We’ve been dying to know what’s gonna happen with Malec since Magnus crashed Alec’s wedding to profess his love in season 1 of ‘Shadowhunters.’ Season 2 won’t start until 2017, but Harry Shum Jr. told HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY that he believes they’re ‘soulmates’!
Omg yes! After the season 1 finale of Shadowhunters, the question on everyone’s mind was “what’s going to happen to Magnus Bane and Alec Lightwood’s relationship”?! Last time we saw them, Magnus had stopped Alec’s wedding to Lydia and Alec came out of the closet to be with him! Harry Shum Jr. shed some light on where things stand EXCLUSIVELY to HollywoodLife.com when we asked him if the duo are “soulmates.”
“I think in the books they are,” said Harry. “They’re almost polar opposites when you really think about it. It’s like that Paula Abdul song “Opposites Attract.” That has a lot to do with it because there’s so much that can be learned from both sides. Even this guy that’s been around for so long, there’s a lot that he can learn from Alec and vice versa.” Eep! We can’t wait to see the relationship develop!
Not only that, but we’re going to learn a LOT more about Magnus’ dark past. “Magnus is going to be a character that we explore a lot more. This guy has lived for so many centuries, he has so many experiences that play into the story. He’s kind of a tormented soul. He’s been through a lot and is covering up a lot. I find a new layer to him every time I open a script.”
Whether it’s Magnus in Shadowhunters, or his character Peter in his new YouTube Red showSingle By 30, Harry is so talented at playing the sweet, tender guy. That’s all thanks to his family! “I grew up with two older sisters and I really got to express myself and talk through things and kind of get and understanding of how certain emotions are going to bring you to a certain state,” he told us.
“At the end of the day it’s just these situations that these stories are put in, I just try to find the most truthful bits of it and I think whoever I’m opposite with, whether it’s Shadowhunters or Single by 30, it really comes from that. I’m lucky to be across from someone who helps me bring those emotions out.”
We can’t wait to watch Harry bring all of those emotions out in his new show Single by 30 by Wong Fu Productions, streaming now exclusively on YouTube Red. Check it out, here!
The first two episodes of ‘Single By 30’ are out now on Youtube Red, and the first episode is FOR FREE– everyone from every place in the world is able to watch it.
The second episode is out as well, but available only for people with Youtube Red to watch.
After watching, comment us your thoughts, opinions and emotions.
Too Fast, Too Thirteous | Single by 30 | Ep 1
During their Senior year of high school, Peter and Joanna made a pact to get married if they were still single by 30. After losing touch for 12 years, Joanna re-enters Peter’s life coincidentally at his 30th birthday party. Confronted with the unsettled reality of their lives, they decide to reinstate the pact to help each other improve their dating lives.
Dot Dot Dot | Single by 30 | Ep 2
Joanna attempts to spice up her love life by trying out a dating app while Peter tries to meet girls IRL. Getting mixed results, they decide to swipe for each other and set up blind dates.
Harry Shum Jr. has busy schedule today promoting Single by 30 in New York City. After attending two radios and AOL Build interviews, he talked to Teen Vogue, WhoSay and also found a way to be part of Wong Fu Productions’ launch party livestream on Facebook. Watch below both livestreams:
(Harry appears via FaceTime at 48:28)
TVInsider– Harry Shum Jr. first showed us his moves on Glee, then went on to play sexy eternal soul Magnus Bane on Freeform’s Shadowhunters. Now we’re seeing a more grounded side of the performer in the new YouTube Red series Single By 30. Shum plays Peter, an ordinary guy who has made a pact with his gal pal Joanna (Kina Grannis) to help each other find that special someone.
This is a romantic comedy so things get complicated early on when we find out (perhaps before they do) that the besties also have feelings for each other. How long will it take for them to take that leap beyond friendship?
Single by 30 is full of charm and Shum shows us a gentler side in this role (and, yes, we do get to see some of his fabulous dance moves) but the series lives on the easy chemistry he has with Grannis. Shum filled us in on how it all came together.
