That’s four years ago Crazy rich Asians raised Constance Wu – already the star of Fresh from the boat, an extremely successful sitcom on ABC – into the realm of movie stars. But so has it been a period that has been paradoxical enough quiet for the actor who only recently returned to regular acting wstarring in Netflix The terminal list.
Now Wu has opened up to retire from both Hollywood and social media – and more shockingly, revealed that she was trying to take her own life three years ago, amid the controversy over tweets she made about Fresh from the boat being renewed for a new season.
“It ignited outrage and shame on the internet that became quite serious,” Wu writes, referring to an incident in 2019 in as she greeted news that Fresh would get a sixth season renewal with a series of comments suggesting she was unhappy with the news.
Wu, who writes that she “almost lost her life” to social media during the incident:
I was horrified by what I had said, and when a couple of DMs from another Asian actress told me that I had become a nuisance to Asian-American society, I began to feel that I did not even deserve to live longer. That I was a disgrace to AsAms, and they would be better off without me. Looking back, it’s surreal that a few DMs convinced me to end my own life, but that’s what happened. Luckily, a friend found me and hurried me to the emergency room.
Wu says that the subsequent period of self-reflection and focus on her mental health inspired her to write a new book, To make a scene–“reaching out and helping people talk about the unpleasant things to understand it, reckon with it, and open paths to healing.”
Wu concludes his statement by noting that “after a short break from Hollywood and one lot of therapy I feel OK to venture back on [social media]. ”
If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours a day at 1-800-273-8255.