Harry Shum Jr.

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  • Trivia

    • Cory, along with his Glee costars, was nominated for "Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series" at the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.

    • Harry supports the charity Invisible Children, which works against the abduction of children in Uganda.

    • Harry adopted a stray dog that he found on the set of Glee who he named Charlie after one of the characters of All Dogs go to Heaven.

    • Harry, along with his Glee co-stars, won a 2009 Screen Actors Guild Award for "Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series."

    • Harry speaks English, Spanish, and Chinese.

  • Quotes

    • Harry: (About the Glee cast's invitation to perform by Michelle Obama) It's amazing how these things keep happening. Every week we hear about something new. That reaction was insane. All of us just looking at our phones, seeing the email. [Finding out by email] is the best because everyone gets it at the same time. So if we're around each other and read our email, we look at each other like, 'Oh my God!

    • Harry: (On his popular Glee moniker "Other Asian") I think it was on Twitter that I first realized people were calling me that. We were all just like, "This is crazy!" It's funny, man; it's really funny to have Sue Sylvester call you that. And I knew it was going to be a phrase - people will know me as that for however long. I thought it was funny, but ten years from now if I'm still called that, I've done something wrong and haven't progressed. And the last episode was nuts when they called me Mike Chang - ;everyone was like, "Oh my GOD, you have a name!!!" I'm like, yeah, they just haven't said it over and over again.

    • Harry: (If his role on Glee has made him feel like a role model)I do. That's what's special about the show. You have a lot of crime dramas and comedies, but this show is great because it has elements of comedy and still touches on a lot of issues that are relevant in society today and in school, in general, that a lot of kids go through. It's important that you can laugh and you can also have an emotional or touching moment on television. That's really important for these kids out there that are searching for that. Sometimes they look to the media for answers, and sometimes they get the wrong answers. But, with this show, we're touching on a lot of issues for people to talk about and think about with their families.

    • Harry: (On the most fun part of Glee) The most fun is doing things where you look around and are like, "Wow, is this work or is this all a playground?" We did a number recently where we were jumping on these trampolines that they put a mattress over. When we were rehearsing, it was an amazing experience because we were just jumping, doing flips and playing around in bare feet and our pajamas. It was like our own little slumber party. But, the most challenging thing is just finding the time to separate your personal life and work. When we start shooting these episodes, that's pretty much our lives. Sometimes we're there for 12 hours, sometimes all the way to 15 hours a day. And then, you go home, go to sleep and then you go back to work. Luckily, we have a good relationship with all the crew and the cast, so it's really enjoyable to go back, every day.

    • Harry: (On what he wants to accomplish in life) I would love for, I think what I would love to accomplish is being able to entertain because I feel that's my job you know. And outside of even the entertainment industry, just entertain people and make a difference in someone's life. Whether it be small or really large. So I think that's what I want to accomplish because I feel it can dab into different aspects of your life. So I would love to change or entertain people. And that's something I think I will do for the rest of my life.

    • Harry: (On the secret of his success) Um secret (laughs), secret. I don't really have – it's not really a secret! I guess for me, it's really staying grounded and focused. And when you say focus, balanced. I feel a lot of people can accomplish a lot of things when they put their minds to it, but I feel balance is important. Because you as a human being, you got to enjoy life. And it could be enjoying life through work, through your friends, through your relationships and through family. To me, that's one of the most important things, to stay grounded. And I think I'm, I'm in it for the longevity and I want to entertain people as well as have my own life as well. I think balance and being grounded is definitely the two things that help me get to where I am today.

    • Harry: (On teaching dance classes) A lot of times even when I was in high school I taught a lot of the other boys. Same scenario kind of in Glee, there's a couple of football players that end up joining because dancing became cool. Me and my two friends, we joined and it was this cool thing to do. And from there I'd spend – you know, I had a passion for teaching dance. And then I ended up getting asked to join this group called Dance Explosion which is this big convention that teaches thousands of kids each weekend, different weekends in different cities. So I had the opportunity to do that for two years and it had been great – going all over the country, and actually went to Australia to teach a couple of times. It's just a great experience to be able to teach kids and you know seeing the joy of dancing that's coming out in just being able to dance.

