Constance Wu on Her Emotional Reaction to Fresh Off the Boat’s Series Finale


-I want to talk about
“Fresh Off the Boat.” This is a series finale.
-Yeah. -So it’s all over after this.
Is it… -[ Sighs ]
-Yeah. This is your first —
This is your first job, right? -“Fresh Off the Boat” was really
my first-ever TV pilot, TV job really ever. -Really? -And so, you know,
the cast and crew there — they’re really my family
and they’ve seen me go through six years of change and, like, the most incredible
experience of my life. It really is the most
life-changing thing that’s ever
happened to me, so — -You’ve done over 100 episodes.
-Over 100 episodes. -Wow. That’s a lot of time
with those people. -Yeah. Good thing I love them.
-Exactly. Right? That’s your family
kind of, yeah? -Yeah. -Was it emotional,
your last couple scenes? -It was. I mean, like, at the end,
me and Hudson were, like, on the floor —
Hudson plays my youngest son — just, like, weeping. And it was —
Yeah, I mean, I’m just — I’m so grateful
that I got to do it. And I’m really
proud of the kids. That’s one of
the biggest things is, like, those boys have grown up to be
really wonderful young men, and just to witness
that has been amazing. -And at first, you didn’t think you were gonna get
the part, right? -No. They made me
jump through a lot of hoops. They’re like, “You’re not right.
You’re not right.” And I was like,
“I think I’m right.” You know?
-You’d be perfect for this. -Yeah. -I want to ask you —
what do you think this show should mean to everybody
who watches the show? What’s the — -Well, that’s another thing
that’s been so incredibly moving about it,
is that it was the first American network show
in over 20 years to center an Asian-American
family’s experience. And, you know,
still to this day, I have people who come up
to me on the street, and they talk about how
meaningful it was to, you know, see their faces
represented on TV. And I think,
at the end of the day, we all just want to
understand each other. And I think that’s one of
the best things that storytelling can do,
if we invest in stories from people whose stories
we haven’t seen before, and I think that’s what we did
with “Fresh Off the Boat,” so I’m really proud of that. -That’s great. I agree.
[ Cheers and applause ] I want to show a clip. Here’s Constance Wu
in the series finale of “Fresh Off the Boat.” Take a look. -I was out at the mailbox and I saw the Deidre
in the window. Dummy took 20 minutes
to notice my sweatshirt. What’s all this?
-Oh, I made dinner — for you. -Why?
[ Gasps ] Oh, you put a baby in that
redhead, didn’t you? -Jessica!
-Whoa! No. I just wanted to say
thank you for everything
you’ve done for me. -Aww! You got a 1500 and you cook. You are going to make some woman
I choose a great husband. -So, Mom, I was hoping
we could talk. -Sure. What did you want to —
[ Gasps ] Eddie got a letter from Harvard. I’ll open it so you don’t
cut your test fingers. Okay with you? Great. Ah! “Dear Edward Huang,
we received your S.A.T. scores and want to schedule
an interview with one of our alumni”? [ Screams ] [ Screams ] [ Screams ] -Constance Wu, everybody!

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