‘City on a Hill Star’ Aldis Hodge on Not Selling Out and “Participating in your Fate”

“There are jobs I didn’t take, auditions I didn’t go on. It all amounts to where I am now” –

City on a Hill star Aldis Hodge made his film debut in Die Hard with a Vengeance when he was only nine years old. However, by that time he had already been involved in acting for seven years having making his debut as a toddler in commercials and later appearing on Sesame Street and Showboat on Broadway. So while Hodge is only thirty-two years old, he is nearly a thirty-year veteran of show business.

When asked about his experience as he aged from toddler to adulthood during an interview with NPR, Hodge reflected on his changing role in show business:

“I’ve had to reevaluate my relationship with this industry. Because when I was a teenager, all I was getting was, like, thug role auditions and athlete role auditions. And I remember, I was always a science nerd. I was like: Black people are more than this. Like, that’s cool and all, but it has to have a purpose. It can’t just be for the sake of “this is all we see you as.” Now, 30 years in the game, I’ve spent this entire time trying to figure out … what I’m doing here, and demanding more of this career for me. So I’ve made sacrifices. There are jobs I didn’t take, auditions I didn’t go on. It all amounts to where I am now.

And you have to actively participate in your fate, in your future. So I got a mission. And make sure that when people see me, they see a man of content and moral fiber. And somebody who didn’t sell out. And that’s the path I hope to walk for the rest of my career.

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In college, overachiever Christopher McKittrick double-majored in Film and English because he loves to read, write, and watch movies. Since then Chris – who was born and raised on Long Island, New York and currently lives in Queens – has become a published author of fiction and non-fiction, a contributor to entertainment websites, and has spoken about literature, film, and comic books at various conferences across the country when he’s not getting into trouble in New York City (apparently it’s illegal to sleep on street corners...) For more information about Chris, visit his website here!

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