Usually when actors receive news that their TV series is picked up for another season they take to Twitter to share a tweet of celebration.
That was decidedly not the case with Constance Wu, who took a different path by sharing her disappointment in a profanity-laced tweet reacting to the news that sitcom “Fresh Off the Boat” had been renewed by writing that she was “so upset right now that I’m literally crying. Ugh. F**k,” following that up with another reading simply, “F**king hell.”
She later revealed that she had expected the show to be cancelled, and was forced to pass on a project about which she was incredibly passionate.
In an interview with Variety‘s Marc Malkin for his “The Big Ticket” podcast, her co-star Randall Park says he has no hard feelings about Wu’s reaction, as he and the rest of the cast likewise expected the show wouldn’t be renewed.
“I was prepared for it to not get picked up, and I was excited by these others things I could do, but if it did get picked up it’s like, that’s all I ever wanted,” says Park. “All I ever wanted was a job and a regular job to work with great people.”
During his interview, Park also discusses one of his early gigs — a Chinese-language commercial for liver pills. “It was on the Asian channel in L.A.,” he tells Malkin. “It was channel 18 and it was in Chinese, and I didn’t understand a word of it. I to this day, I don’t even know what I was selling exactly, and I’m not Chinese, but I played the father of a kid, and I come home from work, and the kid has a lot of energy, and I’m just super tired. Then I take these Chinese liver pills and then cut to me being wide awake, happy, playing with my kid all with a Mandarin voiceover. And I still don’t understand what they were saying…But I did get a lot of calls from my friends’ parents saying, ‘I saw you, you’re a huge star.’ And I was like, yeah, I got paid $200.’”
Park can currently be seen starring alongside comedian Ali Wong in the Netflix comedy “Always Be My Maybe”, which features Keanu Reeves in a hilarious cameo playing a ridiculously amped-up version of himself. As Park tells Malkin, not only was he shocked the “John Wick” star agreed to do it, he was amazed at how good he was at playing himself as a complete jerk.
“For him to have that awareness and sense of humour and that understanding of what we were going for, we still can’t believe he said yes,” he marvels.
You can listen to the entire interview below: