Constance Wu Went 'Undercover' and Made $600 at a Strip Club to Prepare for 'Hustlers' (Video)

Constance Wu Went 'Undercover' and Made $600 at a Strip Club to Prepare for 'Hustlers' (Video)

“I gave lap dances to strangers,” actress tells Kelly Clarkson

Constance Wu said she worked at a strip club to prepare for her role in “Hustlers,” in which she played a stripper alongside Jennifer Lopez, and made $600 on her first night.

“I did work at a strip club to get ready for ‘Hustlers,’” Wu told Kelly Clarkson on her talk show on Monday. “I went undercover. I gave lap dances to strangers.”

After Clarkson said she didn’t believe Wu, Wu added: “I’m not lying! I made $600 my first night. I am not being funny, and it was not funny. I put fake tattoos on my neck, I changed my hair… You can’t duplicate the first time you walk into a club and say, ‘Hey, I’d like to have a job here,’ and then you go work that night.”

Previously, Wu had said that she went to a lot of strip clubs in San Francisco to do research, and also installed a stripper pole in her living room, took pole-dancing classes and took private coaching lessons.

In “Hustlers,” Wu plays single mom Destiny, who bands together with former strip club employees to scam their rich Wall Street clients. The film, written and directed by Lorene Scafaria, was inspired by a viral New York Magazine article.

Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhart and Cardi B also star. The film grossed $157.5 million worldwide.

Watch Wu’s interview above.

13 Jennifer Lopez Career Highs and J-Lows (Photos)

  • She was a Fly Girl and Jenny from the Block before she was a TV singing competition judge and  an older neighbor romancing a high-school stud in film “The Boy Next Door.” 

  • “In Living Color” (1991) – Lopez got her first break as one of the Fly Girl backup dancers on Fox’s “In Living Color.”  She stayed on the show for two years before leaving to pursue an acting career.

    Fox

  • “Money Train” (1995) – Lopez’s first big role came opposite Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson in “Money Train.”  She also gained critical acclaim for her role in “My Family” opposite Edward James Olmos and Jimmy Smits.

    Columbia

  • “Selena” (1997) – Lopez’s breakout role was in the biographical film “Selena,” which netted her a Golden Globe nomination.  She also starred in “Anaconda,” which turned off critics but was a box-office success.

    Warner Bros.

  • “Out of Sight” (1998) – Lopez became the first Latina actress to earn over $1 million for a role in “Out of Sight,” a Steven Soderbergh film starring George Clooney.

    Universal

  • “On the 6” (1999) – JLo’s debut album surprised critics and successfully transitioned the movie star into a pop music career.

    Work Group

  • “The Wedding Planner” (2001) – With her first role in a romantic comedy and the release of “J.Lo,” Lopez became the first entertainer to have a No. 1 film and album simultaneously.

    Columbia

  • “Gigli” (2003) – Lopez teamed up with then-fiancée Ben Affleck to make a box office bomb that is still regarded as one of the worst films ever made.

    Revolution Studios

  • “Como Ama una Mujer” (2007) – J.Lo silenced some naysayers who felt the singer had a limited vocal range with “Como Ama una Mujer.”  Critics generally agreed that the album was vocally superior to her past music.

    Epic Records

  • “American Idol” (2011) – Lopez joined the tenth season of the long-running reality competition “American Idol.”  She has served as a judge for three out of the last four seasons.

    Fox

  • “Dance Again…The Hits” (2012) – J.Lo released her first greatest hits album, “Dance Again…The Hits,” which critics agreed was a nice reminder of all the success the singer had accumulated.

    Epic Records

  • World Cup (2014) – Lopez teamed up with Pitbull and Claudia Leitte for “We Are One (Ole Ola),” the official song for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

    RCA

  • “Booty” (2014) – If anything “broke the Internet” in 2014, it was Lopez’s Sept. 18 release of the full music video for the song “Booty” featuring Australian rapper Iggy Azalea. 

  • “The Boy Next Door” (2015) – Lopez stars in “The Boy Next Door” as a newly divorced woman who spends the night with a high school boy in her neighborhood, but soon realizes the boy is obsessed with her.

    Universal

A survey of JLo’s career so far — as a dancer, singer, judge and movie star — including her Iggy Azalea booty bump and “Hustlers”

She was a Fly Girl and Jenny from the Block before she was a TV singing competition judge and  an older neighbor romancing a high-school stud in film “The Boy Next Door.” 

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