What were the origins of the show?
Basically how YouTube really functions is you collaborate with other creators. With this one I reached out to them because I really liked one of the videos that they worked on and put out on their YouTube channel. We got to talking and we got to do little, fun shorts that we created together, and then they had this idea to do this project that was a pilot for New Form and YouTube. They wanted me and Kina lead up the projects and then we shot this 20-minute pilot that did really well, and they decided they wanted to do a full eight-episode, half-hour show. It was really great to be part of something so organic as opposed to, “Here’s a project [where] we thought about you.” I got to be a part of the whole process, which is really an awesome experience.
Since you were involved in the process what was your objective with Peter given characters you’ve played in the past?
It really resonated with me because I was always that nice guy. When I was younger, specifically with women, I never really took a chance and really said what I felt and I think most people in general, when they like someone or they have feelings for someone, they have a hard time expressing them in a certain way. Sometimes when those moments kind of pass you by you bang your head on the wall.
For Peter I think it is that way. He has this idea, this mindset of getting married by the time he’s 30 because his parents are pressuring him and society has that idea of when you hit a certain number you’re supposed to have all of these things. So he is in a way trying to achieve those goals that aren’t really his own. I think we’ve all dealt with that where we always want to try to please everyone else and we lose sight of pleasing ourselves at the end of the day.
It’s always weird when you have two best friends that are attracted to each other, but you also have these walls of one person doesn’t want to get rejected so they never want to bring it up … It’s that fear. But you also have to look at that 12 year gap, 12 years of not knowing what this person has learned, gone through or those things that can’t be summed up in a day or catching up over coffee. So I think there’s those fears that kind of come in the 12 years of whether it be burned by a past relationship and not knowing if that was maybe the right relationship.
I think we definitely discussed that and we don’t want to make it seem like a romantic comedy, they love each other and they’re just having a hard time expressing each other. I think that’s why the pact makes it a lot more complicated. There’s also the motivation of why the pact was two very different things for each of them. For Joanna it’s to do things to be a lot more free, to have this goal that allows her to do more things. For Peter it’s really that he really would be able to marry someone like Joanna and also he has that ticking clock. So there are two very different ideas, and hopefully they come to that same wavelength and we’ll see if they end up together or not.
How was playing Peter after you had spent the last year or so in Magnus Bane’s shoes. They’re so different!
It’s the spice of life. It makes me feel like I’m getting to experience so many different parts of the world without truly traveling. With someone like Magnus Bane, he’s very worldly, he’s seen everything, he’s been through almost everything, he’s felt I think every emotion possible in human existence but still has this quality about him that there’s certain things that he’s still finding new even living for centuries.
But for Peter it’s completely the opposite. He hasn’t really ventured out. He had one girlfriend for seven years but he hasn’t experienced the world, he hasn’t seen a lot of things. He hasn’t traveled like Joanna, who has been all over the world after high school. For me it was really fun to play the polar opposite. In a lot of ways I really related to Peter because there was a time in my life where I didn’t get to do a lot of that, where your mind is completely in a different place as opposed to someone who is a little more worldly and cultured.
Harry Shum Jr. is in New York City, NY this Wednesday to promote his new series ‘Single by 30‘ which premieres today on Youtube Red. He stopped by at iHeartRadio earlier and attended AOL Build Series NYC to discuss the new show, Shadowhunters, Glee and more. Watch the interview below (starts at 10:20):
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Today (August 24) Harry Shum Jr. will be interviewd by BUILD Series and fans get the chance to sit inches away from him!
Join Harry Shum Jr. from 2:00 PM to 2:30 PM (EDT) as he discusses “Single By 30” a romantic comedy show about two high school best friends who made a promise to get married if they’re still single when they’re 30, and now they’ve run into each other 12 years later – and try to honor the pact.
Doors open 30 minutes before showtime. VALID ID REQUIRED FOR ENTRY for security purposes (No age minimum).
