Constance Wu (born March 22, 1982) is a Taiwanese American actress. Wu is known for her role as Jessica Huang in the ABC comedy series Fresh Off the Boat, for which she received critical acclaim and was nominated for the TCA and Critics' Choice Television awards.
Constance Tianming Wu was born and raised in a Taiwanese family in Richmond, Virginia, where she began performing in the theater. Her parents emigrated from Taipei City, the capital of Taiwan.
She moved to New York, where she began studying acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. She graduated from State University of New York at Purchase's Conservatory of Theatre Arts with a BFA in Acting in 2005. One of the directors she adores most is Ang Lee, a Taiwanese who has won the Academy Award for Best Director twice.
In New York, she had roles onstage and in independent movies. She made her screen debut with a supporting role in Stephanie Daley (2006). She also had later supporting roles in Year of the Fish and The Architect. On television, she appeared in episodes of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Torchwood, and Covert Affairs, and also had a recurring role as Laudine Lee on the ABC soap opera One Life to Live in 2007. Wu moved to Los Angeles in 2010, where she was cast in Sound of My Voice...
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