“Crazy Rich Asians” is not just a movie to Constance Wu.
It is a statement, one that has the chance to prove that people will pay money to see actors and actresses of Asian descent on the big screen. Wu, 36, expressed the film’s significance in an extended tweet and in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
“We were gifted this position to make a decision no one else can make, which is turning down the big payday for rolling the dice [on the box office] — but being invited to the big party, which is people paying money to go see us,” Wu told THR.
“I hope Asian American kids watch ‘CRA’ and realize that they can be the heroes of their own stories. I know ‘CRA’ won’t represent every Asian American,” she continued. “So for those who don’t feel seen, I hope there is a story you find soon that does represent you. I am rooting for you. We’re not all the same, but we all have a story.”
In her social media statement, the “Fresh of the Boat” actress quoted “Crazy Rich Asians” director Jon M. Chu who said, “this is more than a movie, this is a movement.”
Reese Witherspoon was a big fan of Wu’s open letter.
“Crazy Rich Asians” stars Wu opposite Henry Golding and premieres Aug. 15.