AOL BUILD Studio – 770 Broadway 4th Floor , New York, NY 10003, United States – View Map
For those who aren’t able to go, You’ll still be able to watch the livestream of the interview at: build.aol.com
For those interested, Wong Fu Productions will be doing a livestream chat today at 1 PM (PST) on their main Youtube channel, and will be answering your questions regarding “Single By 30”.
PEOPLE – Harry Shum Jr. escaped the dating app revolution, but that doesn’t mean he can’t have innocent fun with Tinder.
“I met my wife during the time that people were meeting each other on Facebook, so I got a little taste of it,” the former Glee star tells PEOPLE of meeting Shelby Rabara, whom he wed last year. “But half my friends are on dating apps and every time I’m out to dinner with them they let me play on the app and I get to swipe left and right.”
Shum, 34, thinks the apps are fascinating but “put in the wrong hands, it can be a little devastating to someone’s self esteem” he says. “But it’s just another tool – it’s the same thing as going to a bar.”
Using his friends’ Tinder accounts was useful research when Shum signed on to star in Single by 30, which is about a guy and a girl who make a pact at 18 to marry each other if they are not married by the time they are 30.
“She uses it as a safety net to take chances and put herself out there but he is in love with her,” Shum says of his character, who meets back up with his high school crush just six months before their 30th birthdays.
“We have a whole episode dedicated to dating apps,” Shum says of the series, which PEOPLE has an exclusive sneak peek of above.
“There are so many ways to meet people today,” says Shum, who co-stars on his new series with social media stars Kina Grannis, Eric Ochoa, Anna Akana, Hillary Matthews, and Manon Mathews. “I say, ‘Whatever works!’ ”
Single by 30 is produced by Wong Fu Productions and will premiere Aug. 24 on YouTube Red.
Foundation Fighting Blindness Launches #HowEyeSeeIt Campaign to Raise Awareness, Funds for Retinal Degenerative Disease Research
Campaign ambassadors – including some individuals with retinal degenerative diseases – and celebrities nationwide are joining the Foundation Fighting Blindness today for the launch of the #HowEyeSeeIt campaign, the first social media initiative aimed at elevating awareness and accelerating research funding for retinal degenerative diseases.
The Foundation has paired individuals who are affected by a retinal degenerative disease with celebrities, including Glee’s Harry Shum Jr., Diane Guerrero of Orange is the New Black and Justin Baldoni of Jane the Virgin, to demonstrate the difficulty in performing everyday tasks with vision impairment or loss
More than 10 million Americans and millions more worldwide are affected by retinal degenerative diseases – those that cause vision loss – including age-related macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa and Usher syndrome. Yet blindness is far more broadly impactful – a recent study from JAMA Ophthalmology showed Americans rank losing eyesight as the worst thing that could happen to them when ranked against other conditions including loss of a limb, memory, hearing or speech.
The public is encouraged to get involved by visiting https://www.howeyeseeit.org/ to learn more about retinal degenerative diseases and make a donation. Individuals can also take the #HowEyeSeeIt blindfold challenge by creating a short video of themselves participating in an activity they love while blindfolded and sharing on their social media channels with the campaign hashtag #HowEyeSeeIt, tagging three friends to participate as well. The campaign will conclude on World Sight Day, October 13, 2016.
Watch the trailer:
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The full video with Harry will be available Aug. 30
Harry Shum Jr’s new series Single by 30 is on its way to Youtube Red next week (August 24). The official trailer is out on Wong Fu Productions’ main channel on Youtube and you can see a little bit more of what’s coming. Watch below:
WONG FU – “Single By 30” is a romantic drama that anyone who’s been through the wild ride of their 20s can relate to. Motivated by an innocent pact in high school to be each other’s backup plans, Peter and Joanna explore modern dating and relationships. Of course falling in love is far more complicated than we thought in high school, but hey, we also thought 30 was SO far away.
If you don’t have Youtube Red in your country click here to know how to get the show.
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