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Orlando Sentinel: Real Life Parents Inspire Fresh Off the Boat

FRESH OFF THE BOAT - "Success Perm" - Family rivalry spirals out of control when Jessica's sister, Connie, and her far more affluent husband come to visit. The Huangs try to convince everyone they're doing great financially, when nothing could be further from the truth. Meanwhile, Eddie is excited to be reunited with his cousin Justin, who introduced him to hip hop, until he learns the kid has moved on to grunge, on "Fresh Off the Boat," TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 10 (8:30-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Gilles Mingasson)Constance Wu and Randall Park are drawing critical acclaim for their portrayals of Jessica and Louis Huang, the parents of Eddie on whose memoir the show is based.

The Orlando Sentinel reports both actors credit Eddie’s real life parents for inspiring their performances.

Constance calls Jessica as “a huge inspiration as she can be.”

“She’s larger than life. I feel I had to underplay her to make her believable.” said Wu.

Park has also met his Hollywood alter ego, Louis. He said his character reflects the business acumen of the real life Louis.

“The restaurant does struggle at beginning, but it does start to get going midway through the season,” Park said. “At the end it’s doing well. That’s in large part because of Louis and his business acumen. He makes mistakes. Like most people in business, he adjusts. He’s able to get it off the ground.”

Both Wu, Park and executive producer Nahnatchka Khan see the success of the show evolving around the characters. You can read more about that in the Orlando Sentinel.


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