Harry Shum Jr. plays gay in 'White Frog' opposite BD Wong

Sat. June 30, 2012 9:02 AM by OnTopMag.com

harry shum jr. in white frog

Harry Shum Jr., who is best known for playing Mike Chang on Fox's musical-comedy Glee, takes on his first gay role in Director Quentin Lee's White Frog.

The film, which had its debut in March at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, will be screened on July 21 at Outfest, Los Angeles' annual LGBT film festival.

Shum plays Chaz Young, a gay high school student who dies in a motorcycle accident, leaving his younger mildly disabled brother Nick Young (played by Booboo Stewart), searching for answers.

Shum spoke to Los Angeles gay weekly Frontiers about the movie.

Chaz, Shum said, "lives two lives. His parents don't know how to take care of Nick at all. He's playing the roles of brother, friend and father."

Chaz's parents, played by BD Wong and Joan Chen, were not aware before his death that their "perfect" son was gay. They find out in a coming out video he left behind.

"Chaz's brother is able to become almost like a man in the sense of making decisions and speaking up," Shum said. "That revelation was helped with Chaz coming out."

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