The site has been pretty quiet lately as we’ve been busy and couldn’t post much. We’re back now with some latest updates that weren’t posted on here including some interviews, photos and videos!
- Harry is currently in Singapore filming his new film ‘Crazy Rich Asians‘ where he plays Charlie Wu
- Season 2B of ‘Shadowhunters‘ is currently airing every Monday at 8/7c on Freeform!
- In case you missed it- Our interview with Harry!
‘Shadowhunters’: Harry Shum Jr. On Magnus’ Body Swap With Valentine – Access Hollywood
Promo for episode 2×13 “Those Of Demon Blood: of Shadowhunters:
Harry Invites you to the #ITAInstituteCon in Milan:
— Harry Shum Jr (@HarryShumJr) June 15, 2017
Glee star Harry Shum Jr. has joined the cast of Crazy Rich Asians, Warner Bros.’ adaptation of the Kevin Kwan best-seller.
Fresh Off the Boat star Constance Wu, Gemma Chan (Humans), Awkwafina and Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) are toplining the ensemble romantic comedy, which is currently in production. Jon M. Chu is in the director’s chair.
The plot centers on an America-born Chinese economics professor, played by Wu, who travels to her history professor boyfriend’s (Henry Golding) hometown of Singapore for his best friend’s wedding. The woman soon finds out is that her boyfriend comes from an incredibly wealthy family and is the most eligible bachelor in Asia, meaning every single woman in his ultra-rarefied social circle now wants to bring her down.
Sources say Shum will play Chan’s ex-boyfriend.
Color Force’s Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson, as well as Ivanhoe president John Penotti, are producing the movie, which is in production in Singapore and Malaysia.
HIDDEN REMOTE – Harry Shum Jr. explains how Malec will continue to develop in Season 2B of ‘Shadowhunters’ and teases a Magnus that we’ve “never seen before.”
Harry Shum Jr., who plays Magnus Bane, the High Warlock of Brooklyn on Freeform’s hit fantasy series Shadowhunters, sat down with us on set to talk about Magnus’ role in Season 2B and to tease what’s in store for the Malec relationship this summer (oh, and we obviously also talked about magical dancing…).
As a leader in the Downworld with personal ties to Shadowhunters, Magnus is likely to be caught in the middle of political tension from the beginning. “He’s in between it all,” Shum said. “He’s conflicted; he wants to have peace with the Downworlders and Shadowhunters, but obviously there isn’t because the Clave, they have old rules and they haven’t really developed or modernized to fit into what they’re dealing with right now.”
Shum went on to explain that his character is in a particularly difficult position because of his developed relationships with both Shadowhunters and Downworlders. “Specifically with Magnus it’s like, what does he do? His boyfriend is a Shadowhunter and obviously he understands what he needs to do to protect his people, but at the same time, these decisions like Raphael coming in and saying, ‘No, I want to kill the person who’s able to activate it,’ right?’” he said. Because of these relationships, we can also expect Magnus to be faced with “even harder choices” in Season 2B.
We’ve seen Magnus in a mentorship role for several Downworlders (particularly vampires) in past seasons, and we learned that this is something we can expect to see in 2B as well. “Yeah, I mean, how can you not with that much experience?” he said. Shum then commented on what he’d like to see for his character in the future. “I want to see someone mentor Magnus,” he said. “That’s what I would like to see because I think he knows a lot, and he’s wise, and in some ways he can be a little jaded in the sense that he’s just seen it all before. War is inevitable; war is something that just happens that he’s seen over the centuries. So I think the Soul-Sword wiping out Downworlders is something he’s heard of, but I think the fact that it’s happening to people that he’s so close to on the other side, because before it was just all Downworlders, and now that he’s caring for Shadowhunters, it’s been difficult for him.”
Showrunners teased earlier this year that Magnus would have a dancing scene, and since then we’ve learned that it was choreographed by Harry Shum Jr. as well. We don’t know too many details about how the scene will play out, but Shum was able to tell us just a bit more about what we’ll see in the dance. “We made sure Magnus is dancing like Magnus,” he said. “I tried to bring Magnus’ dancing flare into the sequence. So that was really fun, and what I can say is, there’s gonna be fun magic; it’s a magical dance, so there’s going to be magic involved with the dancing and that’s gonna be exciting. That’s all I can say.”
