Constance Wu does not want to be known for her Twitter meltdown following the news that her successful ABC show was renewed, but she admits that her behavior was … notable.
As many will remember, the Fresh Off the Boat star caused a media tsunami when she tweeted "So upset right now that I'm literally crying. Ugh. F—k. F--king hell," upon learning of the show's renewal. While she attempted to clarify the comments, no one really bought it, and an avalanche of "she's a handful and a drama queen" stories descended.
Now, Wu is addressing what she dubs the "fiasco" in an interview with The Los Angeles Times.
Wu explains: "I had this moment of heat where I got upset because I had to give up a job I had been looking forward to and had been chasing for a while. It was moving to me how many people from the show reached out to me, and even on set...to say, ‘Just so you know, we love you and we know who you are, and you didn't deserve any of that stuff.' Because they also know that I'm an actress—I can be dramatic."
She continues: "I'm dramatic. I'm emotional. But they also know that that doesn't represent me because they have a hundred episodes of behavior that proves otherwise."
Wu also maintains that she learned important lessons from the dust-up. She says: "I'm not beating myself up for it, because I know me. But I don't think I realized that people were paying so much attention to my Twitter. I like that people are expressing their feelings about it, because it improved my awareness of what it means to be a...public figure. I've had a back and forth about it. It's the line between being a role model, but also authenticity."
Plus, no one's perfect (no matter what Instagram may tell you): "I think a lot of why people are lonely in this world is because they go through these Instagram feeds and everybody's life is perfect. Nobody trips up. And sometimes I think, might it be good to see our heroes mess up a little bit and not always be perfect?"
Wu can next be seen Hustlers, out September 13th. She co-stars with Jennifer Lopez and Keke Palmer.