Ready to get your con on? Well, Sunday, it’s time. That’s right, Leverage is back with a brand-new season — and I’m sure you all want to know what’s going to happen with Nate and Sophie after that last moment last season.
But what about the rest of the gang? I was able to participate in a conference call with Aldis Hodge, who plays Hardison on the show (one of my favorite characters, of course). He’s the man with the cyber plan, and he’s right on his game in the season opener, which you can see this Sunday at 9/8c on TNT.
Check out the Q&A below with Aldis, where he chats all about the upcoming season, growing up acting, and a certain on-screen relationship that many fans out there might be curious about. A certain blonde, perhaps?
Hey, one of the things that struck me when reading a little bit about your bio is that you actually played the violin, and I did see you doing that in one of your episodes. Right? – Eagle Herald Newspaper
Any plans to hear — now was that actually you playing during that?
While we filmed it, I actually played to a track. It’s much easier for editing when I can play to the track without mistakes, but I did learn the song, and I played it terribly but I did play it. It’s a beautiful song, though.
Oh cool. Any other opportunities coming up to hear your music in future episodes do you think?
I’m not sure, but this is actually a pretty common and familiar question, so I’m thinking we might have to revisit that if that’s what the people want.
Oh cool. And the other question I have and I don’t want to take a lot of your time because I know there’s going to be a lot of people waiting for you but you got started pretty young; about 11 – 12 years old with — between Brothers and NYPD Blue. How did you — how did your talents get discovered and, you know, how did you pursue them to greater things.
Let’s see. Well, I started when I was 3 years old in New York. My brother and I, we were on Sesame Street for about two years and then, you know, we did a few things here and there. I did a film called Die Hard with a Vengeance and then after that we ended up on Broadway for about two and a half years.
Really, I was watching my brother because he’s — my brother, Edwin Hodge, he’s the one who started first, and I followed suit, and I just kind of learned from and was inspired by him doing it at first. And my mom just, you know, she supported me and allowed me to do — to pursue my dreams.
But I think because my mother made it a privilege and not necessarily a priority, at a young age was why we were forced to make sure that we wanted this because she said look, education always comes first. If you don’t have those As, there will be no acting. No As and Bs, no acting, no auditioning, no nothing.
So we had to really — she made us earn this acting thing. So, you know, it were forced us to actually learn the world we were in, immerse ourselves in the craft of it and try to be our best at it because we wanted it and we had to earn it. It wasn’t given to us.
Well, having Marines as parents, I guess, can be a little tough but rewarding at the same time.
She was definitely strict, but my mother’s a sweet lady. She’s one of the sweetest ladies I know. She’s the best lady I know. So yeah. She was very much a discipline enforcer though and all about the education.
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