‘Underground’ Star Aldis Hodge on How He Got Past the Hanging Scene (Exclusive Video)

“We’re showing this to glorify the strength of these people — not to impede on the legacy of them and what they contributed,” actor tells TheWrap

Last Updated: June 20, 2017 @ 5:49 PM

“Underground,” the period drama about the Underground Railroad in Antebellum, Georgia, when America is on the brink of the Civil War, depicts such harrowing scenes that even one of the show’s stars had to dig deep and power through difficult situations — primarily Noah’s hanging scene on the Season 2 premiere.

Aldis Hodge, who plays Noah, admitted that he was nervous to shoot that scene because he was unsure of what it was going to be like and how it would feel.

“Actually when I got up there it wasn’t bad at all — I mean, you know, we did the stunt it was all well prepared, well thought out it — was just about the emotional place I was going to be in getting up there and it just, it really wasn’t that bad,” Hodge told TheWrap.

“I think my mind kind of went to a place of ‘well we’re showing this to glorify the strength of these people — not to impede on the legacy of them and what they contributed.'”

While the 30-year-old actor had to endure trying times on set, filming “Underground” wasn’t all work and no play. Hodge admitted that one of his most fun scenes involved learning how to drive a horse and carriage.

“Horses do what they want to do,” the actor said. “It’s like trying to drive a classic car that just kicks back and stops and starts when it feels like.”

Although “Underground” was canceled after two seasons on WGN, if it does get picked up by another network, Hodge is interested in exploring more of Noah’s backstory.

“Does he have any brothers or sisters? Did he ever know his mom or his father? What was his childhood like?,” asked Hodge. “I want to know what built up the man we see today, it’s still quite a mystery.”

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