For a long time, he was simply known as the other Asian on FOX’s hit show, Glee. Now, dancer and actor Harry Shum Jr. has even more to celebrate. He’s stepped out of the shadows and become a series regular on the hit show where he stars as the character of Mike Chang. He even had his first singing debut the other night singing the track Cool from West Side Story.
Harry isn’t new to many eyes. He’s made notable cameos in the films Step Up 2 and Step Up 3D, but he is also a prominent member and co-choreographer for the dance troupe LXD which has made appearances during the Oscars, Dancing With The Stars and more.
In the mag, Harry discusses his role on the show talking about how he’s been taking vocal lessons to hopefully have more opportunities to sing on the show but admits, he is no singer. Da Man asks besides fellow dancer Brittany (played by Heather Morris) who his favorite dance partner is. Surprisingly, he answers with Matthew Morrison and discusses the episode where they performed Make ‘Em Laugh together from the musical Singin’ In The Rain. Interesting fact, Matthew broke his finger on the first take of that number but didn’t tell anyone until the end of the day. What a trouper.
Harry also has quite the mixed upbringing. Harry is full Chinese but was born in Costa Rica. And to top it all off, Spanish was his first language. He even shares how in pictures of him as a kid, he sticks out like sore thumb amongst his friends. When he moved to California with his family, he learned English and Chinese (Cantonese). He says that being disciplined in a trilingual home can be quite entertaining in it’s own right. There is no doubt that Mike’s season regular position on Glee will only be a stepping stone of what more is to come for this talented guy.