Jessica HuangPlayed by Constance Wu
Jessica is married to Louis and is the mother of Eddie, Emery, and Evan. She is a strong, protective mother who was always hard on Eddie way before all that "tiger mom stuff." She is a frugal, business-minded woman who doesn't believe in wasting anything. She adores Stephen King movies and novels, and is especially talented at singing.
As a result of her unapologetic and hilarious portrayal of Jessica Huang on Fresh Off the Boat, the spotlight on Constance Wu is brighter than ever in her first foray into comedy.
Wu will reprise her role as the family matriarch and mother of three, opposite Randall Park. Based on Eddie Huang's memoir, the show is set in the 1990s and revolves around a Taiwanese family that moves to suburban Orlando. The series debuted in February 2015 to much critical acclaim and garnered eight million viewers, becoming the second highest-rated comedy to premiere during the season. Wu was instantly praised as the breakout star of the comedy season for her interpretation of the no-nonsense, pragmatic mom and has received two nominations from the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Comedy, in 2015, as well as a TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy, in 2015 and 2016.
Most recently, Constance Wu joined the cast in Hulu's sci-fi/fantasy anthology series Dimension 404. Wu is the lead in a stand-alone episode in which she plays Jane, a military psychologist on active duty who wants nothing more than to spend Christmas leave with her wife and daughter. Wu will co-star along with Megan Mullally.
Wu will be seen in the indie thriller All the Creatures Were Stirring, from directors David Ian McKendry and Rebekah McKendry. The thriller follows a group of strangers who find themselves encountering monsters and misfortunes on the night before Christmas. The film is set to release in 2016. She will also star in the upcoming untitled independent film from director Jenee LaMarque. Wu was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, where she grew up performing in the local community theatre scene. At age 16, she moved to New York to study at the famed Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute and the Conservatory for Theatre Arts at S.U.N.Y Purchase.
While in New York, she worked in classical theatre and quickly transitioned to film. She soon appeared in several Sundance Feature Films, including Stephanie Daley and Year of the Fish.
In 2010, she moved to Los Angeles where her theatre and film background helped land her a role in another Sundance Feature, The Sound of My Voice. She next appeared a series regular on the LogoTV web series East Siders and the Fox Digital Studios film Parallels, which was released by Netflix on March 3, 2015.
In addition to her indie films, Wu has had memorable guest appearances on Children's Hospital, Law & Order: SVU, Torchwood, Covert Affairs, and Franklin & Bash.