Aired March 15, 2017
Act? Check. Play violin? Check. Design watches? Check. Paint? Check. Is there anything actor Aldis Hodge can’t do?
“You are what my mom would describe as a ‘complete package,’” says Rach.
Aldis, who stars on TV in WGN America’s “Underground” recently won a Screen Actors Guild award for Best Ensemble for “Hidden Figures,” the Oscar-nominated film about female NASA engineers in the ‘60s. Winning a SAG along with Mahershala Ali, Taraji P. Henson and Janelle Monae “was fantastic because that was coming from our fellow actors,” he says.
He jokes, “When I booked the job, and I found out who the cast was, I was like, ‘Y’all sure y’all want me?’”
Watch the video above to find out why he thinks “Hidden Figures” is such an important story to tell.
And when he’s not shooting hit TV shows or Oscar-nominated movies, playing music, designing or making art, he’s teaming up with former Obama Administration advisor Dr. Knatokie Ford to promote STEM careers.
Of his work in “Underground,” which tells the story of the Underground Railroad, he says, “As an artist I carry the responsibility of choosing work that speaks to something. Basically, effective art. ... And we are all vessels in our own way to tell these stories, and it’s such an honor to do so.”
Aldis may tackle serious subjects onscreen, but he definitely doesn’t have a problem letting loose. He commemorated “Hidden Figures”’ Oscar nomination for Best Film with a hilarious “shimmy” down the red carpet with his co-star Glen Powell.