Tuesday, December 07, 2010

E! Interview with Harry Shum Jr.

Glee's Harry Shum Jr. Talks Rachel-Finn Breakup Backlash and a Possible Mike-Brittany Pairing
Fear not, Finnchel fans! The producers and cast have heard your howls of woe in response to last week's big breakup between Rachel Berry (Lea Michele) and Finn (Cory Monteith). I just chatted with Mike Chang himself, aka the extremely cool Harry Shum Jr., and he says, "[Executive producer] Brad Falchuk, when we were filming, came up to me and was like 'Wow, we're getting hit really hard right now—people are going nuts over it.' " So what's next for Finn and Rachel, not to mention Mike Chang and his lady Tina Cohen-Chang (Jenna Ushkowitz)? Here's what Harry spilled on showmances, the Super Bowl episode and how he got his supersexy abs:

As far as the Finnchel breakup goes, Harry tells me that with those two apart, "At least some fans get Puckleberry for a little bit right? Maybe? Maybe Puckleberry? Maybe I don't know, it might happen, it's a possibility." (How do you guys feel about that? Yea or nay?)

What about Mike Chang's own relationship? Are things steady with Tina, or might she be making eyes at another New Directions fella? Says Harry, "Things could always resurface, especially in high school...in the last episode where Artie (Kevin McHale) and Tina start seeing one little wrong look, they start thinking, 'OK, what's going on? What's going on? Are they back together?' and you know anything can happen."

And if Tina and Mike do break up, Harry'd be interested in exploring things with Heather Morris' Brittany, saying, "Everyone's rooting for Brittany. Mike and Brittany...I think it's great. They make great dance partners and you haven't really seen them, their relationship outside of that."

Speaking of dance, we'll see Mike Chang's dancing feet at work in the Super Bowl episode! I asked about the possible "Thriller" performance and he played coy, saying only "maybe" when I asked if he'd ever done any Michael Jackson moves—but he did promise, "The scenes are going to be Super Bowl epic. We're doing some crazy stuff...Yesterday we worked a good 16-, 17-hour day. We were going hard, and it's going to be a really awesome fun episode...we're doing some awesome musical numbers."

Last but not least, how did he get those marvelous abs we've seen on the show and in Yellow magazine? Says Shum, "I went on YouTube and put in 'ab workout,' and I looked for the best ones, the ones that had millions of hits, and I was like, I think I'm going to do that for like a couple weeks. See how that works out."