A rep for the Fresh Off The Boat star made a statement (below) to Us Weekly about the rumor, which claimed members of her team contacted outlets to ensure Wu was listed first:
“Constance had no knowledge or awareness of acts on her behalf of Hustlers to have reporting mirror that of the film’s castings or contractual billings. Representatives associated with her and the film did engage media outlets to correct misrepresentations of the film’s characters and castings in the spirit of calibrating credits to accurately reflect the guidelines set forth in standard legal contracts.”
The rep continued (below):
“While Constance’s character in Hustlers is the key protagonist, any reporting that implies or indicates that she demanded or directed this recently reported initiative is patently untrue and a clear manipulation of facts. She has always been and remains a proud supporter of all her fellow castmates inclusion in the celebration of this film and telling of this story.”
The 37-year-old actress also chimed in (below) to the outlet:
“We made this film with an incredible spirit of sisterhood and love. Any reports otherwise have felt like an age-old attempt to pit us against each other and knock us down when, in truth, we had the best time making this! We won’t be knocked down. We will continue to share and celebrate this story together, as sisters. Thank you to all the fans for believing in us and supporting this film.”
Despite the denial, we weren’t totally surprised at the rumor considering the drama surrounding the renewal of FOTB in May. In case you missed it, the star made it quite clear she was disappointed in the news following a series of bizarre social media messages.
For example, following a few vague subtweets, a fan attempted to cheer the Jessica Huang portrayer up by writing:
“Congrats on you renewal! Great news :)”
To which Wu replied:
“No it’s not”
Most stars would normally be super excited their show is renewed, but if they’re not, maybe keep quiet about it and stay off social media??
She attempted to explain why she appeared to have a negative outlook on the renewal, writing on Twitter:
“I love FOTB. I was temporarily upset yesterday not bc I hate the show but bc 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.”
What do U think, Perezcious readers? Is there actually more to the story here or do you think this is a classic case of prima donna behavior? Either way, sound OFF (below) in the comments with your thoughts!!
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