Monday, October 25, 2010

Repost of Exclusive Interview with Harry Shum Jr. (Glee)

1. With Chinese parents, how did they take it when you chose a career in dance vs. the traditional stereotypical doctor / lawyer route?

They weren't too happy with the idea. But they always supported me in a way where I was allowed the freedom to do what I wanted. They just pushed for the business route because there was more security in it. That's what they were expose to and I get it.

2. You are paving the way for future Asian-American artists in the dancing / music industry, any pressure?

If more people are getting involved in the arts, whether it'd be as a hobby or a career then I feel that I've done my job. There will always be pressure as an entertainer but sometimes we have to remind ourselves why we do what we do. I do it to entertain audiences and hopefully inspire them in one way or another.

3. What's one of the most difficult things you've had to learn for your career?


4. Do you have to practice many hours to learn routines, or does dance come very naturally to you? Or is it a bit of both?

It's a little bit of both. What's really interesting is that sometimes the difficult routines are easier to learn and the simple ones just don't seem to register. I wonder why that is?

5. Do you have a special dance move that you “own”?

I don't believe in "owning" dance moves.

6. What was your favorite song you performed this season?

"Like a Prayer"

7. What song would you like to do?

Anything Bobby Darin or Frank Sinatra would be fun. Of course MJ as well.

8. What’s it like “re-living” high school?

Those were some of my best and worst years. Now I get to re-live it and not have it be reality. Win win for me!

9. How similar were you to your character, Mike Chang, in high school?

Fun facts. Mike joined The Glee Club going to a random audition. I joined the dance team going to a random audition. Mike was a football player that joined New Directions. I influenced some of the football players to join the dance team. My character is still developing so we'll see what else we can find.

10. Is Mike Chang ever going to get a storyline in Glee?

I hope so. Mike Chang needs some lovin'.

11. Can you tell us about any upcoming projects you have lined up?

Outside of Glee, I am also working on the online dance adventure The LXD (The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers.) We just finished up opening up for The Glee Live Tour and now gearing up for production on the second season for the online series. It's set to launch this summer and you can find out more at

12. Loved the Apple commercial- do you have any other projects on the horizon besides LXD? Or is Glee taking up most of your time?

They take a big chunk of my time. Wish I could do more but then I'd have to clone myself.

13. What can we expect with Step Up 3 3-D?

A fun summer movie with explosive dancing all in 3-D!

14. Will you be a guest judge on any of the dance shows like ABDC, SYTYCD, DWTS?

Ya never know. Maybe. But I have no plans to do so as of right now.


15. Anything you want to say to your fans on

Thank you for all who came out on the tour and also to the fans for showing your continued support. How about we all gather for a virtual hug? Ok I'm officially a bigger nerd than I already am. 8-p

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