Harry Shum Jr.
|Harry Shum Jr.|
Shum at the San Diego Comic-Con in July 2011
April 28, 1982|
Limón, Costa Rica
|Residence||Hollywood Hills, California, U.S.|
|Spouse(s)||Shelby Rabara (m. 2015)|
|Harry Shum Jr.|
Harry Shum Jr. (born April 28, 1982) is a Costa Rican-born Chinese American actor, dancer, singer and choreographer. He is best known for his roles as Mike Chang on the Fox television series Glee (2009–2015) for which he was nominated for four Screen Actors Guild Awards, winning once, and as Magnus Bane on the Freeform television series Shadowhunters (2016–2019).
He has appeared in the films Step Up 2: The Streets (2008), Step Up 3D (2010), White Frog (2012), Revenge of the Green Dragons (2014), Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny (2016), Crazy Rich Asians (2018) and the Hulu web series The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers (2010–2011).
Shum was born in San José, Costa Rica. His mother is a native of Hong Kong, and his father is from Guangzhou, China. They relocated to Costa Rica, where Shum and his two older sisters were born. When Shum was six years old, the family moved to San Francisco, California. He stated, "I feel I have the best of so many worlds. I speak Cantonese and Spanish. Spanish is actually my first language before I learned Cantonese and English." He later stated that he hasn't spoken Spanish fluently since the age of 6.
Shum spent most of his schooling years in the San Luis Obispo area and graduated from Arroyo Grande High School in 2000. Initially, he had been more interested in theater and sports but found a passion for dance after auditioning for his high school dance team on a dare. Shum attended San Francisco State University for a year, before dropping out to pursue a dance career in Los Angeles. In an interview, he said that his earliest motivations to dance were from watching Ginuwine, Dru Hill, and Usher, before becoming influenced by dancers like Gene Kelly and Michael Jackson.
Shum has stated that he identifies as being somewhat Latino. He said, "It's strange that I am full Chinese and born in a Latin country, but I love the fact that I was immersed in that culture at birth while maintaining my Chinese roots," and added, "I think the cultures share a lot of similarities as far as family values and the love for flavor in their foods. I do consider myself somewhat Latin."
From 2009 until 2015, he portrayed the role of Mike Chang, a dancer who joins the glee club, on the Fox musical comedy-drama series Glee. Known for a while as "Other Asian" on Glee, with very few lines during the show's first season, Shum's character was given storylines in the second season, mostly involving his relationship with fellow glee club member Tina Cohen-Chang (Jenna Ushkowitz). He subsequently gave performances of "Make 'Em Laugh" in "The Substitute", "Sing" from A Chorus Line in "Duets", "Valerie" in "Special Education", and the show's first dance solo in "A Night of Neglect". He was promoted from guest star to series regular for the third season. He was given a major storyline in the third episode of the season, "Asian F", and performed "Cool" from West Side Story, his first solo song. On June 28, 2013, it was reported that Shum would not return as regular on Glee's fifth season, but would be a recurring guest star.
Shum has been featured in many productions done by Wong Fu Productions. In 2010, he appeared in Step Up 3-D as Cable. He is also a dancer and choreographer for the Legion of Extraordinary Dancers. In 2011, Shum completed a short action film, 3 Minutes, directed Ross Ching and produced by Don Le and George Wang.
Shum was cast in the role of the Kuai Liang (the younger Sub-Zero) in the second season of Mortal Kombat: Legacy. In 2014, he had a major role in crime drama film Revenge of the Green Dragons, which was executive produced by Martin Scorsese. Shum was cast as the warlock Magnus Bane in the Freeform fantasy series Shadowhunters, based on The Mortal Instruments series of novels by Cassandra Clare. His portrayal of Bane, a bisexual man of color, helped Shadowhunters to win the 2017 GLAAD media award for an "Outstanding Drama Series", which he accepted with his co-star Matthew Daddario. In 2016, he appeared as the character Wei-Fang in the sequel to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, titled Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny. In 2016, Shum was cast as the male lead in "Single By 30" as Peter Ma on YouTube Red's original series from Wong Fu Productions and New Form Digital after starring in the original pilot in 2015. The first season of the series premiered on August 24, 2016, on Wong Fu Productions' Channel.
Shum began a relationship with Filipino-American dancer Shelby Rabara in 2007. The two became engaged in October 2013 while on vacation in Hawaii, and were married on November 22, 2015 in Costa Rica.
