In our Q&A series Last Call, we get down to the bottom of every last thing with some of our favorite celebs — from the last time they were starstruck to the last song they listened to. This week, Harry Shum Jr. takes our call.
With a knack for acting, dancing, and singing, Harry Shum Jr. truly is a triple threat. The 39-year-old actor is well known for his roles on Glee and Shadowhunters, but most recently, he used his talents to kick off the Pixar Fest dance and pose challenge with wife Shelby Rabara. As an avid Pixar fan himself, Harry has been slowly introducing his daughter Xia Shum, whom he and Shelby welcomed in 2019, to some of his favorite movies, including the Toy Story franchise and Up. “What I love about Pixar films is that there’s something for everyone and you’re going to enjoy something out of it in different ways,” Harry told POPSUGAR. “That’s the beauty of these films, that [they] center around the meaning of family and friends.”
Harry has been acting since he was in his 20s, but since becoming a father, he admitted that he’s been looking at roles much differently. “You definitely read scripts very differently because you get emotional,” he said. “In having a kid, you feel things a lot easier because you’re more connected to the innocence of life that as you grow older you tend to suppress. You’re faced with it every single day which I view as a beautiful thing. So I have that in mind with whatever I’m going to do about how am I going to pay it forward and contributing to society as we move forward.”
Though Harry has starred on some iconic series over the years, he has been making a shift to feature films as of late. Last year, he starred in the emotional drama All My Life, and this year, he will be starring in Netflix’s holiday rom-com Love Hard alongside Nina Dobrev, Darren Barnet, and his Crazy Rich Asians costar Jimmy O. Yang. Of course, the one question on every fan’s mind lately is: what is the status of Crazy Rich Asians 2? While Harry admits he doesn’t know much about the latest installment of the book-to-movie franchise, he is more than eager to reunite with the cast when it does happen. “We constantly have reunions. I don’t know if that’s our way of trying to satiate our void of not being able to work together in that capacity, but Awkwafina, Jimmy, and the rest of the crew, we constantly try and make ways to see each other. The love is there and if there’s an opportunity to make another one, then the love will definitely radiate on that screen if we ever get a chance to do it again.” Check out the rest of Harry’s Last Call interview ahead.
What is the last Pixar movie you watched?
Toy Story 4.
What’s the last piece of advice you received that changed your life?
Don’t take yourself too seriously. Even doing the pose challenge, it’s like have fun and don’t take yourself too seriously. That’s a reminder that you have every single day and it’s really carried over and helped me see things differently.
What’s the last show you binge-watched?
Ted Lasso. It’s just a feel-good show that I think we all need right now. It’s unpredictable in a good way.
What’s the last thing you do before going to bed?
Other than washing my face and brushing my teeth, the last thing I do is meditate and try and get into a deep, deep sleep.
What was the last gift you received?
The last gift I got was a 49ers jersey. I’ve never been a label guy and receiving that was pretty cool. I’m [also] proudly wearing [Lightning] McQueen Crocs. I never was into them and they’re actually pretty comfortable, and the fact that they light up, my daughter kind of follows me around with them and now she’s asking for [a pair].
What’s the last song or album you listened to?
The new Chvrches album. Their music is pretty consistent. They make me super happy. After dinner, we definitely have dance nights with the family.
When was the last time you were starstruck?
[When I met] Steve Jobs at the Oscars. He was just someone that you’d never thought you’d see in person. It was just such a random thing that I was talking a hundred miles per hour and then didn’t know what came out of my mouth. It was definitely one of those times where I felt out of body.
What’s the last thing you did for self-care?
I look at self-care as just if you just put lotion on your body. That’s like a reminder of these simple things that you don’t do enough. But again, going back to the self-care of meditating, letting thoughts really pass through and not letting it fully affect you is one thing that I try and do daily.
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