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.
Harry Shum Jr.
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.
Yesterday (September 11) Harry attended the “Katie Says Goodbye” TIFF Party hosted by CIROC and Grolsch at Storys Building Toronto.
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Last Wednesday (August 24) Harry Shum Jr. attended AOL BUILD Series in New York City to promote his new show ‘Single by 30‘. He also did a photo session for them and AOL released four photos on their Facebook page. Check it out below:
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