What’s up, internet? Let’s get into it. It’s time, once again, to meet the Angry Reader of the Week, spotlighting you, the very special readers of this website. Over the years, I’ve been able to connect with a lot of cool folks, and this is a way of showing some appreciation and attention to the people who help make this blog what it is. This week’s Angry Reader is Harry Shum Jr.
Who are you?
I am Harry Shum Jr.
What are you?
A being trying to be more human everyday.
Where are you?
Currently in my Toronto home burning in the scorching sun.
Where are you from?
I hail from the tropics of Límon, Costa Rica
What do you do?
I hold a food trial daily where I judge food by how it reacts to my taste buds and dabble in the arts and entertainment field.
What are you all about?
I’m all about finding balance in everything. Learning about both (or multiple) sides of the story. I gravitate to things that make me go “ooooooh” and still fascinated by things that make me go “hmmmm” while avoiding most things that make me go “grrrrrrr.”
What makes you angry?
Close-minded people and mosquitos.
kore.com- An age-old pact between young friends on the cusp of adulthood – of the “If we’re both single by the time we turn 30, let’s get married to each other” variety – turns all too real for two millennials in “Single By 30,” an eight-episode rom-com by Wong Fu Productions.
Harry Shum Jr. plays Peter, the leading man, as he navigates the Los Angeles dating scene and as he rekindles his friendship with Kina Grannis’ Joanna, who as the series begins is back in town and in the midst of her own quarter-life crisis. The pair lead a cast of YouTube stars that includes Eric Ochoa and Anna Akana, fitting choices given the show’s home on YouTube Red, and its status as one of the video giant’s first experiments in original content creation on par with Netflix, Amazon or Hulu.
“It’s been great to hear how people are really relating to this story, or even talking about how they’ve also made pacts themselves in high school and are reliving it through the series,” Shum, who is currently filming for another series, “Shadowhunters,” in Toronto, said. As it turns out, the actor sees a lot of himself in Peter, in both background and in life perspective.
“[Like Peter] I also had that idea of, you have to be married at a certain age and the pressures of finding a girlfriend and thinking about when you’re going to have babies for your parents,” Shum said. “What I really relate to Peter is, he has this idea that he needs to get over, of what his life should be as opposed to what his life could be. That was a revelation for me when I realized that I live for myself in my own life.”
It didn’t take much to sell Shum on the the series – he’s been a close collaborator of Wong Fu’s Phil Wang and Wesley Chan for years, having starred in a handful of the duo’s shorts. What he’s appreciated about them over the years, he said, is the role they play in giving a voice to Asians in the industry.
Some of that has to do with Asian talents taking it upon themselves to begin a dialogue with showrunners and writers about diversity, Shum said, while some has to do with Asians creating their own platforms instead of lamenting the lack of one, in particular with the availability and growing influence of online vehicles like YouTube.
Wong Fu Productions reunited ‘Single by 30‘ cast (including Harry Shum Jr, Kina Grannis and Eric Ochoa) and producers Wesley Chan and Philip Wang for a livestream on their Facebook page. They watched episode 4 live and answered a few questions right after. Watch the stream below:
Never Have I Ever | Single by 30 | Ep 4
Joanna reconnects with an ex as Peter tries to impress Sarah’s friends. Mark and Chloe attempt to take their relationship to the next level, by going on an “official” date.
Foundation Fighting Blindness reunited a few personalities to challenge them to do something they’re used to do, but this time blindfolded. Shadowhunters‘ Harry Shum Jr. and Orange Is The New Black’s Diane Guerrero were some of the celebrities who supported the campaign #HowEyeSeeIt. Harry shot a video dancing with his eyes covered alongside dancer Benjamin Yonattan, and you can watch it below:
Make sure to check out FFB site and know how to support them.
Photographs by Miko Lim Styled by Juliet Vu Creative director Melvin Chan Words by Zech Pharamond
Harry Shum Jr. straddles a unique divide in his Chinese Parentage-Costa Rican heritage. Plus he’s a bonafide actor who has danced for some of the biggest names in music. Here’s a quick peek into his life these days.
Glee was a phenomenal pop-oddity. By accepting that we’re all square pegs of one sort or another, bumping into round holes until we find the perfect nook, the socially-inclusive TV show won fans of every colour and creed. In a sense, being true to yourself is one of the oldest marketing pitches you can run into.
But when presented with such musical magnificence, punctuated with familliar scenarios of awkward teenhood and self discovery -something most adults still experience- the world could instantly relate. In the middle of those whirlwind seasons, when even my sullen-stoic-father would share a couple of episodes with me, was the wonderful Harry Shum Jr. Standing head and shoulders over most of the cast as the other Asian opposite Jenna Ushkowitz, Shum’s Mike Chang went from cameo king to main cast celebrity by the third season, creating his own bit of history by performing the show’s first solo dance routine in the process.
And the rest, as they resign contentedly, is history.
Born to parents who emigrated from Hong Kong’s urban sprawl to sweaty-groovy-Costa Rica and finally San Francisco when Shum turned five, it’s a little wonder he used to speak Spanish ass a first language, then English and Cntonese. Genial, gracious and engaged, he explained how his uncommon upbringing taught him to see people as they were, minus the racial cataloging.
“Before I came to the United States, I had no idea that there were differences in skin colour and race. I just saw everyone as people. But as I got older, I would hear that I was supposed to be this particular way or follow this stereotype, and things got a little cloudy and confusing. But I think because of the way I started out, my foundation is so multi-cultural, it reminds me to stay open– that you don’t have to fit in or be a type.”
