Exclusive Interview: Glee's Harry Shum, Jr.
Loving the new season of Glee? Us too! That’s why we sat down with superstar dancer (and all-around adorable guy) Harry Shum, Jr. to get all the dish on this season of the show, life on set, and what he was like in high school.
Seventeen: Who are you closest to on set?
Harry Shum, Jr.: I hang out with everybody! It’s weird, we kind of make time for each other or hang out in groups. Sp I’ve hung out with all of them equally. There’s times when I hang out with Amber and Kevin a little, sometimes it’s Cory and Mark, sometimes it’s Lea. It varies — we’re like a close family.
17: What do you guys do when you’re not working?
HS: We like to just do laundry and watch movies. And I play with my dog. Simple things. Plus, I have this [dance] project called LXD, and I like to write as well. I’ve done little web shorts on the weekends when we’re not shooting. I did a three minute action-thriller short, and I did some comedy skits with these guys called Wong Fu Productions on YouTube. Fans can check it out, to see other things I can do outside of dancing!
17: What do you want to happen for your character, Mike Chang, this year?
HS: I’m so curious to see what’s happening in the third season. They’re going to be able to explore characters who have been around for a while, but that you didn’t know as much about. I think Mike Chang is kind of a mysterious character. You know that he’s a dancer, obviously, and you know certain other traits, but they didn’t really go in depth with it. So I would love to see his family life, what makes him tick, what things he really loves outside of dance. In high school, you have so many different hobbies. Maybe you’re shy, and you don’t want to tell people, but maybe he likes collecting bugs. Who knows!
17: Did you have something like that, that you were shy about, in high school?
HS: When I was younger, I was very scared to talk to people. To the point where my parents took me to a therapist because they thought something was wrong with me. I would be in a room full of people being loud and running around, and I’d be in the corner just playing with the wall. So I was very, very quiet, but when I really got into the arts, that opened me up. It was a big step, to go from not talking to people to stepping on to a stage. That’s when I felt the most comfortable, because I could do anything I wanted to and say anything I wanted to, even if people didn’t laugh. Luckily, they did laugh and that boosted my confidence and I was able to translate that into real life. It was kinda cool.