Constance Tianming Wu is a Taiwanese-American actor and advocate known for her role as Jessica Huang in the ABC comedy series, Fresh Off The Boat.
Born March 22nd, 1982, in Richmond, Virginia, Constance Wu is one of four girls. Wu's parents migrated from Taiwan.. Her mother was a computer programmer and her father was a biology and genetics professor at Virginia Commonwealth University. Wu grew up performing in the local community theatre scene. At the age of 16, Constance moved to New York to study at the famed Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute where she became classically trained in theatre. In 2005, Constance graduated from the State University of New York with a Bachelor's of Fine Arts degree in acting.
After college, she did minor theater roles and made her screen debut in 2006. She soon appeared in several Sundance Feature Films including Stephanie Daley (2006), and Year of the Fish (2007). In 2010, she relocated to Los Angeles where her theatre and film background earned her a role in another Sundance Feature, The Sound of My Voice (2011).
In 2014, she was cast as Jessica Huang in the ABC comedy series, Fresh Off the Boat, which premiered in 2015. The series is based on Eddie Huang's memoir and is set in the 1990s. The plot revolves around a Taiwanese family that moves to suburban Orlando.
Constance Wu uses her platform to raise awareness about a number of issues and continues to bolster her commitment to advocacy. She is vocal about issues including reproductive health, immigrant and refugee rights, and increasing diversity in the media. In a February 2017 interview with Teen Vogue, Wu revealed her work with "Miry’s List, an organization that provides essentials to newly arrived immigrant and refugee families in Southern California." The organization is instrumental in helping immigrant and refugee families settle into their new lives in the United States. Wu fights against the taboo in Hollywood that causes many actors to remain silent on issues of injustice.