Tonight marks the season premier of the second season of WGN’s Underground, which I have been waiting for for a while. The show, which stars our friend Aldis Hodge is all about slavery in America and portrays the lives of the slaves in a personal rendition that is well thought out. Recently we had the opportunity to interview Aldis Hodge, a self-taught watchmaker, as well, and we bring you a little insight into this award-winning actor herein.
And if you care to watch the trailer as a teaser to tonight, click below.
Here, Aldis Hodge talks about how this role has influenced him.
Q: What role have you played that has struck a chord with you the most?
Aldis Hodge: “My current role in Underground is the most pivotal. It has been an education in culture nationally for me, and internationally as well, because slavery exists around the world, it is s a global issue that is perceived differently around the world. So I have really learned to respect the past. We portray these people with dignity and a fresh, meaningful look at their lives. I love the way I get to engage people at this point in conversation about the show because for me it is reshaping the way I look at myself and the way I look at history – and how I speak on the issues of slavery, civil rights, equal rights. I am more aware now of how current the issues are still today; you can’t ignore it, so I feel like this role is the most effective project I’ve ever been a part of. It was not a role I would have foreseen myself in, so I feel it was luck, Karma, something was pushing it my way.”
For a more in-depth interview with Aldis Hodge, including insights into his watchmaking and potential launch of his own brand, read here.