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Aldis Hodge: Exclusive Interview

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The {C} Interview with Aldis Hodge

{C} What has happened since the last time we talked?

“It’s been a pretty good year. I’m on an A&E show called “Turn” and I did a pilot earlier this year that got picked up, it’s on Amazon and it’s called “After.”  It’s created by Chris Carter of the “X Files,” and right now I’m on a break.”

{C} What is the plot (of the “After”)?

“It’s basically about an apocalyptic world. The apocalypse is happening and eight people come together to try and figure out how to survive.  Unbeknownst to us we have come together for very specific reasons. We mean something to each other but we don’t know it yet. The pilot was streaming on Amazon earlier this year, so I won’t be giving away too much of the story; but I’m sure we will find out that we all share something. Also, we are dealing with a mystical realm and there is a demon or an angel, so we are trying to survive the apocalypse, trying to find out what we mean to each other and trying to find out what this being means to us.  So we get to play around with the themes of the apocalypse, rituals and religious concepts. Plus, it’s by Chris Carter so he knows where he wants to take us, he won’t tell us; but I think we’re in for a fun ride.”

{C} Was there a lot of green screen involved?

“Actually, no. We don’t have a lot of green screen. We have a couple of explosions and stunts going on; but for the most part it is done as real as possible.”

{C} When does it go into production?

“We don’t know a definite date; but it will be later this year some time.”

{C} What are you doing on your down time?

“I’ve been working on a few paintings, working on my watch company and working on writing a new script.’

{C} Can you tell me the story line of your script?

“I can’t tell you about any of them. (Laughs) I wish I could; but I can’t. We are still in the script stage.  If it was in a different stage of production I could tell you all day; but right now we still have to protect our project.”

{C} Have you been back to the east coast to visit your parents? (Aldis is from New York)

“Actually, Turn was set in Richmond, Virginia.”

{C} No, I’m in Richmond. How did you like my city?

“Yeah, we were out there for several months.  While I was there I had the opportunity to meet up with a horologist (watchmaker).  When I travel I like to think, ‘Where is the big picture and how can I exercise all of my opportunities here?’ I was lucky enough to meet a horologist who is here in the states, because the goal at the end of the day is to build a successful watch company in the United States. So it turned out to be a great opportunity for me on many accounts, plus I got to see my family a lot. While I was there it snowed.  I’m a history buff and Richmond has a lot of history but basically what I saw was snow.”

{C} Did you do any sightseeing?

“Oddly enough, I did not, mostly because it was cold.”

{C} It was cold.

“Yeah, I stayed inside.  I stayed in my hotel mostly because that cold, it wasn’t nice.  (Laughs}But it gave me a lot of time to watch “Game Of Thrones” because I had never seen it before this. After the first couple of episodes I was hooked and I watched all three seasons in a month. “

{C} Have you seen Vikings?

“I have not.”

{C} You need to watch that one, too.

“Okay, I’ll check it out.”

{C} Do you have a name for your watch company?

“Basil”. It’s a family name. It is named after my grandfather on my fathers side, his name was Basil Hodge.”

{C} When will I be able to buy one in a store?

“Well, as far as being in a store, it probably won’t be in stores for awhile now; but we went in to production last year as far as the prototype. But, it (the prototype) wasn’t for me what I wanted so…hopefully we will see something by the end of the year. We’ll go from there. If everything goes well I would say a year and a half to two years.”

{C} What does it take to get something like that into production?

“Right now it’s all theoretical. I ‘m designing the piece and that’s crucial. Once I design the piece it has to be built on a computer and that’s necessary to go to a horologist with the specifications of the size and all that.  Once we have the prototype we take it to the horologist so he can build it to precision; but basically the first step is designing it properly and that includes the look of the cast, the shape of it, to counting every tooth on every wheel. So it’s designing it, crafting it, and building it; and once we build it we’ll see if demand grows. It’s a complicated process and I’m continually educating myself and there is still so much I’ve yet to learn.”

{C} Do you have an idea of how they will look?

“They will have a classic look. I’ll say this; we start with design and that is technically quite complicated but aesthetically quite simple.  I like designs that are a bit more adventurous; but in order to build my company I’m going to have to earn the public’s interest. What I mean is that I have to have a fine point for myself and then afterwards I can build on something more complicated, for each watch I’d love to educate my audience on fine timepieces and craftsmanship and how they work.”

{C} I think the reason we were going to do this interview was to talk about you painting. And we have talked about everything but that.

“Oddly enough I haven’t picked up a paint brush in quite some time; but this year in the last few months I’ve been working on something.”

