Constance Wu, best known for her roles in Crazy Rich Asians, Fresh Off the Boat, and Hustlers, is stepping into another spotlight. She’s making her publishing debut with an insightful, comedic, and intimate memoir titled Making a Scene. Wu has since started calling the book her “second pandemic baby” after the birth of her daughter back in 2020. According to Entertainment Weekly, Constance Wu’s new memoir Making a Scene is set to release in early October 2022. We couldn’t be more excited!
Constance Is Making a Scene
The critically acclaimed actress is breaking into the publishing world with a memoir dedicated to her most intimate life experiences. Constance Wu was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. Her parents, a computer programmer and a college professor are from Taiwan. She spent her early years performing in her community’s local theater program, where she found her passion for acting.
Soon after, Wu moved to New York City to attend the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute at 16. While there, she worked in many classical theater productions until she eventually transitioned into film. After acting in several Sundance films, Constance moved to Los Angeles to pursue her dream full-time. She landed a role on the ABC comedy series Fresh Off the Boat, and the rest is history.
Making Her Memoir Debut
Her debut memoir, Making a Scene, will be a collection of essays that range from moments in Wu’s childhood to her adult life. According to the book’s publisher Scibler, Wu vulnerably shares “her experiences of growing up in suburban Virginia, scraping by as a struggling actress, falling in love again and again, confronting her identity and influence, and navigating the pressures and pleasures of existing in today’s world.” Constance has made theater and films her main stage, but now she will take the world’s biggest stage, literature.
Wu’s early perception of how girls and women should behave influenced her entire life. Her book’s publisher notes that she “thought that girls were supposed to be reserved, graceful, and polite. Everyone around her praised ladylike behavior while seeming to disapprove of the louder, rougher girls—the kind of girls who made scenes.” As women, society tells us to suppress our emotions because showing them is a sign of weakness. In addition, it doesn’t matter if that emotion is sadness, anger, or even bold happiness. It just can’t cause attention or make a scene.
In her memoir, Constance Wu explores this dilemma and the mental effect it has had on women, especially Asian women. Thankfully, the theater became a home or refuge where she could express herself in all the ways she wanted without feeling the pressures of society. All readers will find something to relate to in Making a Scene.
The book will be published by Scribner and set to release this fall on October 4, 2022. It is available for pre-order now. Additionally, Constance Wu will narrate the audiobook version of her memoir. Make room on your bookshelf or in your Audible library for a powerful memoir you don’t want to miss. We can’t wait to add this memoir to our TBR list.
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