Jaws dropped when 6’1, white-glimmery toothed Aldis Hodge popped up on the silver screen glistening as brave character Noah in the breakout hit Underground.
Fans didn’t just notice his physical stature, but they immediately noted the nobility and strength he brought to the role.
Underground, produced by singer John Legend, follows the daring escape of slaves to freedom. The narrative zeroes in on the budding romance between Noah and Rosalie (played by Jurnee Smolett-Bell) and how their love supported their journey.
Aldis explains the script drew him in instantly – particularly when Noah took lashes for his love interest, Rosalie, in one hard-to-watch scene. At a time when some Black Americans (cough cough, Snoop Dogg) seem to be a little over the slave narrative story, Aldis emphasizes the importance of this story:
“I knew this was about the revelation – not the victimization. People have not really dealt with that part of American history.”
Despite the surface backlash, the show was well received, and will be returning for a second season (inserts my praise dance).
This will give soon-to-be fans time to catch up on the latest episodes, and, of course, fall in love with the glowing brown skin talent of this guy.
“Honestly I wasn’t even aware that I had a heartthrob status, although, I was just talking about this, one media outlet labeled me a panty melter. Panty melter, that just sounds so dirty,” Aldis says.