Aldis Hodge


Aldis Hodge Trivia


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    • Aldis: (On his favorite part of his character on Leverage) The fact that he is intelligent. As an actor, as an African American actor the roles are very limited. Usually it takes awhile to get a good role and not a product or a stereotype. I mean I've played thug-this and killer-that for so long it got boring and tired. It started to be make me unhappy in my career, but this role comes along, I can actually play a cool person. He knows what he's doing, and yes he's a thief but he's doing it for the right reasons. He's actually an intelligent person, and that is what I love. Everything that went along with the job, great people, great cast, great production and great crew... we actually had a really great set and a good environment. This job has been amazing, and I've had fun working on it. It's probably been one of the best networks I've worked with, TNT, probably one of my favorite jobs so far.

    • Aldis:(On attending the Art Center College of Design) I've always been an artist. I design watches. It doesn't even feel like I'm going to school. I draw and create the whole time. It's like giving a kid a comic book and crayons. Don't get me wrong; it's hard work, but I love it. I'm building up my portfolio, and when I get a minute I'm going to knock out another semester.

    • Aldis: Stage is a very different platform from film. It is the greatest training any actor can have because you have to be "on" at the moment. There are no, "Cut! Take Two!'s" on stage. Stage acting is big and over the top while film has to be more minimal and nuanced. They are two different experiences but both are great crafts.

    • Aldis: (On incorporating humor into his role on Leverage) I started doing stand up comedy when I was 11 years old. I started hosting improv when I was 13 years old. I ran comedy till I was about 18 years old. Comedy was more of a background of mine out of bad times. You know when it got bad at home I just started doing crazy stuff to make my momma laugh, and that's where it came from. It never was intentional. With this character, the team give me so much freedom to be me and add what I can. And we have a lot of fun!

    • Aldis:My brother (two years older) was the one who wanted to do TV, but I didn't like the business at all. He was doing this one job where they needed an extra kid on set and my mom was like, 'Do you want to do it?' And I was like, 'Sure, cool, fine,' and so I did it. Afterwards, she bought me Batman toy. She told me that for doing a good job, she was going to buy me a Batman toy. So, I said myself, 'Okay, how can I get more Batman toys? I know, I'll do more acting jobs.' So, that was what got me into acting, I wanted more Batman toys. But eventually, I came to love my craft. It's still a very tough monster to tackle but I do love my craft and nothing's taking that away.

    • Aldis: I'm only 22, but I have been doing this for twenty years. My work goes all the way back to like Sesame Street, for a couple of years. I guess you could say that I've been doing this for a while now.

    • Aldis:(On his watchmaking) I have been designer since…I have been drawing ever since I can remember. I have been designing watches since I was eighteen, just trying to build my company. I would be in school for it, right now, but up in Portland, it's kind of hard to mix the two. But it's all good, I'm still pushing. I'm just trying to build my watch company, book a film and complete a few script projects that I'm writing on with my brother. I try to stay as busy as possible, because I am not comfortable with vacation at all. (laughs) The watches are hey are going to be called AH Timepieces. I figure if I have the instinct to do it, I'm not going to push it off, because I only have one life.

    • Aldis: (On adding his own humor to his character on Leverage) A few of them are, yeah. (laughs) I have a rule about it because I respect the writers and I respect the work ethic of our staff. I say, 'Give them one straight, and then give them hell.' (laughs) I'll do a take as they need it – word for word from the script – especially when it comes to all the technical jargon that punches the story along. I let all of that be, but when I find an opportunity I take it. And they just ride with me. They say, 'Al, just do your thing. Okay, just go.

    • Aldis: (On filming Leverage in Portland) I believe Portland was the ideal situation because, one, it's a great location. It's actually turned out to be a great freakin' city, and two, they are great tax incentives. It's great to throw some business this way, man. They are very, very accommodating to us.

    • Aldis: (On his favorite episode of Leverage) We did an episode "The Three Days of the Hunter Job" and I was able to really step out of what Hardison does, naturally, and get into a character. I was playing an old war vet who was schizo, freaked out, all bugged out Mr. Conspiracy theory. That episode was nothing but fun to play. There's another episode [which airs September 2] where Hardison decided to take on the role of being a grifter; he decided to just go off and do his own thing without letting anybody know. I'm playing this greasy gangster from London and he's just all color and flash. I felt like that one was just throwing the imagination out there and seeing what we hit. And I think we hit the nail on the head with that one; it was a great episode to do. You know, they're stretching me this year, which I love, because that's the only part of being an actor is to stretch. I want to step outside of my comfort zone, I don't like sitting in the same spot for too long. They're giving me that, so I'm a happy and unfortunate man.

    • Aldis:(On his similarities with his Leverage character) Well, all the personality and humor's there; the sarcasm is there. As far as skills as a hacker, he's way more into it than I'll ever be. The personality is a big thing between the writers and me; it's a collaborative effort because they write what they write, but they also allow me to improv and add as much to the character as possible. Which is really big of them because of the fact that, you know, writers usually want you to say what's on the page -- I always respect what's on the page. I have a rule: Give them one straight then give them hell. Because I like to run my mouth and go off, I used to do stand-up so it's just a part of my nature; if I see a chance, I'm going to take it.