Harry Shum Jr. in Bello Magazine

Bello Magazine   |   Written by Aleksandar Tomovic

Name: Harry Shum Jr.
Age: 33
Place of Birth: Puerto Limon, Costa Rica
Birthday: April 28, 1982
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411 on Magnus:
Magnus Bane, he’s a 400ish year old warlock. He’s cunning he’s fierce, he can be sarcastic. You’ll find that through the exterior he looks a certain way but there’s a lot of discovery going on.

Filming in Toronto, everyday was a fun adventure for me because there were so many good food spots.
I found this spot, it was this modern Japanese sushi spot. I told Matt [Daddario], and Matt literally went there three times a week. We would all go by ourselves sometimes. Then I told my other friend, who’s a director, and he ended up going four times in one week.

Getting in Magnus’ head
Playing a warlock that has supernatural powers, for me, it’s like how do you prepare for someone who’s lived hundreds of years? Who do you ask? Who do you research?
You can’t go around interviewing Warlock, so in comes your creativity. It was really fun for me to go into the source and pull things from that, and also contribute to my interpretation. For example, the movement, which I love to do coming from a dance background. It was a very different than playing a high school kid, which is still as important.
But it was important for me to also ground this character as well. He’s already out there. If you keep it out there, no one’s going to relate to it, so I gave him a human aspect.

Into The Shadows
From Nina Dobrev’s, fearless Elaine Gilbert on the CW’s The Vampire Diaries, to Kristen Stewarts, clumsy, trouble-prone Bella Sawn in Stephanie Mayer’s Twilight Series, audiences worldwide recognize and enjoy the story of an average girl thrown into an exciting new world, all too well. The amount of “rabid” fans doesn’t change, but the actors who portray the characters they almost always fall in love with do. This year with the arrival of ABC Family’s new name and subsequent reboot comes a new class of stars in this season’s much-anticipated Shadowhunters, based on the popular-bestselling “Mortal Instruments” book series by Cassandra Clare.

The premise is no secret to fans of the book series. Actors, Dominic Sherwood, Matthew Daddario, Emeraude Toubia, play Shadowhunters, whose sole purpose is to protect the human world from opposing dark forces, whatever those may be. Katherine McNamara, plays Clary who on her 18th birthday finds out she’s half Shadowhunter, while her best friend and confidant played by Alberto Rosende copes with the news of this new world, all the while holding Clary’s safety to the upmost priority. Isaiah Mustafais Luke Garroway, friend to Clary’s mother with a clear hidden knowledge of the Shadowhunters and their world. While Harry Shum Jr. returns to TV as centuries old warlock Magnus Bane.

These seven actors much like Clary Fray were placed on their own journey in the nearly 10 months before premiere night, and it hasn’t been as slow one.

“From the get-go, we were running,” says Matthew Daddario. “The second that we booked this, there was already a following and that following was so enthusiastic. So, we hit the ground running immediately. It sounds cliche, but it’s really what’s happened. It’s been a spring from the start to finish. I don’t know, maybe I should have stopped to maybe look around along the way.” – Dio Anthony

The Shadowhunters are essentially like augmented humans. If we’re going to go there, they’re descendants of Angels. But what powers does that bestow upon us? We’re stronger, faster, very augmented. When it comes to everyone’s respetive abilities – It’s a mixed bag.

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After her mother is kidnapped, Clary must venture into the dark world of demon hunting.

Escape Plan: The Extractors
In this installment, the daughter of a Hong Kong tech executive goes missing in what appears to be a routine ransom job. As Breslin (Stallone) and his crew delve deeper, they discover the culprit is the deranged son of one of their former foes, who also kidnapped Breslin’s love and is holding her inside the massive prison known as Devil’s Station. Shum Jr. will play Bao, who joins Breslin’s team on the rescue mission.

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Heart Of Life
The drama follows two sets of adult siblings from wildly different worlds who discover they are related and must reassess everything they thought they knew about their shared father. As they explore the mysteries of their separate childhoods, they'll experience the difficulty in overcoming the sins of the past and learn the joys of reuniting with long-lost family.

All My Life
The bittersweet story centers on a young couple as they plan their wedding in the face of devastating news. The couple, who had been planning their Toronto wedding since April 2014, found out that Chau had liver cancer in December of that year. To make sure they got the wedding of their dreams, they moved the date up to April 11, 2015, and they raised more than $52,000 through a GoFundMe account. They were married for four months before he died.

Broadcast Signal Intrusion
Shum Jr. will play a video archivist who comes across a surreal and disturbing clip of what appears to be an imprisoned android. He believes it’s the product of broadcast signal hacking, but his discovery takes a sinister turn when he tracks down similar broadcast intrusions.
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Go and rewatch Shadowhunters on Freeform, Hulu or Netflix

April 22-24 • Heroes of the Shadow World (convention in NYC) [Tickets]
July 3+4 • The Hunters of Shadow (convention in Paris) [Tickets]
July 24+25 • The Korean Institute (convention in Seoul) [Tickets]
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