|2004||You Got Served||Dancer||Cameo|
|2007||Stomp the Yard||Crew Dancer||Cameo|
|2008||Step Up 2: The Streets||Cable|
|2008||Center Stage: Turn It Up||Club Dancer||Cameo|
|2010||Our Family Wedding||Harry|
|2010||Step Up 3D||Cable|
|2011||3 Minutes||Hunter #1||Short film|
|2011||Glee: The 3D Concert Movie||Mike Chang||Concert film|
|2012||White Frog||Chaz Young|
|2012||Already Gone||Scott Lee||Short film|
|2014||Moms' Night Out||Joey|
|2014||Revenge of the Green Dragons||Paul Wong|
|2015||Fire City: End of Days||Frank|
|2016||Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny||Wei-Fang|
|2018||Crazy Rich Asians||Charlie Wu|
|TBA||Escape Plan 3: Devil's Station||Bao|
|2003||Boston Public||Fletcher||Episode: "Chapter Sixty"|
|2005||Committed||Chinese Delivery Guy||Episode: "The Apartment Episode"|
|2007||Viva Laughlin||Construction Dancer||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2008||Zoey 101||Roy||Episode: "Trading Places"|
|2008||Rita Rocks||Zack||Episode: "Flirting with Disaster"|
|2008||The American Mall||Dancing Taco||Television film|
|2008||Greek||Omega Chi Brother||3 episodes|
|2008||iCarly||Yûki||Episode: "iGo to Japan"|
|2009–2015||Glee||Mike Chang||Main role, 76 episodes|
|2013||The Eric Andre Show||Himself||1 episode|
|2016–present||Shadowhunters||Magnus Bane||Main role|
|2010–2011||The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers||Elliot Hoo||9 episodes|
|2013||Mortal Kombat: Legacy||Kuai Liang||2 episodes|
|2014||Caper||Luke Washington||9 episodes|
|2016||Single by 30||Peter Ma||8 episodes|
Awards and nominations
|2010||Glee||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Won|
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice Music: Group (with cast)||Nominated|
|Lesbian/Bi People's Choice Awards||Favorite Music Duo or Group (with cast)||Nominated|
|Gay People's Choice Awards||Favorite Music Duo or Group (with cast)||Won|
|2011||Glee||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Nominated|
|Grammy Awards||Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice Music: Group (with cast)||Nominated|
|Himself||East West Players Visionary Awards||Breakout Performance Award||Won|
|2012||Glee||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Nominated|
|Grammy Awards||Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media (with cast)||Nominated|
|2013||Glee||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Nominated|
|Himself||Hawaii International Film Festival||Rising Star of the Year||Won|
|Remixed||Streamy Awards||Best Choreography||Nominated|
|2016||Shadowhunters||TV Scoop Awards||TV Breakout Star – Male||Won|
|MTV Fandom Awards||Ship of the Year (shared with Matthew Daddario)||Nominated|
|2017||Shadowhunters||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV: Summer Actor||Nominated|
|Choice TV: Ship (shared with Matthew Daddario)||Nominated|
|Choice TV: LipLock (shared with Matthew Daddario)||Nominated|
|Bisexual Representation Award||Best Bisexual Representation by a Supporting Character Male||Won|
|2018||Shadowhunters||TV Scoop Awards||TV Best Drama Actor||Pending|
|TV Best Couple (shared with Matthew Daddario)||Pending|
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV: Ship (shared with Matthew Daddario)||Pending|
|Bisexual Representation Award||Best Bisexual Representation by a Supporting Character Male||Pending|
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- Weik, Taylor (February 27, 2017). "Harry Shum Jr. Joined a Dance Team on a Dare. These Days, He Isn't Staying Still". NBC.
- "Scene Stealer: Harry Shum Jr". Dance Spirit. Retrieved September 24, 2011.
- Charaipotra, Sona (June 3, 2013). "Harry Shum Jr.: Latinos in Hollywood". Mom.me.
- Mulick, Marcus; Arrow, Jennifer (September 13, 2010). ""Asian" and "Other Asian" Hook Up on Glee – Is Artie Out for Good?". E! Online. Retrieved July 7, 2011.
- "Glee club is back in session on the season premiere of Glee" (Press release). Fox Broadcasting Company. Archived from the original on December 9, 2013. Retrieved September 2, 2011.
- Ausiello, Michael (June 28, 2013). "Glee Exclusive: 4 Original Cast Members Not Returning as Series Regulars for Season 5". TVLine.
- Berk, Brett (May 18, 2010). "Glee's Harry Shum Jr. Speaks! (And He Wants His Gaga Costume)". Vanity Fair.
- Milzoff, Rebecca (May 25, 2010). "Glee's Harry Shum Jr. Finally Speaks (and Answers Your Questions!)". New York. Retrieved July 7, 2011.
- Nguyen, Hanh. "'Glee's' Harry Shum talks 'The Situ-Asian,' Asian Camp and The LXD – From Inside the Box". Zap2it.com. Retrieved July 7, 2011.
- Wieselman, Jarett (January 10, 2011). "'3 Minutes' for Harry Shum to save the world". New York Post. Retrieved August 23, 2011.
- "Web Series 'Mortal Kombat: Legacy 2' Hitting February 17th". Latino Review. December 3, 2012. Archived from the original on March 5, 2016.
- Ge, Linda (May 15, 2015). "'Glee' Star Harry Shum Jr. Joining ABC Family's 'Shadowhunters'". TheWrap.
- "'GLAAD Media Awards 2017 Complete Winners List'". 'deadline'. October 16, 2017.
- Jeffery, Morgan (July 30, 2014). "'Glee's' Harry Shum Jr. Joins 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' Sequel". The Hollywood Reporter.
- "Glee's Harry Shum Jr. to Star in YouTube Red Rom-Com Single by 30". The Hollywood Reporter. April 28, 2016.
- Alcala, Natalie (September 24, 2012). "Glee's Harry Shum Jr. on His Worst Breakup, Longest Relationship, & Dancing it Off". Bullett Media.
- Blumm, K.C. (March 8, 2014). "Mike Chang is getting married! Glee star Harry Shum Jr. engaged to longtime love Shelby Rabara". People.
- Park, Andrea (December 4, 2015). "Glee Star Harry Shum Jr. Marries Shelby Rabara". People. Retrieved December 4, 2015.
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