Harry Shum Jr. as Mike Chang
Mike Chang, a member of the football team, is the guy Artie Abrams lost his girlfriend to. Tina Cohen-Chang fell for Mike while at summer camp for Asian kids because he’s interested in the things that she’s interested in, like his abs. Mike had also tap-danced with Tina when Artie decided that he wouldn’t dance with her. Later though, she and Mike get into arguments that threaten their relationship and the duet they were working on.
Mike decided to join glee after Kurt Hummel helped the football team to train, by teaching them dance moves from “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It).” Before glee, Mike was afraid to dance outside of his room. Coach Sylvester called Mike “the other Asian” when she stepped up as co-director of the glee club.
Mike, Finn Hudson, Noah “Puck” Puckerman, and Matt Rutherford were forced by Coach Tanaka to choose between glee and football. Mike, Matt, and Puck chose to forgo football and stick with glee. Fortunately, the coach reconsidered and let them play football again.
At first, Mike mostly danced and sang background vocals in glee performances. Feeling more confident in his singing, Mike volunteered for the role of Frank-N-Furter in glee’s planned Rocky Horror school musical. However, his parents refused to allow him to perform in the musical.
Although his last name is Asian, Harry Shum Jr. was born in Costa Rica. He learned Spanish before Cantonese and English. He did musicals when he was a kid in school.
He worked on the iconic silhouette ads for the iPod and is a member of “The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers.” His résumé mostly consists of dance movies like “You Got Served,” “Stomp the Yard,” “Step Up 2: The Streets,” “Center Stage: Turn It Up,” and “Step Up 3D.” However, he also did roles on TV shows like “Greek,” “Boston Public,” “Zoey 101,” and “iCarly.”