GO Proudly Presents: 100 Women We Love, Class Of 2020

Alice Wu

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Currently receiving critical acclaim for her new Netflix film, “The Half of It,” Alice Wu is bringing queer Asian stories to light. Wu wrote, directed, and produced this coming-of-age story about an intelligent and introverted student, Ellie Chu, who is hired by a student football player to write love letters and texts to his crush. The only problem? Ellie is secretly in love with the same girl. Comedy, tragedy, and confusion ensue in this modern-day take on the classic story of “Cyrano,” and it dives into not just queerness, but love and friendship as well. The script was a 2018 selection for the Black List, an annual survey of Hollywood executives’ favorite unproduced screenplays. Wu first garnered attention and praise from her debut film “Saving Face,” which won multiple festival accolades and was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award and earned the director a Gotham Independent Film Award nomination. “I make these very personal films, so it’s always surprising and gratifying to find out how many other people relate — folks who might otherwise seem nothing like me! — on such a personal level,” she tells GO. “[It] makes me feel a little less lonely. Turns out, everyone has a little Asian lesbian nerd within them! But seriously, nothing is better than when someone comes up to me to tell me about their lives and how one of my films might have opened something up for them — nothing.” —GP

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