‘Leverage’ Star: Hardison and Parker Soon Will Steal a Moment

by | July 9, 2010 at 3:53 PM | TV News

Aldis Hodge with Beth Riesgraf, 'Leverage' (TNT)

Aldis Hodge with Beth Riesgraf, 'Leverage' (TNT)

If there’s one thing that TNT’s highly enjoyable ‘Leverage‘ (Sundays at 9/8c) has over the ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ movies that precede it, it’s the sexually charged hints of somethin’-somethin’ between team members, be they Nate and Sophie or Hardison and Parker.

Will the hacker ever boot up actual romance with the thief? As part of this Fancast feature Q&A, Aldis Hodge shares a peek at a heist that might prove heavenly in that regard.

I have to wonder, how much violin did you need to learn for the last episode, “The Scheherazade Job”?
I know that whole solo. I only had to practice it to time it right with the prerecorded music. I play it terribly, but I play it!

Will the show revisit Nate and his new “hypnotism” skill, or was that a one-off?
There’s the possibility it might happen again. Nate is a different person this season, and we’re all still trying to figure out who he is since prison. I mean, the fact that he did it in the first place was pretty ballsy! You don’t con your own team. You don’t use your own team as a pawn.

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Do your family and friends assume you’re savvy with a computer?
Everyone thinks I’m computer-savvy! They’re just lines on a show, and I’m an actor, so I act like I know what I’m talking about. I’m very basic with computers…

You know enough to “tweet” once or twice a week.
Yeah, I forget about Twitter sometimes. Then I realize, “Wait a minute…” I’ve got to get with it.

Hardison is of course the team’s hacker. But what would you say his second-best skill set is?
He’s definitely had his moments as a grifter. As far as this team goes, that’s his next-best asset. And you know, he just might be a good planner, too.

Watch a preview of the July 11 episode of ‘Leverage’:

I was watching video on Facebook of you with kali fighting sticks. Hardison could be a hitter!
I’ve been a martial artist since I was six years old. That’s my sport, man. I grew up fighting. Its weird now, people now assume I can’t move! That I can’t take a hit! Yo, I’m an actor. What I really do is get down now and then with the bare knuckles. I love fighting – as a sport. Not street fighting. I stay away from that at all costs.

That’s good for the writers to know, that in a pinch they could hand Hardison a broken pool cue and have him fend off a baddie.
Sadly I don’t think Hardison is very smooth with the fighting. He might break out a stick, but he might hurt himself in the process.

I get a lot of reader mail asking if things will ever “spark” between Hardison and Parker (played by Beth Riesgraf). Is anything coming up?
There’s definitely something coming up, in the episode on July 11, “The Double Blind Job.” You get to see a bit of a crack in Parker’s feelings for Hardison. She gets to understand more about who he is. But we can’t give the fans too much too soon. We’ve got to give them bit-by-bit, or there’d be nothing interesting about it.

Which of the upcoming guest stars do you get to work with?
Of course in the very first episode [of the season] we had my brother, Edwin Hodge. Coming up we have Malese Jow, who a lot of fans know from ‘The Vampire Diaries.’ We’re also shooting an episode with Wil Wheaton, who is reprising his role of Chaos….

Before we go, give us one last tease about what’s coming up for Hardison.
I’ll say this: I know a lot of fans dig the Eliot (Christian Kane)-Hardison relationship, and we have a couple episodes where were stuck together. In one, he and Eliot are stuck running through the woods all day… It’s a lot of fun.