Aldis Hodge quotes

  • I was homeschooled until I was 14, and then when I was 14, I began attending college. Mom was not playing about that education. She always said, "Acting is a privilege not a priority. Education is the priority. If you're not bringing home As and Bs, you can't go on the audition."
    -- Aldis Hodge

    #Mom #Home #College

  • People talk about Jim Crow as if it's dead. Jim Crow isn't gone. It's adjusted. Look at the disproportionate sentences meted out to blacks caught up in the criminal justice system. There's a problem when people profit from putting and keeping African Americans in prison. We need to do a better job as a nation understanding the real values the country's built upon in terms of fairness, equality and equal opportunity.
    -- Aldis Hodge

    #Real #Opportunity #People

  • My mom experienced racism. She was harassed by the KKK several times. And I experienced racism myself, growing up. In New Jersey, we had trash thrown on our lawn every day. And we had the lines to our Christmas lights cut three years in a row. We just stopped putting up Christmas lights after that. That's probably why I still don't put up any lights during the holidays.
    -- Aldis Hodge

    #Mom #Growing Up #Holiday

  • Sometimes survival seems like submitting. And that's really hard on the spirit.
    -- Aldis Hodge

    #Survival #Spirit #Sometimes

  • I love my job, simply because we can keep things fresh, all the time. That's a luxury not all shows have. For us, as actors, it keeps us interested in our jobs and it keeps us coming back to work, every day. A new setting is amazing 'cause it's new for the team and it's new for our characters.
    -- Aldis Hodge

    #Jobs #Team #Character

  • Some of my job consists of me drafting and making technical drawings. So everything I did back then has materialized into something substantial for me today. Whatever kids are into, that might be their thing.
    -- Aldis Hodge

    #Jobs #Kids #Drawing

  • You go home happy, you go to work happy, you make a better project because everybody loves it and loves each other.
    -- Aldis Hodge

    #Home #And Love #Projects

  • They don't really focus on that history here in America. I remember growing up as a kid, history class was very washed-over. They didn't really get into the gritty bits of slavery. It's a very, very small section in the history books. It's not something they really touch on directly with American curriculums.
    -- Aldis Hodge

    #Growing Up #Book #Kids

  • When my brother was a child, he kept telling my mom he wanted to be in the box. She didn't get it - he was two or three years old and kept saying he wanted to be in the box. She finally realized he was talking about the television.
    -- Aldis Hodge

    #Mom #Brother #Children

  • Even though the topic [of slavery] itself is the big, screaming elephant in the room, we still get a chance to have fun and enjoy what is on the screen, and we have moments where we're actually happy.
    -- Aldis Hodge

    #Fun #Elephants #Rooms

  • It's crazy how intelligent kids can be at a very young age and how they know what they know. I came out of the womb drawing on everything; I used to draw on my mother's white furniture and her white walls with her red lipstick and my pencils. Little did she know that would later materialize into me doing what I do now - I'm a painter as well and a micromechanical engineer.
    -- Aldis Hodge

    #Mother #Wall #Crazy

  • Regardless of the project, whenever you're working on something, the best you can hope for is to be around good people.
    -- Aldis Hodge

    #People #Good People #Projects

  • Now, I actually have to a degree, a responsibility to ensure that it doesn't happen again.' I felt pride. When you're up there [in the noose] it does give you pause but I'm no stranger to degradation and dehumanization. I felt a lot of pride to be a part of showing something like this because a lot of people don't know and haven't been exposed to these types of historical experiences until they see it depicted on our show [Underground].
    -- Aldis Hodge

    #Responsibility #Pride #Giving

  • There's still a place for marching for instance with the Black Lives Matter movement, we've seen the importance of causing a scene, being on the streets and making your demands and your voice heard.
    -- Aldis Hodge

