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Aldis Hodge would like to have gone to watchmaking school; he just hasn't had time. The actor — who portrayed MC Ren in 2015's Straight Outta Compton and starred for five seasons on TNT's Leverage — studied horology as an undergrad at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design, basically creating his own major. "They didn't have a watchmaking course. I consider myself a self-taught horologist," says Hodge, 29, who stars next in the upcoming WGN America series Underground about the underground railroad, due out early next year.
Additional schooling would have gotten in the way of his on-fire acting career, which includes starring in the upcoming Jack Reacher sequel with Tom Cruise. So Hodge indulges his passion for watches between takes.
"The watches I love are haute aspirational," says Hodge, a fan of such whizbang features as minute-repeater functions (which beautifully chime the hour) and mechanisms that find new ways to control force within a watch. "I'd like people to become more familiar with high-end engineering."
These days, Hodge isn't just collecting watches. He's sketching them as well. In the next few years, he plans to launch a timepiece line called Basil (his middle name) and says he's working with a strategist who's behind an established brand. Beyond that, he won't say much — "we have to protect everything" — but among his ambitions is to produce his own in-house movement. "If I wear a watch, I want it to tell a story."
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