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Press: Aldis Hodge Talks ‘City on a Hill,’ His Favorite Boston Spots and More

 

BOSTON COMMON – After acclaimed performances in What Men Want and Clemency, actor Aldis Hodge continues his big year with City on a Hill. Debuting June 16 on Showtime, the drama stars Hodge and Kevin Bacon as a pair of law enforcement officers taking on corruption in Boston. “This show is going to be fire,” Hodge promises. We chatted with the actor about the series, working with executive producers Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, and even food.

What made you want to get involved with City on a Hill?

I love the show because it’s gritty and raw. We’re dealing with Boston in the ’90s, crooked cops and robbers, that kind of thing. What really captures me about the show is that regardless of the scenario and what brought us all together, we’re still dealing with the life of Boston. We’re dealing with these people as representations of the life of Boston and how harsh it can be or has been for some.

Did you enjoy filming in Boston? Find any favorite spots around town?

I grew up between New York and New Jersey, and I had family in Boston. We would go up to Boston in the winters. I have no idea why the winters, because they were terribly cold. Boston’s changed a little bit, but I will say my favorite place that I hit was Ostra. The first place that Kevin and I met and had dinner at was Ostra. We had a fantastic conversation and got to know one another, but the food was brilliant. I was there a couple times a week. Their sauces are fantastic.

How involved were Matt and Ben?

This whole idea was really born in Ben Affleck’s head. They were both completely involved. Ben’s actually been on set a couple of times. It would be nice to actually see him direct. That would be really cool. What are your favorite Boston movies? Of course, I love Good Will Hunting [written and starring Damon and Affleck]. I also really like The Town [Affleck starred and directed]. I thought it was done really well. Then again, The Departed [Damon starred in] is damn good, man. It’d be a toss up between those.

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Press: Aldis Hodge Is A Real-Life Superhero, So Give This Man What He Wants

After years of dramatic roles, the “What Men Want” star wants to make you laugh and fulfill his dreams of being a super-powered badass

 


 
BET – Legend has it that Aldis Hodge worked cheap early in his career. Really cheap. Like, McDonald’s Happy Meal cheap. The pre-schooler was tagging along on a photo shoot for Ebony Magazine, where his older brother, Edwin, was working. The producers had a last-minute need for another cute kid and Aldis’ mother convinced him to take the gig in exchange for a coveted Batman toy. Thanks to mom’s quick thinking, Hollywood has been gifted one of its most intense and versatile acting talents.

Hodge has amassed a colorful acting resume that includes stints on shows like A.T.O.M.: Alpha Teens on Machines, Friday Night Lights, Supernatural and Leverage. But it was his moving portrayal of a restless slave named Noah on WGN’s Underground that made viewers sit up at attention and cheer with their fingers across social media. In the same year his appearance in Black Mirror as a somewhat single father named Jack living with his girlfriend’s voice literally in his head, allowed him to blend his piercing stares with subdued comedic timing. But now Hodge gets to go for the full belly laughs in the R-rated comedy What Men Want as the bartending, romantic, very single father named Will, who gets caught up in Taraji P. Henson’s mind-reading male-strom.

During a stop at BET, Hodge is adorned in gold, beads and denim fabrics that accent flawless skin that has benefited from the sun’s full attention. He walks with squared shoulders inherited from his retired Marine parents. His cape is invisible. If not for the disarming laughs cracking his intense looks, you might think he’s one cartoonish horn blare away from taking off through the ceiling to catch a meteor hurtling toward earth. Between bites of his lunch we talk about the comedy of sex, his fascination with controlling time, engineering the perfect date and being a champion for the people.

 

It was kind of meta for you to have your thoughts read by Ali in What Men Want, because in the “Black Museum” episode of Black Mirror your lover was LITERALLY in Jack’s head. Did you draw on that experience at all for this role?
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UNDERGROUND: Aldis Hodge and Jurnee Smollett-Bell on Season 2 – Interview

ASSIGNMENT X – In Season 2 of WGN America’s UNDERGROUND, which concludes Wednesday, May 10, things have gotten even more dangerous for the main characters. Escaped slave Rosalee, played by Jurnee Smollett-Bell, is now working in the Underground Railroad with Harriet Tubman, played by Aisha Hinds, to help other slaves flee to freedom. Meanwhile, Noah, played by Aldis Hodge, who changed his own plans to help Rosalee, has spent time in prison and nearly been executed, all of which has a major effect on him.

 

Hodge and Smollett-Bell sit down to talk about their characters in UNDERGROUND’s second season, as well as what the show has to say to contemporary America.

 

ASSIGNMENT X: What would you say are the big differences in attitude for Noah and Rosalee in Season 2 from Season 1?

 

ALDIS HODGE: I would say for Noah, he has the same goal, different intention. It’s still freedom, but his idea of freedom is Rosalee, it’s no longer just being out of bondage, it’s Rosalee. So you’re going to see all these months of being cooped up in a prison cell [laughs] ferment through his actions and his choices. But he learns, he explores different situations. He’s put in situations emotionally that he never expected to be in. So we’re going to see his evolution over time with how he comes to understand life, because for him, life is very different in terms of trying to escape again, trying to understand what Rosalee means in terms of family and his overall goal of freedom.

 

JURNEE SMOLLETT-BELL: I think at the end of Season 1, it really dawned upon Rosalee that freedom ain’t free, and that when she says to Noah, “We’re not free until we’re all free” – we lost everyone. We lost the Macon Seven comrades, I lost my mother and brother, found out my oldest brother was lynched, and then I end up losing Noah. So when we meet Rosalee at the beginning of Season 2, she’s trying to put the pieces back together. And she’s been on the run with Harriet, being trained on how to navigate this complex [underground railroad] network.

 

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‘Underground’ Star Aldis Hodge Talks Time, Watches and the New Basil Time Piece

FORBES – If you haven’t been watching the WGN America television series Underground (with season 2 starting in March 2017), you may be missing something. The drama focuses on the lives of slaves and the Underground Railroad in Antebellum, GA. It does so with dignity and poise.

 

One of the key roles is that of Noah, played by actor Aldis Hodge. Born in North Carolina as Aldis Alexander Basil Hodge, the 30-year-old actor says the role has given him a new view of history. Hodge is also an avid watch lover, as well as an artist and soon-to-be creator of an all-new watch brand under the Basil Time Piece name.

 

Underground star, actor Aldis Hodge, is a watch collector, self-taught watchmaker, and head of Basil Time Piece. (Photo by Renwick Scott)

 

According to Hodge, Basil Time Piece is a boutique brand that will focus on haute horology. “We are going into production now of our first flagship model, but we will only be making small limited collections and special bespoke pieces,” explains Hodge, who is a collector of watches.

 
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