Harry Shum, Jr. (born April 28, 1982) is a Costa Rican-American actor, dancer, singer, and choreographer. He is best known for his roles as Mike Chang on the Fox comedy-drama television series Glee and as Magnus Bane on the ABC Family series Shadowhunters. He has appeared in the films Stomp the Yard, You Got Served, Step Up 2: The Streets, and Step Up 3D. He also played Elliot Hoo in The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers.
Shum was born in Limón, Costa Rica, on April 28, 1982. His mother is a native of Hong Kong, and his father is from Guangzhou, China. They relocated to Costa Rica, where Shum and his two older sisters were born. When Shum was six years old, the family moved to San Francisco, California. He stated: “I feel I have the best of so many worlds. I speak Cantonese and Spanish. Spanish is actually my first language before I learned Cantonese and English. In an interview, he said that his earliest motivations to dance were from watching Ginuwine, Dru Hill, and Usher, before becoming influenced by iconic dancers like Gene Kelly and Michael Jackson.
Shum has stated that he identifies as being somewhat Latino. The actor was quoted saying: “It’s strange that I am full Chinese and born in a Latin country, but I love the fact that I was immersed in that culture at birth while maintaining my Chinese roots,” and added: “I think the cultures share a lot of similarities as far as family values and the love for flavor in their foods. I do consider myself somewhat Latin.”
Shum has been in a relationship with Shelby Rabara since 2007. The two have been engaged since 2013.