Interview with Leverage’s Aldis Hodge
By: Colleen Bement
Denver Supernatural TV Examiner
What a pleasure it was to grab an interview with the artistic Aldis Hodge. Hodge finds art in every facet of life, and it shows in his acting and his artwork. He currently plays the popular role of Alec Hardison on TNT’s show Leverage, and played the character of Jake Talley in the end of Supernatural’s season two. Along with acting and writing, he paints and designs watches. Check out what this very talented young actor had to say.
Q. What projects are you currently working on, both with your acting and your artwork?
A. With acting it’s just Leverage and I’m waiting on a film The East that’s now in post production. As far as artwork goes, I got a buzz on an art gallery in Santa Monica that they’re interested in my series of work on musical pieces. Inspired by the music that I love, mostly violin. It’d be cool to walk in to a gallery and say that’s my work!
Q. I understand that you are an accomplished violinist. Do you ever perform or just play for your family and friends?
A. I’m actually not an accomplished violinist. That’s a bit of a rumor. It says on Wikipedia that I’ve been playing since I was ten, and I was like where did they get that? I bought my first violin when I was 18 and that was the first time I’d ever touched a violin. I go through phases of practicing and I love the sound of the music. Don’t play for anybody yet.
Q. What are you most passionate about?
A. To me the idea of art is the thing I’m most passionate about in life. I apply it to everything. Acting is art to me. Art is imagination. It can be applied to absolutely every single facet of interest in life. It’s all in your perception.
Q. You were in two episodes of Supernatural as Jake Talley and fans talk about you all the time. These were such serious episodes; I’d like to know if you remember any shenanigans on the set that lightened the mood?
A. It was damp and cold and late at night every time we shot. I remember going out with the guys. Actually the boys, Jared and Jensen, got me drunk for my very first time. I went with them on Saint Patty’s Day in Vancouver, and we had a ball.
Q. You are such a hot star now. Is there anyone you would get star struck over if you met them?
A. The first time I met Will Smith and Danny Glover, I was star struck. Danny is like TV royalty and it was great to watch him work and to be around him. Then there was Will Smith. He commands that respect when he walks in the room. I was in awe. I was surprised at myself like, dude; you’re star struck, really? You’re cooler than that, come on!
Q. What do you think you would be doing now if you weren’t an actor?
A. I’d be a full time designer. I design professionally now. I’d be an architect or horologist which is a watch designer. I have a company now and it took me two years to work on the prototype. I’m now starting on my next project and it will come out as soon as they’re ready. I’m willing to take my time and make it right.
Q. Do you have a favorite comic book series?
A. Growing up I was a fan of Black Panther and X-Men comic books. I was also a huge Batman fan. There’s recently been a little buzz online about Marvel pushing for Black Panther, and I’ve been in love with the idea for years. I want the fans to know that the one role I really want to play is Black Panther. I grew up loving the Marvel world, and grew up on martial arts. I still train. When Black Panther came around, he was almost like an African American Batman.
By the way, my brother Edwin Hodge has a two movies coming out. Red Dawn starring Chris Hemsworth and Vigilandia starring Ethan Hawke. He’s got a lot to give. When we get to the top, we’re going to get there together.