‘Glee’ star Harry Shum Jr. has lent his dancing abilities to dozens of notable projects, but one he’ll always remember is being a silhouetted dancer in one of the first iPod commercials several years ago! Watch it here!
We all know Harry Shum Jr. best as Mike Chang from Glee. However, you might not even realize it, but you probably knew him first as the dancing dude from the popular iPod commercials! Following Apple founder Steve Jobs‘s tragic death Oct. 5, the 29-year-old performer relived his experience as the mohawk dancer in the creative ad campaign we’ll never forget.
“I was asked to do a test commercial shoot for an Apple product which didn’t mean much to me at the time,” he wrote on his Tumblr. “Some music player that holds all your songs. Sounded cool to me and I never gave up an opportunity to work especially with the possibility of it turning into a national commercial. Coolest job I did in that time. Just for the fact that I was chosen for my dancing and just my dancing alone. It was a silhouette of me so looks and race didn’t play into it unlike most of the jobs I would audition for. That job is where I essentially got comfortable freestyling in front of people let alone an intimidating 70 pound camera. I would do hundreds of takes with scrapes and bruises on my knees forming by the minute. Even then I always had the energy to go ‘one more time’ because I just felt that I was part of something innovative.”
Watch Harry’s reel to see the original commercials featuring his smooth moves. Since then, he’s even starred in more Apple ads!