Constance Wu got emotional during an interview with Seth Meyers Monday when she opened up about the abuse she suffered on the Fresh Off the Boat set.
Wu, who appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers to promote her new book of essays Making a Scene, revealed that her controversial 2019 tweets following the show's renewal came because she had been sexually harassed by a senior producer.
"To be honest, I didn't want to write about that," Wu admitted to Meyers. "That was the last essay I wrote for the book, and only after being, like, pushed by my editor, like, 'You should write about this. This is what people want to hear.' And I was like, 'I'm done with that chapter in my life.'"
Wu then detailed the "sexual harassment, the inappropriate touching, the telling me to wear short skirts, and intimidation" that occurred during the first two years of making Fresh Off the Boat, when she still had very little power and feared losing her job if she spoke up. Wu believed she had handled the situation after she stood up for herself and the behavior stopped, but felt she was never really able to be herself on set because she'd "see her abuser being buddy-buddy with everybody else".
"The thing I learned is that bad feelings and abuse don't just go away because you will it to. It's gonna come out somewhere," she continued. She thanked Meyers for not making fun of the tweets, and confessed that the public response led her to an incredibly dark time.
"I think it's important that we engage in curiosity and empathy before we go straight to judgment," Wu said tearfully. "Because if somebody does something out of character for them, it usually means something's going on in their life."
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