    • Harry: (After touring with Beyonce, Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez, and Jessica Simpson, who was his favorite) My favorite artist and it's because we went on a tour called the "Ladies First" tour and I was dancing for Beyonce, and they had Missy Elliott, and Alicia Keys. And the best part of it, other than being on stage and dancing in front of thousands of people, was to actually every night go outside in the audience wherever I wanted and listen to Alicia Keys just do her thing. And you know, to me I felt like that was my soundtrack everyday and I felt so lucky to be a part of that.

    • Harry: (On if he's close with the Glee cast) I'm really good friends with Amber Riley. Her personality is just so great to be around. You know we laugh and joke about the same things. And there's a lot of her character that's in her. Which is great and really funny. So, I mean the whole cast, we get along with each other and we hang out even after we're done filming. Which is kind of - it doesn't really happen in a lot of shows. So it's really nice to have that.

    • Harry: (On his high school experience and if it relates to his character on Glee) Yeah you know I kinda can. I had a really good high school experience. I joined all the APs and I did track and field. I did actually drama. You know I dabbed myself in everything and dancing, you know, became a big part of my high school years. There's a way I can relate. You know I watch all the episodes and it's so funny, the angst when you're a teen – you can definitely relate to that.

    • Harry: (On playing a high school student on Glee at 28) I think it's cool because you get to go back to high school and re-live those moments. You've been through that before, and you know what it's like. You know how you acted, and what you thought, and that whole thing. And that's what acting is like: taking a situation and figuring out how to behave in it in a way that feels real. So having gone through it already actually helps. I actually love it.

    • Harry: (On Glee's choreography) It's getting a little more complicated. When we started off, Zach [Woodlee, the show's choreographer] had to take it a little easy, but everyone's getting up to speed now. In these upcoming episodes, you're going to see another exciting boys' number. And there's a Lady Gaga episode coming up. That's one of my favorites. The costumes and the choreography were just incredible. I actually wish I got to wear one of those costumes. I totally would have gotten up there. Unfortunately I just had to be a viewer for that one.

    • Harry: (On how he landed a role on Glee) To be honest, when I came in for the auditions, I was just there for a day-player deal at first. That turned into a few days, and then a week, and then 20-odd episodes. It's one of the biggest ensemble casts that are out there right now. So, Ryan [Murphy] and them need to give time and attention to all the characters that were there already, initially, at the start. You've seen, like, Santana and Brittany getting their time, and that's great. Heather (Brittany) is just hysterical with her one-liners. I think Mike will be next.

    • Harry: (About his role on Glee) Well, it gets a little heavy toward the end of this season. As a group, as a whole, we go through things that a group goes through, trying to make sure that we win. We all go through a huge roller-coaster ride. I get some lines there. But, you know, they won't be the first words I utter. I've actually had a few lines here and there.

    • Harry: Dancing definitely fulfills my soul. But believe it or not I didn't dance much when I was a kid. I actually began dancing in high school when a friend of mine dared me to audition for the dance team. I ended up making it and my passion grew for it after my first performance in front of hundreds of people. So sometimes it's never too late to learn something. You never know what you may be good at.

    • Harry: I didn't start acting and dancing until junior high and I did a one-man show in junior high that was a requirement to audition for a play. I didn't know if I would want to do it but then I put my all into it. I did a one-minute rendition of Good Morning Vietnam and after I did that the response was everyone cracking up and laughing. I held onto that.

    • Harry: Yeah I have a unique story. I am full Chinese. My father is from Fujian and my mom was born in Hong Kong. I was actually born in Costa Rica because they moved there to start a business. My sisters were born there as well. I feel I have the best of so many worlds. I speak Chinese and Spanish. Spanish is actually my first language before I learned Chinese and English, so it kind of messes with your brain when there are three different languages going on. It can be pretty intense but I got through it.