{C} When did you first start painting?

“I’ve been drawing or sketching ever since I remember. I was 3 years old when my mother caught me drawing on her white couch with red lipstick and that was not such a great day for me.” Laughs!

Beauty, Where Art Thou - Aldis Hodge          Faith on Fire - Aldis Hodge   {some of Aldis Hodge’s paintings}

{C} You got your butt beat, didn’t you?

“Yes I did. {Laughs!}. Every time Mother’s Day or something came around I couldn’t afford to buy her something, so I would just make her a picture. It was definitely before I was 10 years old; but I’m still working on my skill level. Some people seem to like it but I still think there is a ways to go. I used to go to museums so I could study painters and their brush strokes, that is how I study,  I just look at paintings and the techniques used to create them”

{C} Did you see the story a few weeks ago about the guy that dropped a million dollar vase at a museum in protest?

“No, I didn’t. Man, wow that’s crazy. Good god that sucks. It hurts to see art destroyed that’s like destroying a fine watch or watching a beautiful car crash.”

{C} You’re a pain right now, aren’t you?

“Little bit.”

{C} Do you have a favorite subject matter to paint or do you just paint whatever you are feeling at the time?

“I just paint as I go along; but right now I’m working on a series of music pieces inspired by my violin. It was crazy because I would play it so much I would hear the music even in my sleep that’s how serious I was about practicing.”

{C} Do you write music?

“I can barely read music to be honest with you. My teacher would play a piece and then I would just play it by ear, so my ears are more my instrument than my eyesight.”

{C} I’ve always heard that people who play by ear are more talented.

“Well I don’t give my violin enough love. I was playing about 6 hours a day.”

{C} Wouldn’t that give you carpal tunnel?

“Well, I’m a little worried about that, just in general because I draw so much.  Being a violinist is the least of my worries about my hands, it’s all the sketching and painting.”

{C} Do you have trouble relaxing because it sounding to me like you have to be doing something 24/7?

“Yes I do have to be doing something 24/7; but that in itself is my relaxation.  I often have people tell me they took a trip or they did this or that; but what I’ve figured out is that there are different types of people. What I mean about that is that their perception of different tasks is very unique, some people relax swimming or taking a drive, for me relaxing is sketching that I have to turn into a painting. Whenever I paint or research watches It’s never a task or a burden, it is something that I’ve excited about doing. The violin is the same for me.”

{C} Do you watch your own movies and television shows?

“No, there is too much pressure.”

{C} Does being an actor inhibits you from watching other people act?

“The thing is that people do that anyway. When we watch something we think either it’s a great film or it’s a really crappy performance, you know. I can watch without picking apart every little piece; but if I’m watching to do research, that’s when I pick it apart, asking myself questions like, how do the actors interact?”

{C} Do you go out much?

“When I’m not working I do have quite a bit of time on my hands so I tend to fill that time so I feel like I’m accomplishing something on a regular basis.  I do enjoy going out; but I do a lot of cooking around the house, as well. As far as going out to a club I might go to celebrate a friend’s birthday but other than that I keep it simple.”

{C} Do you have problems with paparazzi?

“I’ve had a few run ins; but to be honest with you the paparazzi are always looking for a story and  so I keep it cool with them and they respect me.  I say to them, ‘There really is no story, there is no scandal here with me.”  I keep it chill out of respect and they keep me out of the tabloids, which for me that is great because I’m an entertainer. What value that you gain is not money, it’s not material items, the most value that you can acquire is your privacy, because you don’t want to step outside your house and have people stalking you.  I see paparazzi as stalkers without values or repercussions. As far as doing interviews, that is respect.  You’re respecting what somebody is saying; but the paparazzi is about stealing a picture of you and then lying about your life to sell that image. I remember one time I was out with my girl and a stranger ran up and took our picture and then ran away. Every now and then a fan will come up and express their appreciation and gratitude; and I express mine back because that’s different because that is the fans supporting me but a fan is very different from paparazzi.”

{C} Do you have a favorite fan story?

“I once took my mom out to eat and my mom is not always aware that people are looking at us. This woman starts jumping up and down and I don’t know what to do because everyone in the restaurant is looking. Then she gave me a hug and wouldn’t let go.”

The Maddening Of Scheherazade - Aldis Hodge                    The true Declaration of Independace - Aldis Hodge

{More of Aldis Hodge’s paintings}


Source: C Magazine

1 Comment on “{c} Magazine Interview”

  1. Fell in love with you on Leverage…will follow you where ever you go!! Great to see you back on the telly!!!! (((HUGS)))

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