    #Voice #Black #Matter

  • I also think it's important for us to hold our elected officials accountable and part of how you do that is simple, call them and let them know when you agree or disagree with what their decisions are and suggest how they should come out on certain legislation that important to you.
    -- Aldis Hodge

    #Thinking #Simple #Decision

  • I'd like to think that in any circumstance I'd say, "You know what? Screw this. Kill me. I'm done. I'm not going to grovel."
    -- Aldis Hodge

    #Thinking #Done #Circumstances

  • It's important for us to vote in mid-term off year elections in the times where state legislators and mayors offices are being vacated. These are the elections that actually impact the way we live oftentimes more than the President. So we have to pay attention to those things as well.
    -- Aldis Hodge

    #Years #Impact #Office

  • A subject I'm particularly passionate about is the criminal justice system and almost all of the policies that impact people's lives are determined on a local level.
    -- Aldis Hodge

    #Impact #Justice #People

  • Democracy only works, as President [Barack] Obama spoke of in his farewell message, if it's driven by the people and the people stay active and vigilant and speak out and let their concerns be known.
    -- Aldis Hodge

    #Farewell #Speaks Out #People

  • The introduction of Harriet Tubman is going to be very exciting, she's a real life superhero so for us to be able to feature her this season is groundbreaking for a television series.
    -- Aldis Hodge

    #Real #Superhero #Able

  • I don't believe in breaks. Not yet. I'm too young. I'll find the next job to keep me busy between seasons.
    -- Aldis Hodge

    #Jobs #Believe #Next

  • I remember my mom had a conversation with Sam Jackson about what she should do with our careers and what the next step should be; I was eight and my brother was nine. He said, "You need to get them on Broadway."
    -- Aldis Hodge

    #Mom #Brother #Careers

  • I was too young to understand who Sam[uel L.] Jackson was or who Bruce Willis was, who Jeremy Irons was at the time. All I knew was that they were good to me then.
    -- Aldis Hodge

    #Iron #Young

  • I was too young to live on campus. I just went back and forth on the bus. Eventually I got my own car and thought I was Mr. Man, so I started hot wheelin' it.
    -- Aldis Hodge

    #Men #Car #Hot

  • Even afterwards when you go through a scene and then step off, sometimes you need a minute to just decompress.
    -- Aldis Hodge

    #Needs #Steps #Sometimes

  • With any good projects, I feel like the off-screen chemistry factors on-screen. It's great when you don't have to force it, but when it's not there you better focus on getting there, because as we live with these characters we spend more time with one another than we do our families at home.
    -- Aldis Hodge

    #Home #Character #Focus

  • The danger in having modern music tied to a period piece is that hearing something may take you out of the moment.
    -- Aldis Hodge

    #Pieces #May #Hearing

  • Because sometimes listening to something will connect to a feeling, it will allow you to emote subconsciously, and you don't even understand why you're in it.
    -- Aldis Hodge

    #Feelings #Listening #Sometimes

  • The time frame and how people treated each other was upsetting, but what's great about this story is that they really focus on the strengths of these people and the strengths of the culture, of who these Americans were. That, actually, is uplifting.
    -- Aldis Hodge

    #Uplifting #People #Focus

  • For me, it was definitely an education in being grateful. And appreciating the civil liberties we have today, the natural liberties we have at home.
    -- Aldis Hodge

    #Grateful #Home #Appreciate

  • I want to give people jobs and put them on great shows. I want to create careers for people.
    -- Aldis Hodge

    #Jobs #Careers #People

  • It's crazy how intelligent kids can be at a very young age and how they know what they know.
    -- Aldis Hodge

    #Crazy #Kids #Intelligent

  • Whatever kids are into, that might be their thing.
    -- Aldis Hodge

    #Kids #Might

  • I'm always ready and willing to just keep pushing and working and going because it's in my spirit.
    -- Aldis Hodge

    #Pushing #Spirit #Ready

  • I enjoy being surprised.
    -- Aldis Hodge

    #Enjoy