Bio

Jenny Wu Actress Bio

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I'm an actress for film, television, and stage.

In 2018, I had the wonderful pleasure of transitioning in and out of multiple characters from an award-winning writer Lu Lu Jayadi to a Hmong refugee Mother among others in the world premier of new Australian comedy, 'Going Down.'

An Asian-Australian Sex and the City set in Melbourne. The story follows Natalie, a Hmong-Australian writer, who, through a career come down, goes on a journey of self-discovery, and finds her identity as both the daughter of a migrant and a modern Asian-Australian woman.

A Malthouse Theatre and Sydney Theatre Company co-production. The play is written by Michele Lee, and directed by Helpmann Award winning director Leticia Cáceres.

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2017 saw the release of the film 'Australia Day', in which I starred in a leading role opposite Bryan Brown.

The film, set on Australia’s most controversial national holiday, interweaves the struggles of three Australians from diverse backgrounds, April Tucker, a 14-year-old Indigenous girl, Sami Ghaznavi, a 17-year-old Persian boy, and Lan Chang, a 19-year-old Chinese woman. Their colliding worlds illuminate the contemporary issues of racial tension and national identity that simmer beneath the surface of modern Australia.

Directed by Kriv Stenders. Produced by Hoodlum and Foxtel.

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'Lady Bloodfight', was my first martial arts movie lead role, a US production shot in the bustling city of Hong Kong. I played the antagonist, a sexy, comic book style, street punk, bad-ass chick who ends up kung fu fighting in a secret underground tournament, known as the Kumite.

Rigorous training in martial arts took place months prior to shooting in Hong Kong, building our skills level to where we, the actors, were actually fighting and doing a lot of our own stunts!

Directed by Chris Nahon. Produced by Voltage Pictures.

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2017 also saw the release of Golden Globe nominated TV series 'Top of the Lake: China Girl', in which I had the great honour to work with Academy Award winner Jane Campion.

Directed by Jane Campion, Ariel Kleiman. Produced by See-Saw Films.

I made my mainstage debut with the highly acclaimed Sydney Theatre Company's extravaganza 'Chimerica.' A term coined by historian Niall Ferguson and economist Moritz Schularick describing the symbiotic relationship between China and America. The play written by British playwright Lucy Kirkwood, made its national premiere on the Roslyn Packer Theatre stage to standing ovations and rave reviews.

Directed by Helpmann Award recipient and Sydney Theatre Company Artistic Director Kip Williams.

2017 also saw me working on the Sydney Theatre Award winning production of the Australian classic 'The Ham Funeral'. Written in 1948 by Australia's only Nobel prize award winning writer Patrick White, the story dealing with frivolity, excess and desire, centres around an impressionable young poet and his existential search for the meaning of life.

A Siren Theatre Co & Griffin Independent Production. Directed by Sydney Theatre Award winning director Kate Gaul.

In 2017 I learnt new skills as a puppeteer while travelling across 8 Chinese cities performing 'Erth's Dinosaur Zoo'. Usually to audience numbers well over 1000.

An Erth Production. Directed by Scott Wright.

An original Foxtel TV series - 'Secret City', a political thriller led by Anna Torv and Jackie Weaver, dubbed as the Australian 'House of Cards' was released to rave reviews in 2016.

A Foxtel Production.

A Chinese comedy exploring relationships between sent-down youth during the Chinese Cultural Revolution, known by its Chinese title as《那年我对你的承诺》and in English as 'The Promise I Made to You', officially premiered at the Golden Rooster Chinese Film Festival, and was released theatrically across China in fall 2016. I had the joy of shooting this movie in the middle of winter, at -30 degrees Celcius heavy snow, in Northeastern China, bordering Russia.

Born in Shanghai, and raised in Sydney, I decided quite young to be an actress. In year 7 we all had to name the potential career for our future, most people were undecided, I stood up and said ‘actor’, that turned a lot of heads. Nobody in their right mind would choose that career, and there I was, a studious, nerdy little girl.

I made my stage debut at 16 in a Bertolt Brecht play and honed my craft at the Young Actors Studio. I received my Bachelor's Degree of Dramatic Arts in Acting from NIDA, the National Institute of Dramatic Arts, a place where many successful creative forces have emerged and a few celebrities.

Whilst on exchange at the Peking University, Beijing, I got involved on the biggest blockbuster Chinese movie at the time, 'Dragon Blade', as assistant director and translator. The job took me on a journey from Beijing through to the Gobi Desert, working with Jackie Chan, John Cusack, Adrien Brody, Siwon Choi, the Chopstick Brothers and several other Asian celebrities. Working closely with the big name superstars taught me so much about acting first hand. For 7 months, more than 18 hours a day, and pretty much no breaks, the work was incredibly challenging. In China, anything goes!

I was also fortunate to work alongside Liu Xiao Qing (the Chinese Meryl Streep), and badminton world champion Bao Chun Lai, on a celebrity driven reality travel show called 'Deep Breathing in Australia'. Working on the TV show as actor as well as bi-lingual assistant director, allowed me to take reigns both in front and behind the camera.

And so here we are, I'm only just getting started. My motto is dream big! Your only limits are the ones you place upon yourself!

If you have a project you would like me to be involved with, contact me here, and we can embark on the next exciting and crazy adventure together.

Jenny Wu