At the end of the winter finale, Alec and Magnus had an emotional, heartfelt reunion where they professed their love aloud for one another, and we asked Shum if this meant we can expect their relationship to grow stronger in 2B. “I think so. I think with Magnus and Alec, I think that what we all wanted to see was them sharing experiences together, and those experiences are what’s going to make them stronger,” he said. “Whether it be intimate moments, or whether it be them solving something together, or even fighting for their lives together. I think those are moments that we take each step of getting to know each other outside of just sharing kind of like past stories, you know?”
Similarly to what we learned from Matthew Daddario, Harry Shum Jr. also commented on how the Malec relationship will continue to be realistic. “We’re going to see a lot more of that and them getting to do more activities together that would cause some riff in one side or the other being kind of pissed off at each other, but there [are] going to be some great, delightful moments as well,” he shared. “I know the fans don’t want them to have any hurtful moments at all, but the reality is, that’s life. So yeah, they’re going to have to get through that.”
When we first see Magnus Bane in Season 2B, he’s going to jump into the action to try and help the Shadowhunters with Valentine, but he also teased that Magnus’ story will have a big twist. “Valentine does something with Magnus that just infuriates him, and that point, has a bigger reason to destroy Valentine,” he said. “So something crazy crazy happens, and that’s all I’ll say about that.”
Crazy crazy? We don’t know if we can handle crazy crazy!
Shum also revealed that he’s most excited to see Episode 12 on-screen this year, but for a very mysterious reason. “That whole episode, it was really fun for me,” he said. “I can’t say anything about it, but it was so much fun to shoot. It’s a Magnus that you’ve never seen before. I won’t even say a side, but it’s just a Magnus you’ve never seen before.”
Watch the full interview above to hear more from Harry Shum Jr. about the Shadow World in Season 2B. Shadowhunters returns with “Mea Maxima Culpa” June 5 at 8/7c on Freeform and the Freeform App. Follow Harry Shum Jr. and the official Shadowhunters Twitter account to join the #ShadowhuntersChat each Monday!
Shadowhunters is coming back on June 5th after a mid-season hiatus and Freeform prepared fourteen videos of all the cast members revealing some clues about the upcoming episodes. This Tuesday the fans reached 15,000 tweets using the hashtag and they posted the video of Harry Shum Jr. talking about season 2. Watch below:
I think it’s crazy that I even have fans! I’m just this shy asshole from Costa Rica who doesn’t know much about anything and now people are interested in what I have to say.
In celebration of our Fansite’s 1-year-anniversary, we’re bringing to you our EXCLUSIVE interview with the one and only (and the person this site is all about)- Harry Shum Jr.!
From the early stages of his career in the Step Up movies to hit series such as Fox‘s Glee and Freeform‘s Shadowhunters, Harry Shum Jr. stole our hearts from the first second he showed up on screen.
As the dancy High School Student Mike Chang or the Warrior Wei Fang in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny to a complete transformation turning into the magical High Warlock of Brooklyn, Magnus Bane..
We fell in love with them all, and the person behind all of these characters just made us fall deeper as he (Harry Shum Jr.) showed us his enormous care for each character he plays, his kindness and love towards his fans, the beauty in every dance move he makes and his big BIG heart.
As such big fans of him, it’s a pleasure to have gotten the chance to interview him. We asked him questions about his career that we were interested to know more about, and he gave us the perfect answers.
- We’d like to start the interview asking, how are you doing?
HSJ: I just consumed a large ca phe su da so I am WIRED.
- We know you’re currently working on the second half of season 2 of ‘Shadowhunters‘.
How has filming been? How’s it like working with the cast?
HSJ: Just wrapped the season and its a lot heavier in terms of subject matter compared to 2A. All the characters deal with some sort inner turmoil that they must confront and overcome. I think the fans will enjoy the journey. The cast is really great to work with. They all individually bring a different energy that allows the show to be unique and offer something that no other show does. It’s been fun to see the growth in not only the characters but the actors as well.
- Do you feel more connected to your character, Magnus, now that you’ve been playing him for 2 years?
And what is your favorite thing about him?
HSJ: Without getting too much into “actor talk” I have enjoyed and learned a lot over the span of two seasons getting to know Magnus. He has taught me that no matter how much you know or been alive for, you’re still a work in progress. I think in season one, we were introduced to a jaded and hardened Magnus. He was set in his ways and not much could change his mind. Season two, we find him opening his heart and mind to a once unthinkable relationship (Alec). It has given him a new perspective and insight to the world he was already so familiar with. I do love his sass which the writers have been bringing back. It’s been great to see a vulnerable side of him but his defense mechanism of making a joke out of dire situations was always fun to play.
