Harry Shum Jr. Named Ambassador for the 2019 SAG Awards

The Crazy Rich Asians actor is taking the coveted spot and will give viewers inside scoop of pre-show events.

By Melanie Camacho Dec 11, 2018 7:24 PMTags
Harry Shum Jr., 2018 Teen Choice AwardsJordan Strauss/Invision/AP/Shutterstock

Make way for the 2019 SAG Awards' new ambassadors!

Harry Shum Jr. and Yara Shahidi claimed the coveted spots this year—and deservedly so, as they've both appeared on both the big and small screens.

Most notably, perhaps, is Shum's role as Magnus Bane on Freeform's Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments, which earned him the Male TV Star of 2018 award at the E! People's Choice Awards last month. Shum, of course, also starred as Charlie Wu in Warner Bros.' Crazy Rich Asians. And let's not forget he is a former SAG Award winner (Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy Series) for his work on Glee. The actor, who last month announced that he and wife Shelby Robara are having a baby girl, can add this new title to the books. 

Shahidi is known for her critically-acclaimed performance on black-ish, and its spinoff grown-ish.

Leading up to glamorous SAG Awards, Shum and Shahidi will perform ambassador duties by attending pre-show events, where they will use social media to share sneak peeks with fans. And during the SAG Awards red carpet pre-show webcast, they'll get a chance to announce the film and television stunt ensembles who are honored for their outstanding action performances.

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Shum's Crazy Rich Asians co-star Awkwafina will read the nominations tomorrow at the Pacific Design Center in L.A. alongside actress Laverne Cox.

The 2019 SAG Awards will be nationally simulcast live on TNT and TBS Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.