Asians and Asian-Americans are very different, and actress Constance Wu wishes that more people in the media, film and TV industries realized that.
In an interview with Allure Magazine this week, the star of ABC’s “Fresh Off the Boat” opened up about her experiences as an Asian-American actress. The only characters Wu said she was offered early in her career were supporting roles, like “the best friend or the assistant to the white person,” she told the magazine.
It wasn’t until she landed a leading role in “Fresh Off the Boat,” a sitcom that focuses on a Taiwanese-American family, that she realized as an Asian-American actress, she was “placated to the point of satisfaction” while being cast in strictly sidekick roles.
“Once I was in the lead role and other people started making such a big deal out of it, I realized I was previously blind to it,” Wu told the magazine.
Now that more people are discussing diversity and demanding more roles for Asian actors in Hollywood, Wu wants reporters to get one thing straight.
“I wish reporters were more in tune to the difference between the Asian experience and the Asian-American experience,” the actress said.
Read more at the Huffington Post.