Grace Wu serves as Executive Vice President, Casting, NBC Entertainment since 2009. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of California at Berkeley, Wu began her career in entertainment casting as an assistant on the feature film “In & Out,” starring Kevin Kline. She transitioned into television when she joined Liberman/Hirschfeld Casting, where she worked on casting for the critically acclaimed “Seinfeld,” “MadTV” and “The Larry Sanders Show.” While at NBC, Wu supervised the casting of such network series as “Freaks & Geeks,” “Friday Night Lights,” “Parenthood” and “The Black List.” She is responsible for overseeing the day-today casting on current scripted series as well as pilot productions.
Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles, CA
What does it mean to you to “Go Against The Grain?”
Lately, it means to speak up when I feel the most scared.
What made you decide to pursue a career in this industry?
I like being around creative people, getting into their heads and helping execute their vision.
What have been some of the challenges you faced/lessons you learned as an Asian American in this field?
I can’t think of any challenges, but as the daughter of immigrants, it’s in my DNA to work hard and not whine or complain.
What do you feel is your biggest accomplishment, and why?
My biggest accomplishment is picking the right guy to marry because I’ve created the family I always wanted.
What’s up next?
Finding time to shop Zappos.
Quote to live by:
You get what you get and you don’t get upset.
Sign (Eastern Animal Sign & Western Zodiac):
I’m a Rooster/Scorpio
Keeping my iPhone and iPad charged at 100%.My kids think I’m crazy, but it must be!
Sushi and fried egg sandwiches
Can’t live without:
Thinking about my next great meal.
I Go Against The Grain #beCAUSE:
It doesn’t seem as much fun to be regular and conventional.