Constance Wu talks 'Crazy Rich Asians' sequel and why rom-coms are seeing a renaissance

Rom-coms are back in style, and few know that better than Constance Wu, who starred in "Crazy Rich Asians," the feel-good romantic comedy that swept the box office this summer.

"Things might seem like they're not going so well [in the world]," Wu told AOL at an exclusive American Express event in New York. "But there are small acts of love and kindness going on every day that don't get reported in the media. And I think storytelling picks up on that and sort of offers that reminder that there are good things out there, too."

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LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 09: Constance Wu attends the 2018 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on October 9, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 07: Constance Wu arrives to the Los Angeles premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Crazy Rich Asians' held at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on August 7, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 07: Actress Constance Wu arrives at the Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Crazy Rich Asians' premiere at the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on August 7, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 07: Actor Henry Golding and actress Constance Wu arrive for Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Crazy Rich Asians' Premiere held at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on August 7, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 07: Actor Constance Wu arrives at Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Crazy Rich Asians' Premiere at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on August 7, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Constance Wu attends 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for AXN)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 04: Actress Constance Wu attends the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 4, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 04: Constance Wu attends the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 4, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - DECEMBER 11: Actress Constance Wu arrives at The 22nd Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on December 11, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images for Fashion Media)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actress Constance Wu arrives at the premiere of Disney's 'A Wrinkle In Time' at El Capitan Theatre on February 26, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 11: Actor Constance Wu attends The 23rd Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 11, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 07: Actor Constance Wu attends HBO's Official Golden Globe Awards After Party at Circa 55 Restaurant on January 7, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
WESTWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 16: Actress Constance Wu attends the premiere of 'The LEGO Ninjago Movie' at Regency Village Theatre on September 16, 2017 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
FRESH OFF THE BOAT - ABC's 'Fresh Off the Boat' stars Constance Wu as Jessica Huang. (Bob D'Amico/ABC via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 06: Actress Constance Wu attends the Disney ABC Television Group TCA summer press tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 6, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 10: Actress Constance Wu attends the premiere of 'The Book of Love' at The Grove on January 10, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 08: Actress Constance Wu arrives at HBO's Official Golden Globe Awards after party at the Circa 55 Restaurant on January 8, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 14: Actress Constance Wu arrives at the Glamour Women Of The Year 2016 at NeueHouse Hollywood on November 14, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 14: Actress Constance Wu attends Glamour Women Of The Year 2016 at NeueHouse Hollywood on November 14, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Constance Wu attends the 70th Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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The actress was celebrating American Express' Pay It Plan It, a feature that helps cardholders organize their own customized payment schedule. Meanwhile, she said, her own schedule is looking repetitive these days -- but in a good way.

"My whole life right now is season 5 of 'Fresh off the Boat.' That's the only thing in my calendar for right now," she said. "It's great! We're reaching syndication this year, which is a real milestone."

With her focus squarely centered on the ABC sitcom, Wu hasn't had much time to think about the highly-anticipated sequel to "Crazy Rich Asians," which is likely to be filmed in China. Wu readily admitted she's not involved in any part of the pre-production process, but she does have one particular hope for the film:

"I'd like it to be directed by Jon [M. Chu] again," she said. "That's the one thing I would love!"

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