"I'd never seen it happen to an Asian American woman before"
Constance Wu has reacted to her Golden Globe nomination for Crazy Rich Asians.
When Golden Globe nominations were revealed on Thursday morning, Wu had actually set her phone on ‘Do Not Disturb Mode’, ahead of a day’s filming for Fresh Off The Boat. When she awoke, she was shocked to find a number of missed calls and text messages.
For Wu, the nomination was such a surprise because it was a first for an Asian American.
“I didn’t [think this would happen] because I’d never seen it happen to an Asian American woman before,” Wu said. “I saw it happen to Zhang Ziyi [in 2005 for Memoirs of a Geisha], but she’s not American, you know? It wasn’t modern. I didn’t see it happen, so I didn’t think so,”
Although Wu had heard whispers of a potential nomination, she did not take them too seriously.
“Yeah, there was a lot of talk… but when I [started] Fresh Off the Boat five seasons ago, there was a lot of talk too and a lot of anticipation,” she said. “I think because it was all so new to me back then, I sort of bought into it a little too much.”
“I learned from that experience that yeah, recognition is great but the thing that matters the most is doing work that you’re proud of and you’re proud of the way you do it. So, I didn’t expect it to happen because what had happened with Fresh Off the Boat,” Wu added. “But I also try not to focus on it because of the things I learned going through that experience. That being said, it’s super f**king cool!”
Killing Eve star Sandra Oh and Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Andy Samberg will host the 2019 Golden Globes on 7 January 2019.
In other news, Wu recently shared her best career advice.