How Constance Wu Defied The Odds To Become Hollywood's Next Big Thing

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Constance Wu had to struggle to be seen. Now, she's making her time in the spotlight count.

Constance Wu is killing it in Hollywood. Here's everything you wanted to know about the star — from Constance Wu husband to pets to her past films.

1. Constance Wu was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia.

 
 
 
 
 
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I used to be sweet. What happened? #tbt

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Her parents are both Taiwanese immigrants. Her mother is a computer programmer, and her father is a college professor.

2. Constance Wu age: How old is the Crazy Rich Asians star?

She was born on 2 March 1982, which makes her 36 years old as of this writing.

3. She grew up performing in the local community theatre scene.

 
 
 
 
 
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My 5th grade graduation. I had no idea what would happen. All I knew was that I liked singing and drawing and playing make believe. Still do.

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"The theatre became my second home, so much so that I made the some might say irresponsible decision to go to drama school and study acting at a conservatory," she tells the Los Angeles Times.

4. Constance Wu height: Here's how tall Hollywood's newest It Girl is.

Constance is 1.63 metres tall, or 5'4".

 
 
 
 
 
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5. When she was 16, she moved to New York to study at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute.

Constance tried to make it as a theatre actress in New York, but ended up spending most of her time as a waitress — though she did appear in a few indie movies.

 
 
 
 
 
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Bye #Iceland it's been real... miss u already #ringroad #ilovecamping

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6. She struggled so much to find acting gigs that she quit for a time.

"At one point I quit acting for a little bit to study psycholinguistics — somewhat a more practical career," she tells Vulture. "It just didn’t feel right."

Then, her boyfriend at the time broke up with her, and she decided to take a leap of faith.

7. She moved to Los Angeles in 2010

There, she continued to struggle for years. But her luck finally turned in 2014, when she landed the role of Jessica Huang in Fresh Off the Boat.

"It was the first network show in over 20 years to centre on an Asian American family’s experience," she says. "There was a lot of talk and noise and buzz around it, but at the end of the day the thing that I loved about it is that it’s something that kids can watch with their families and feel like their stories matter."

7. Constance never dreamed of landing a lead role in a movie.

"I never thought I’d be considered for something like [Crazy Rich Asians] because I’d never seen any Asian American be a lead," she tells LA Times.

8. She has a pet bunny named Lida Rose

“She’s named after a barbershop quartet song,” she tells Bust. “When I see a bunny, my heart melts. Lida Rose is really affectionate, litter trained, and she minds her own business.”

Constance brings Lida Rose on the set of Fresh Off the Boat to hang out at her trailer.

 
 
 
 
 
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Just a little?cuddle before I hit the @crazyrichasians premiere after party last night x

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9. Constance Wu husband: Who is Constance married to?

Constance isn't actually married, and prefers to keep her private life private. For a time, she was linked to independent filmmaker Ben Hethcoat, but according to Hollywood gossip, the two have parted ways.

But though she has kept tight-lipped about her love life, she mentioned having a boyfriend in an interview with Bust, published in their August/September print edition.

“When some guys come over, they try to act like they love my bunny, but it’s fake," she says. "With my boyfriend, he was just himself when he first met my bunny, which was a while ago. He’s not really an animal person, but he’s a great person person.”

10. She keeps making history.

Constance Wu  just earned a Golden Globes nomination for her performance in Crazy Rich Asians, making her the first Asian woman to be nominated for the award in decades. (The last woman of Asian descent to be nominated for a Golden Globe was Yvonne Elliman for her role in Jesus Christ Superstar in 1974.)

 

Read more: Before Her Big Break, 'Crazy Rich Asians' Star Constance Wu Was In Debt & Worked Three Jobs