Fans raised eyebrows when Gemma Chan ‘liked’ a blistering tweet calling her Crazy Rich Asians co-star Constance Wu ‘rude, petty, mean-spirited, and ungrateful.’
But the 36-year-old actress took to Twitter to defend herself Monday, dismissing the online slight as a simple mistake.
‘Just to clarify – it was an accidental “like”,’ the English beauty wrote, ‘Anyone looking for drama or beef, sorry to disappoint.’
No harm meant: Gemma Chan said she ‘accidentally’ liked a tweet calling her Crazy Rich Asians castmate Constance Wu ‘rude, petty, mean-spirited, and ungrateful’. Above April 17
Adding a GIF of a woman expertly evading a lattice of lasers, she continued: ‘Future me dodging the like button whilst scrolling…’
Gemma sparked controversy after liking Twitter personality/journalist Yashar Ali’s post saying Wu’s peers claim she ‘has a reputation for being rude, petty, mean-spirited, and ungrateful.’
His scathing tweet came after Wu publicly lamented her hit show Fresh Off The Boat getting renewed.
Following news of the renewal, the Hustlers actress tweeted: ‘F***ing hell,’ later adding ‘So upset right now that I’m literally crying. Ugh. F***.’
She also told a follower, in a tweet that she later removed, that she felt the renewal was not great news; and wrote the phrase ‘dislike’ under a post on the show’s official Instagram page announcing the renewal.
The latest: Constance Wu, 37, clarified her thoughts on Twitter Saturday after making waves a day before with a series of tweets conveying her frustration that Fresh Off the Boat was renewed for its sixth season. She was snapped in NYC earlier this year
Uh-oh: Gemma raised eyebrows when she liked Twitter personality/journalist Yashar Ali’s post saying Wu’s peers claim she ‘has a reputation for being rude, petty, mean-spirited, and ungrateful’
But Constance clarified her thoughts on Twitter Saturday.
Looking to clear things up, she posted a detailed note explaining that while she feels the ABC series is a ‘great show,’ she was ‘temporarily upset’ as its renewal meant she’d be missing out on another project she ‘was really passionate about.’
‘I love FOTB,’ Wu said. ‘I was temporarily upset yesterday not [because] I hate the show but [because] its renewal meant I had to give up another project that I was really passionate about. So my dismayed social media replies were more about that other project and not about FOTB.’
Wu said she understood ‘how that could feel interconnected and could get muddled,’ she is proud of, and enjoys being on the sitcom.
Explanation: On Saturday, Wu looked to clear things up in posting a detailed note to Twitter
‘I’ve gotten to fully explore my character and I know her like the back of my hand,’ said Wu, who plays Jessica Huang on the ABC comedy. ‘So playing Jessica is fun and easy and pleasant. I get to work with a kind and pleasant cast/crew. Which makes it all quite enjoyable – so obviously I don’t dislike doing a show that is fun and easy and pleasant.’
The Richmond, Virginia native stressed that the dismay she expressed over the renewal stemmed from the meaty role that was waiting for her in the other project.
‘I was disappointed in not being able to do that other project – because that other project would have challenged me as an artist – that other project would have been really hard and not easy or pleasant at all,’ Wu wrote. ‘Sometimes even my closest friends are baffled at how I could value artistic challenge/difficulties over success/happiness. But I do. I know it’s weird.’
Wu, who previously worked as a waitress for a decade prior to catching her big break with the series, conceded that the timing of the tweets were bad and that words she used came off as ‘insensitive’ to people who are struggling.
‘I do regret that and it wasn’t nice and I am sorry for that,’ wrote the actress. ‘I know it’s a huge privilege that I even HAVE options – options that FOTB has afforded me.
‘But if one does have privilege, they ought to use that privilege as best they can. For me – that means pushing myself artistically.’
Not so happy: Following the news, Wu put up a number of social media posts that seemed to indicate she was peeved with the development
She said people mistakenly assumed that the tweets meant that she doesn’t ‘love and enjoy’ being on the show.
Wu said that it’s OK for people, and her to balance ‘conflicting feelings in their hearts’ as it’s a part of ‘being human.
‘So I can both love the show/cast/crew but at the same time be disappointed that I lost that other unrelated job,’ she said. I appreciate those who have given me the space and faith to believe what I saw about both parts of my heart.’
She wrapped up in thanking the reader and adding that ‘it’s meaningful when you make the choice to believe women.’
Wait a second: Wu went back on the site to clarify that her earlier words were misunderstood, as she tends to use profanity in a casual matter, and not for added emphasis
The extensive note came after a series of tweets she sent Friday looking to clarify her words amid the controversy. Wu went back on the site to clarify that her earlier words were misunderstood, as she tends to use profanity in a casual matter, and not for added emphasis.
‘That was not a rampage, it was just how I normally talk,’ Wu wrote. ‘I say f*** a lot. I love the word.’
She indirectly referenced the TV show, writing, ‘Y’all are making a lot of assumptions about what I was saying. And no, it’s not what it’s about. No it’s not..what this is all about. Stop assuming.’
Glam: The surging actress appeared at the Met Gala this past Monday
Reaction: Ali was among those critical of Wu, referencing past TV stars noted for their career missteps while on hit shows, and sharing insight into her reputation from peers on-set
When one user asked her about her earlier tweets in relation to the series, Wu responded, ‘I said I was upset and crying. I did not say it was over a tv show. You’re making an assumption.’
She later wrote: ‘Todays tweets were on the heels of rough day&were ill timed w/the news of the show. Plz know, Im so grateful for FOTB renewal. I love the cast&crew. Im proud to be a part of it. For all the fans support, thank u & for all who support my casual use of the word f*** thank u too.’
The actress, who appeared at the Met Gala last week, has a number of high-profile projects in the offing, including the Crazy Rich Asians sequel and a comedy called Hustlers opposite Jennifer Lopez and Cardi B.
Wu has past referred in interviews to her tight schedule with the TV show; in November, she said at the Vulture Festival in Los Angeles that she nearly didn’t appear in Crazy Rich Asians because of it.
Wu said she ‘actually let the part go’ initially, telling the film’s director Jon M. Chu, ‘I really want to do this, but I can’t, because I’m under contract with my show and we shoot in the fall,’ US reported.
In a chat with Entertainment Weekly the month before, Wu said of appearing on the show: ‘The scheduling has been challenging, to say the least, but the experience of going back, other than the scheduling, has been just great.’