- How do you feel about the impact that Malec have had on the LGBTQ+ community? And did you ever expect the show and the Malec storyline to become so popular?
HSJ: I think it’s incredible that the Magnus and Alec relationship has made an impact on not only the community but also outside of it. I usually root for the underdog story and to me this is one of them. The LGBTQ+ communities support has been amazing and what makes all the hard work worth it is hearing all the fan stories on how affected they are by these two characters.
- Obviously, you were on ‘Glee’ for 6 years. Do you sometimes miss Mike Chang? What are some of your favorite memories from set?
HSJ: Those 6 years were very special to me and I contribute a lot of my growth as an artist during that time. I have Mike Chang locked up in my basement so I see him occasionally on a full moon. He’s doing well, I think. My favorite memories on set were the breaks in between scenes. We would constantly try and entertain each other on a daily basis.
- You happened to also be in the opening show of the Glee tour with the LXD! Would you go back to working on the LXD series if you had the chance?
HSJ: In a heartbeat.
- Last year your film ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny’ premiered. How was it like working on a movie you’ve already been a big fan of? And how was it like working with big talents such as Donnie Yen and Michelle Yeoh?
HSJ: I grew up watching Donnie and Michelle in HK movies and it was a bit surreal working with them. Their stories and advice on Eastern filmmaking and techniques for on camera fight sequences was invaluable. Yuen Woo Ping is a legend that has shaped the way martial arts has been captured on film. Also, it was a bit intimidating working with a 70 year young man that can kick my ass with one swift kick. I had the best time learning from him. I will carry that experience with me through the rest of my career.
- Last year, you worked on ‘Single By 30’ with WongFu Productions. The show was so fun to watch and we’re sad it won’t come back for a second season. It ended on a bittersweet note, that left us all wondering what is going to happen with Peter and Joanna. Do you have any theories on how their story continues?
HSJ: I think that Peter and Joanna still had a lot of growing to do together and individually. I would call them late bloomers that needed life to kick them in the ass a little more. Is it for their own good or for our viewing pleasure? I think both.
- This series was especially great for showcasing two Asian leads in a modern romantic comedy. How do you feel about the development of the Asian Community in the industry today, and what do you think Hollywood especially needs to change when it comes to Asian representation on TV and Film?
HSJ: Stories that come from real experiences from Asian-American writers/directors/actors. If that doesn’t happen then it’ll just continue to go down the road of what one thinks it should look like from a perspective of an outsider that will never equate to true empathy and full understanding of those experiences. That’s not to say that only Asian-Americans can tell those stories but we do need to strike a balance and it’s been lopsided since the birth of Hollywood. It’s not only tiring to see the same stereotypes but incredibly boring. The natural progression as the world becomes more connected is the need for more authentic stories told by an authentic voice in front AND behind the camera. It’s been encouraging to see how vocal audiences around the world have been over problematic castings and having some kind of impact on casting choices in the future. I have seen a spike in representation on tv and film but it’s just the beginning of the work that needs to be done.
- You’re coming from an immigrant family, your parents are from China but you were born in Costa Rica. How does it feel to be in such a culturally diverse family?
HSJ: I thank my parents all the time for exposing me to cultures that are nothing like my reflection. I was late to being exposed to the American culture and was in a constant culture shock for a good part of my adolescence. That shock was great because it taught me to realize that there is good and bad to every culture and not to put a label on a community by an individuals actions or beliefs.
- You’ve been a dancer for years! A part from being in the popular dance movies ‘Step Up’, you were a backup dancer for Beyoncé, Maria Carey and more. Can we expect to see any more dancing from you in the future?
HSJ: I’ll be dancing in my bathroom in a few hours while brushing my teeth.
- We know you recently talked about finishing your first script! Will we hear more about this? And are you planning to write more in the future or even try to direct?
HSJ: Writing is hard like all things that you’re new to. I have many stories I want to tell and I hope that I can share with the world in the near future.
- You’ve been married for awhile now to a talented, lovely lady, Shelby. How’s it like to be a married man?
HSJ: One of the best decisions that I have ever made.
- As you know, we are big fans of you. Do you have any celebrity that you look up to and that has influenced you in some kind of way?
HSJ: I have several for different reasons. JGL for his ability to jump into any medium and perform at a high caliber without compromising who he is. Matt Damon for his sustainability in this very weird weird business. The Rock for being a larger than life movie star with a heart of gold.
