Aisha Hinds On Playing Harriet Tubman In “Underground” and the Show’s Parallels To Current Political Climate

WGN’s breakthrough series Underground ended its first season with the introduction of abolitionist Harriet Tubman, played by Aisha Hinds. The actress admitted to being intimidated about playing such an iconic figure.

“Initially I was very stalled in approaching this work because she is this icon and I was stalled in this place of reverence that in and of itself caused me to break down during the first camera test.” Hinds called the role a “tremendous call to duty,” adding, “something inside of me broke wide open to receive everything this experience would afford me. I think that Harriet Tubman’s spirit is one that I was immediately open to welcoming to guide me to this journey.”

Season two will follow the struggle for freedom within a divided America on the brink of civil war, each side vying to enact their own justice. Set in the aftermath of the Macon 7’s daring attempt at escape, this group of American heroes continues on the harrowing journey to freedom, with legendary abolitionist Tubman blazing the trail.

Said creator/writer/ EP Joe Pokaski: “Of course the sad truth is that it’s almost like we’re having the same problem that never went away,” commenting on the current political environment.

“The story is as old as time but it is contemporary,” added EP Anthony Hemingway. “These revolutionaries left us with a blueprint to move forward and to find our own acts of activism” and “to find that healing mechanism.”

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SOURCE: Deadline – Amanda N’Duka