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.
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”:
Clary is sidelined by Iris’ blood oath, while the Downworld begins to fall apart, in “Bound By Blood,” an all-new episode of “Shadowhunters,” airing MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27 (8:00 – 9:00 p.m. EST), on Freeform.
With word getting out that Clary is a key part of Valentine’s plan, the Downworlders are at odds on how to handle the issue. But when Iris activates her blood oath, Clary has more to worry about than hiding from Valentine and the Downworlders.
Meanwhile, Isabelle and Raphael get closer as Alec tries to figure out what’s going on with his sister.
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Max’s Rune Ceremony brings everyone’s fears to the forefront in “Love Is A Devil,” an all-new episode of “Shadowhunters,” airing MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20 (8:00 – 9:00 p.m. EST), on Freeform.
Tasked with arranging his brother Max’s Rune Ceremony, Alec decides this would be the perfect opportunity for his family to get to know Magnus. But with tensions flying among the different Shadowhunters, Max’s big event quickly becomes an evening where they all must face their biggest fears.
Meanwhile, Simon makes a bold move as Isabelle finds an unlikely new ally.
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Last Saturday (February 11), Shadowhunters‘ Katherine McNamara, Dominic Sherwood, Harry Shum Jr, Alan van Sprang and Will Tudor went to Archers Arena in Toronto to celebrate fellow cast member Isaiah Mustafa’s 43rd birthday. See the photos below:
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Clary and Luke find themselves at odds over Cleo in “How Are Thou Fallen,” an all-new episode of “Shadowhunters,” airing MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13 (8:00 – 9:00 p.m. EST), on Freeform.
Luke’s sister shows up at the Jade Wolf claiming innocence about the recent attack. But with Luke not trusting a word Cleo says, he finds himself at odds with Clary who sees an opportunity to get to Valentine. Yet how far will Clary go to prove she is right about Cleo?
Meanwhile, Simon gets dating advice from a surprising source as Isabelle takes a dangerous path.
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Clary and Isabelle head to The Citadel looking for answers in “Iron Sisters,” an all-new episode of “Shadowhunters,” airing MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6 (8:00 – 9:00 p.m. EST), on Freeform.
To help get answers to what Valentine may be planning, Isabelle and Clary are sent on a mission to visit the Iron Sisters. Once there, more truths may be revealed than Izzy and Clary planned. On a mission of their own, Simon and Maia are determined to find Luke who is still missing after the demon attack at the Institute.
Meanwhile, Magnus and Alec finally go on their first date.
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THE INSTITUTE COMES UNDER ATTACK IN AN ALL-NEW EPISODE OF FREEFORM’S HIT ORIGINAL SERIES ‘SHADOWHUNTERS’ ON MONDAY, JANUARY 23
No one is safe when the Shadowhunters come up against a new kind of demon in “Day of Wrath,” an all-new episode of “Shadowhunters,” airing MONDAY, JANUARY 23 (8:00 – 9:00 p.m. EST), on Freeform.
Clary continues to struggle with the new Shadowhunter order as Jace is being held in The City of Bones with an unknown fate, and all suspicion in the Shadowhunter world continues to rest on Valentine’s daughter. When duty calls, Clary gets a little reprieve from the family drama as she helps Alec and Isabelle hunt down a powerful demon. But what starts out as a routine mission quickly puts the Institute on high alert, and what happens next will change everything for the Shadowhunters and their Downworlder friends.
Meanwhile, Jocelyn has a proposition for Clary as Raphael and Simon ramp up their hunt for Camille.
“Shadowhunters” is produced by Constantin Film and executive-produced by Todd Slavkin, Darren Swimmer, McG, Michael Reisz, Matt Hastings, Mary Viola, Martin Moszkowicz and Robert Kulzer. The series stars Katherine McNamara as Clary Fray, Dominic Sherwood as Jace Wayland, Alberto Rosende as Simon Lewis, Emeraude Toubia as Isabelle Lightwood, Matthew Daddario as Alec Lightwood, Isaiah Mustafa as Luke Garroway and Harry Shum Jr. as Magnus Bane.
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Harry Shum Jr. and his castmates Dominic Sherwood, Katherine McNamara and Isaiah Mustafa spent the day doing press for Shadowhunters season 2 this Tuesday (December 13). Harry stopped by TV Guide Magazine and did a Facebook LIVE chat with fans. He talked about what’s coming next on Shadowhunters, Malec, Single By 30 and his new projects. You can watch it below:
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Harry Shum Jr. attended the premiere of Walt Disney Pictures And Lucasfilm’s “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” this Saturday (December 10, 2016) at Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, California. Check out the red carpet photos below:
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