What a way to set the stage for his breakthrough TV show. But he hadn’t always been the typical struggling actor. What started as a teenage dare to join the high-school dance team, turned into a lifelong passion, that last saw him lead-dancing on world tours for J-Lo, Beyoncé, Mariah Carey and Jessica Simpson. He’s also an accomplished choreographer with appearances on Stomp The Yard, You Got Served and the Step Up Series. Serious credentials then, but not mutually exclusive from his acting chops.
“I’m an actor and a dancer. I was an actor before I started dancing but that doesn’t mean I’m one less than the other. I have always viewed dancing as a form of acting, because when a dancer is dancing he should be telling a story through movement. There should be an emotion behind each motion, whether it’s light and happy or heavy and sad. I love all forms of art, so I wouldn’t limit myself to only one title.”
A lucid perspective which has won him another central role on Shadowhunters, a series based on Cassandra Clare’s popular novel The Mortal Instruments plus, a big screen part in gangster epic Revenge Of The Green Dragons, and a lead role in kung fu masterpiece, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon 2: Sword of Destiny. He describes his first martial arts picture as being emotionally, physically, and mentally demanding. While every role should justly push the envelope, Shum thought the highly-anticipated sequel was the most stringent streching he’s ever endured. But fans of the original balletic action film can rest assured he’s done his homework, and was geared towards honouring the original from day one.
“The first one was incredible. I remember showing my friends because I was so proud that there was this film that had strong characters, great story and the martial arts was out of this world. Yuen Woo-Ping’s a legend in this martial arts world. A lot of people think you’re just making a sequel to make a sequel, but the first film follows a five book series
Here, Shum answeres a couple of quick questions for August Man Malaysia.
What about your career do you love most?
That my parents are proud of me. Everyday, I’m fascinated with how I even got here. Daily, I slap myself three times. First time, is to make sure I’m awake and not dreaming. Second time, is to tell myself to never be a jerk no matter what. And third, is for my younger self that I ever even doubted myself.
What would you be doing if you weren’t in showbiz?
(Silent) I’m not really sure to tell you the truth. (Beat) Man, I hope this whole showbiz thing works out… [Now, I’m paranoid]
Tell us about you GLEE experience i.e share some of the most important things you learned about acting and yourself from working on the series.
I learned to be okay with being scared. The dancing was something I was used to but the spotlight, singing and acting was terrifying to me. I realised that I sometimes work better when I’m terrified because it makes me feel alive. Ryan Murphy does a great job of making you believe you can do anything and I had no room to fall. In a way, it was a boot camp with long hours, vocal-training, dance rehearsals, and going on tours. Everything seems a lot easier having gone through that.
What did you expect from Shadowhunters before signing up and how has that changed?
I didn’t expect to have as much fun as I did. I was excited to play Magnus and work with a new cast but I didn’t have much time to soak it in after I was cast as I was on a plane the next day to start filming. I do have a lot more appreciation for people who wear make-up, paint their nails and the whole get up. I’ve gotten down to 12 minutes with my clean up, I’m pretty proud of that. Magnus, I love that guy.
- ‘The Laterals’ + Outtakes, January 2016
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XBOX – Survival starts in the core, and today Microsoft Studios unveiled a new look into ReCore’s adventure-filled world, Far Eden, and its heroine, Joule Adams. Narrated by Joule’s father, Dr. Thomas Adams, the video takes a deeper look at Joule’s journey, revealing new gameplay and characters from ReCore’s cinematic story as well as the qualities Joule inherited from her father; qualities that will help her and her Corebot companions to bring new life and hope to Far Eden.
In addition to these new insights into ReCore’s gameplay and story, we’re also excited to reveal some of the actors helping bring ReCore to life: Joule (Erika Soto, Halo Wars 2), Dr. Adams (Connor Trinneer, Stargate: Atlantis and Star Trek: Enterprise), and the mysterious Kai Brehn, who makes his first appearance in today’s trailer (Harry Shum Jr., Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments and Glee).
Developed by legendary creator Keiji Inafune and Armature Studio, the team behind the Metroid Prime series, ReCore is an exclusive new IP for Xbox One and Windows 10 that marries action and platforming gameplay with incredible visuals, unique art and an emotional, engaging story. ReCore is the first game to feature Xbox Play Anywhere, with one purchase of $40 USD providing access to the game on both Xbox One and Windows 10 and progress shared across devices for easy picking up where you left off, no matter where you play.
ReCore will be available on Sept. 13 (North America, Latin America, Asia Pacific except Japan); Sept. 15 (Japan); and Sept. 16 (EMEA) and will be fully localized (voice and text) in English, German, French, Italian, Spanish (LATAM), Brazilian Portuguese and Russian, and will include language support (UI and subtitles) for Spanish (Iberian), Chinese (simplified and traditional), Japanese and Korean. To learn more about ReCore, visit http://www.recoregame.com/.
Below are some behind-the-scenes images released by Microsoft of Soto and Shum Jr., and also the launch trailer:
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NEW YORK COMIC CON – Freeform Season 2 Q&A with Executive Producers & Cast
Saturday, October 8 – 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Your favorite Shadowhunters and Downworlders are back from Season Two of the hit Freeform show, Shadowhunters! Get an exclusive first look at footage from the premiere and hear what Season Two has in store. Executive producers Todd Slavkin, Darren Swimmer, McG and cast to appear on the Panel.
To learn more about tickets, guests and anything else NYCC related, make sure to visit their official site clicking here.
Episode 3 of ‘Single by 30’ is out on Youtube Red, so you can purchase and watch it right now. If you haven’t watched episode 1 and 2, click here. New episodes every Wednesdays.
Hold the phone! | Single by 30 | Ep 3
Peter and Joanna revisit their college years when they see Grace’s first DJ set at a frat party. Mark and Chloe take their mind games to the next level.