Exclusive Interview: Jurnee Smollett Bell & Aldis Hodge Address Racism, Revolution & Underground!

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Aldis Hodge and Jurnee Smollett Bell

One of the best shows on television, Underground is back on WGN tonight! We got a sneak peek and the first three episodes are absolute fire!  If you thought season one was riveting, you are not ready for season 2! Two words Harriet Tubman! I have NEW interviews with the cast coming soon! But, for now take a look at my sit down with the stars of Underground, Aldis Hodge and Jurnee Smollett Bell.  Their love story is elevated to drastic new levels this season, with a surprise in episode 3 that you will not want to miss!

Catch Underground tonight and every Wednesday night on WGN at 10pm! If you missed any episodes last season watch WGN all day on  Wednesday and catch up!


Last year John Legend took home an Oscar for his riveting song ‘Glory, featuring Common’ from the Selma soundtrack. This year, he is taking that experience and executive producing a new and shocking drama on WGN, about the underground railroad, simply titled, ‘Underground.’  It is not what you may be expecting…this is a modern take on a story that hasn’t been told enough.  Prepare yourself for a group of revolutionaries that escape slavery with impossible odds against them.  The show is filled with characters that you will identify with and a few people you may love to hate! And if you love the show Empire, look out for Jurnee Smollett’s brother Jussie Smollett, who makes his entrance on the show on episode 4!  I had the pleasure of sitting down with the stars of that series, Jurnee Smollett Bell (Temptation) and Aldis Hodge (Straight Outta Compton), who spoke about our countries current climate on racism.


Aldis Hodge and Jurnee Smollett Bell

While we have seen these two in other projects this is the first time they are the leading actors in a television series.  I spoke with them about that journey.

How do you deal with rejection in this business and continue to persevere?

“This is a business of rejection. You’re being told no 9 times just to get 1 yes! ”

“I think you kind of have to just let it roll off your shoulder.  You can’t really internalize it. The thing we need is more people like Misha Green and Joe (writers and creator), who are writing rich characters for us.  Because there’s not a lot of that out there.”

How do you think this show will be received in our current racial climate and the ‘Black Lives Matter,’ movement?

“You kn0w I think it’s a beautiful coincidence.  Cause there’s this real spirit of rebellion and revolution happening in our generation right now.  Where we’re just so tired of what’s happening and we can not take it anymore!  We’re so tired of being sick and tired! And that very spirit of revolution is what is embodied in our characters.  Even though they’re dealing with a different situation, the spirit is still there.  It’s where we inherit it from.”

Be sure to support this show, trust me, once you get to episode 4, you will be hooked!

Underground premieres on the WGN on Wednesday, March 9th.

Watch Part 1 of my interview below with the stars of the show and Subscribe!

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