year-old actress only refers to the employee by an initial in Make a scene.
According to The New York Times, Wu also claims that in the show’s first season in 2015, the guy exhibited controlling characteristics such as “demanding that she go through all her business concerns and tell her what to wear.” Wu also revealed that the producer touched her thigh and touched her crotch at a sporting event in 2015.
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Statement from Constance Wu on her sexual harassment
In an interview with The New York Times, Wu discusses an event depicted in his novel Make a scene, in which a producer identified only by a displayed initial “control behavior”.
“‘Fresh Off the Boat’ was my first TV show.” “I was thrown into this world” Wu told The New York Times. “I don’t have any relatives in the industry. And because I was 30, people thought I knew what I was doing. It made me paranoid and embarrassed.
I had a pretty traumatic experience my first two years on “Fresh Off the Boat”, @ConstanceWu said #TAF22. “This show was historic for Asian Americans…and I didn’t want to smear the reputation of the only show we had to represent us. So I kept my mouth shut. pic.twitter.com/fR4KJyYoKm
— The Atlantic (@TheAtlantic) September 23, 2022
“I kept my mouth shut for a very long time about a lot of sexual harassment and bullying that I experienced the first two seasons of the show,Wu said Friday at the Atlantic Festival in Washington, D.C.
“Because after the first two seasons, once it was successful, once I wasn’t afraid of losing my job, that’s when I was able to start saying ‘no’ to the harassment, ‘no’ to bullying, from there particular producer. And, then I thought, ‘You know what? I handled it. Nobody has to know. I don’t have to tarnish the reputation from this Asian American producer. I don’t have to tarnish the reputation of the show.”
Constance Wu described the event as “traumatic.” The actress, who recently co-starred in Amazon’s The list of terminals with Chris Prattaccepted the interview on the eve of the publication of his memoirs, Create a scene, on October 4 at Simon & Schuster. She said the editor encouraged her to write about her experiences on the sitcom, but she was hesitant because of how it would have been viewed.
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Wu claims that the producer frequently made lewd comments or jokes, which she rejected, and he frequently asked her for photos late at night.
“I ended up understanding that it was important to talk about it” Wu added. “This show was historic for Asian Americans. It was the only network television show in over 20 years to feature Asian Americans and I didn’t want to smear the reputation of the only show that we had to represent us.
During his presentation, Wu also addressed the issue surrounding his tweets lamenting the show’s renewal. “I wanted to have a new slate where I didn’t have to start a show with all these memories of abuse. A few people knew [the harrasment] was going on, and going to work every day and seeing these people who knew he was sexually harassing me being ‘friends’ with him was like a betrayal every time,” she continued. “I loved everyone on this team and I loved working on this show, but it had this history of abuse, which it started with, and even though I managed it after two years, I was waiting with look forward to a clean slate.”
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Constance Wu went on to say that her upcoming biography is “not always the most flattering portrait” of herself. However, she pointed out that it is “as honest as I know how to be.”
Wu also explains and apologizes for his reaction to the Fresh off the boat renewal for season 5, noting that her outburst was caused by her own on-set experience, not ingratitude. And she talks about killing herself as a result of the hostility she received over the tweets.
Create a scene will be available in stores on October 4.
Source: NY Times