Crazy Rich Asians star Constance Wu has explained her negative reaction after her popular series Fresh Off The Boat was renewed for a sixth season. Wu tweeted that she was “so upset right now that I’m literally crying” at the news, adding “fucking hell”. 

Since actors are usually thrilled when their show is not cancelled, people were pretty confused by Wu’s feelings. When it all became a bit of a mess, the actor worked quickly to “unmuddle” the whole sticheroo and explained she had been experiencing a rough day and ‘fucks’ are just a part of the everyday vocabulary of one Constance Wu.

Now, in a proper statement, Wu explained why she was “temporarily upset” by the renewal.

“Its renewal meant I had to give up another project that I was really passionate about. So my dismayed social media replies were more about that other project and not about FOTB.”

I understand how that could feel interconnected and could get muddled. So here is me unmuddling it with my truth: FOTB is a great show that I’m proud of and that I enjoy. I’ve gotten to fully explore my character and I know her like the back of my hand. So playing Jessica is fun and easy and pleasant. I get to work with a kind and pleasant cast/crew. Which makes it all quite enjoyable – So obviously I don’t dislike doing a show that is fun and easy and pleasant. But in general, I’ve always sought artistic challenge over comfort and ease. I was disappointed in not being able to do that other project – Because that other project would have challenged me as an artist – that other project would have been really hard and not easy or pleasant at all. Sometimes even my closest friends are baffled at how I could value artistic challenge/difficulties over success/happiness. But I do. I know it’s weird. 

Wu acknowledged her tweets were “insensitive to those who are struggling”, especially since she once struggled in the industry too.

“I do regret that and it wasn’t nice and I am sorry for that. I know it’s a huge privilege that I even HAVE options – options that FOTB has afforded me.”

She goes on to thank and appreciate those who have read her words and believed her.

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