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Hustlers: Constance Wu is fed up of those false Jennifer Lopez feud rumours

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Ahead of the release of Hustlers, Constance Wu has expertly shut down any rumours about there being a feud between herself and Jennifer Lopez. 

Everyone is very excited about the new Jennifer Lopez-produced film, Hustlers. The movie, which is released on 13 Friday September, follows a group of female grifters who are manipulating strip club customers into parting with their cash. 

Lopez stars alongside Lilli Reinhart, Julia Stiles, Constance Wu, Cardi B, Lizzo, Madeline Brewer and Keke Palmer. We all know that when Lizzo is involved, you’re onto a very exciting thing indeed. 

For actor Wu, it’s her next big film since the huge success of Crazy Rich Asians (which is getting a sequel). But her excitement for the highly-anticipated film is being dulled by rumours that she is “feuding” with Lopez. 

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According to an article in The Guardian, it was widely reported that Wu had requested top billing above Lopez.

But Wu reacted, telling the paper: “I wasn’t demanding anything. The reason that happened was because people on the team were calling journalists because they were not putting me in [their stories about the film]. It wasn’t anything I asked them to do.”

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Asked if it was just another example of the media pitting women against one another, Wu replied: “People stereotyping us separates us, and when we are not unified it helps the patriarchy stay in power, right? If you’re at a board meeting and there’s only one seat for a woman and all the other seats are for men, it’s not about being a woman - if you think there’s only one seat, it’s going to be competitive. 

“If it’s a board meeting of all women and there’s only one seat for a man, the men will start becoming competitive. It’s about the scarcity, not gender.

She added: “That was what was really special about Hustlers. Nobody was fighting about the one seat at the table. It was our table.”

Constance Wu stars in Hustlers
Constance Wu stars in Hustlers

Wu recently chatted about the feminism of the film with Variety, saying: “It depends on how you define feminism, which I think is just equality. One of the reasons I think it’s especially feminist is because we’re taking women who have previously been judged and shamed by society and getting to know them as people instead of as objects. I think that is the true spirit of feminism is humanity. And that’s what our movie goes after.”

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We can’t wait to watch Hustlers when it is released this weekend. 

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Hollie is a digital writer at Stylist.co.uk, mainly covering the daily news on women’s issues, politics, celebrities and entertainment. She also keeps an ear out for the best podcast episodes to share with readers. Oh, and don’t even get her started on Outlander…

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