As a 400-year-old warlock on the show based on a beloved YA series, Shum Jr. has encountered countless devoted fans. But he witnessed the ultimate — and most unlikely — example of fangirling during his time as a backup dancer for Beyoncé.
“I was at Madison Square Garden and we were doing ‘Crazy in Love,’ and I remember these two guys, they were in tank tops and just sat there and didn’t move the whole concert,” he recalls. “The moment you heard JAY-Z, he came up from the ground up, and literally they started screaming and waving their hands and jumping.” Moving into roles on Glee and the upcoming Crazy Rich Asians film adaptation, Shum Jr. says he misses those kinds of immediate responses. “When you make a movie and you do a TV show, you don’t really see the real reactions,” he says. “That was the coolest moment.”
During the first two seasons of the fantasy series, the cast would lighten the mood with on-set pranks. “But we avoid pranks nowadays because the fear of reprisal is so significant,” Daddario says. “Each of us is ready to go nuclear with the counter-prank. It’s like a nuclear stalemate.” The cast’s top offender? Sherwood. “Dom loves to scare Kat [McNamara]. And it’s really funny because she falls for it every single time,” Shum Jr. reveals. “Although Isaiah did get Dom once and literally scared him to death. It was hilarious and we caught it on tape.” Now to unwind, Sherwood says, “We go out on the weekends and spend time with each other, completely unrelated to the show.”