- Do you have any crazy fan story you can tell us?
HSJ: I think it’s crazy that I even have fans! I’m just this shy asshole from Costa Rica who doesn’t know much about anything and now people are interested in what I have to say. I’m very thankful to all the fans all around the world for accepting me into their lives. Here’s to more crazy adventures!
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One year ago today, after a lot of work, we were lauching Harry Shum Jr. NET with the intention to share our love and support for Harry, unite his fans in a positive place and keep them updated. It seems like it was yesterday and at the same time like we’ve been doing this for years because a lot happened and we’ve achieved many goals during these twelve months – things we’ll be forever grateful for. Today we celebrate our very first anniversary and we want to thank all the viewers and also Harry for your unending support, for visiting the site and appreciating our content. That’s all for you guys and we’re glad to be able to bring you something good and positive.
And the day we complete 1 year is also the day we received an amazing gift – something we’ve been talking since the beginning and means a lot to us as a fansite. To celebrate this important date for us, Harry Shum Jr. kindly agreed to give us an exclusive interview. He talked about his career, Shadowhunters, Asian representation in Hollywood and more. Read the interview HERE.
Thank you for your support. We really appreciate you all!
– Gabriella and Talia
Kinectic Vibe confirmed on their official Twitter that Harry Shum Jr. is one of the guests of their Shadowhunters convention in Milan, Italy on July 15-16. Harry will be joining his co-stars Matthew Daddario and Jade Hassouné at The Italian Institute Con for autograph sessions, photo op, panels and meet & greets. It’s an amazing opportunity to interact with the actors and meet more fans. The passes for the con cost 790€ – 50€ and you can also buy additional activities with the actors. Click here for more information.
Harry Shum Jr. and his Shadowhunters co-star Matthew Daddario are both featured on June/July 2017 OUT Magazine Issue, talking about their characters on the show, the relationship they formed and LGBT representation.
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FROM CHARMING GLEE CROONER TO BISEXUAL DEMON SLAYER
“Yup, he’s a bisexual warlock,” says Harry Shum Jr. of his 400-year-old character on the Freeform fantasy series Shadowhunters. “When you live that long, you have some stories.”
Ever since Anne Rice poured a sarcophagus’s worth of same-sex longing into her vampire novels, fans of the genre have jonesed for homoerotic acting among creatures of the night.
Shadowhunters has plenty of it. Shum plays Magnus, the immortal leader of a supernatural coven in modern-day New York City who pursues both demons and his mortal boyfriend, Alec (Matthew Daddario).
Magnus’s darkness was a big draw for the Glee vet, who was also eager to dive into a subculture- not bloodsuckers, but bi guys.
He links it to his own heritage. “Bisexuality isn’t really talked about in the mainstream,” he says.
“It’s like me being an Asian Latino American– there aren’t many of us.”
The 35-year-old actor’s main goal is to portray a queer relationship in a way that’s never been seen on TV.
Of course, the idea that Magnus’s love will literally never die helps, but for him it’s more than that.
“I look at it the same way as Asian stereotypes on TV,” Shum says. “Why would I want to play that? I want to find uniqueness and capture it every time Magnus and Alec have intimate scenes.”
Here’s hoping for many of those scenes when the show returns in June.
It’s April 28th! Which means it’s the Birthday of our incredible, Harry Shum Jr.
In celebration of his Birthday today, we asked some fans on Social-Media awhile ago to send us their wishes for him.
We got a huge response and it was overwhelming!
We want to say a big, THANK YOU to all the fans who took part in this and made sure their love and appreciation for Harry is shown in the video.
Make sure to use the hashtags #HappyBirthdayHarryShumJr. & #Happy BirthdayHarry in your post.
Be on Twitter at 5:00 PM EST to help us all trend #HappyBirthdayHarryShumJr. together!
— Harry Shum Jr. Net (@HarryShumJrNet) April 28, 2017
Fan posts on social-media:
— Bane&Lewis (@baneandlewis) April 28, 2017
— Tracey Lamtoro (@traceymlc18) April 28, 2017
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— cyra ; read pinned🌈 (@magnvsficent) April 27, 2017
Last Tuesday (April 25th), Harry Shum Jr. did a takeover on Shadowhunters‘ official social media accounts to show his day on set, and also went LIVE on Facebook to chat with fans. Watch the livestream below and see the full recap on “read more”: