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By Suzanne

Theodus CraneAdina Porter 

Interview with Adina Porter and Theodus Crane  of "Underground" on WGN America 4/11/16

April 11, 2016 1:00 pm CT

This was a very nice interview.  Heere's my part of it and I'll write the whole thing up a little later as a regular interview. Thanks for your patience!

Host: Hello everyone, and thank you for joining todayís conference call on behalf of WGN Americaís hit series Underground. Joining us today are two of the stars, Adina Porter and Theodus Crane. Adina plays Pearly Mae, a strong-willed wife and mother who first gives voice to the song in which the runners find clues to help them, guide them to freedom. Theodus plays Zeke, known for his might on the Macon plantation. Please note that the sixth episode of Underground will air this Wednesday, April 13th, at 10:00 p.m. And we will now open the line for questions for Adina and Theodus.


Our first question is from Ms. Suzanne Lanoue. Maíam, your line is now open.

Suzanne Lanoue: Hi. Good morning.

Adina Porter: Good morning.

Theodus Crane: Good morning.

Suzanne Lanoue: This is Suzanne. How are you?

Adina Porter: Iím great, thanks.

Theodus Crane: (Weíre) very well.

Suzanne Lanoue: All right. I really enjoy the show. And Adina, I also love The 100. So itís great to talk to you guys.

Adina Porter: Thank you.

Suzanne Lanoue: I was wondering, how far advanced did they tell you about what would happen to your characters?

Adina Porter: I knew when taking the role that there would be a five-episode arc. Thatís one of the things I actually kind of enjoyed about it, because I had no - when I first auditioned for the role - for the program, I auditioned for Ernestine. And when - after I left the audition, I said to my manager, I donít know if I want to go into this world for 10 episodes and maybe even more, to have to go to that ugly place for 10 or more episodes. And then they asked me to come in to sing and read for Pearly Mae, and I thought, ďOkay, I could - I can go there for five episodes.Ē

And it was - oh, Misha took me aside. I think it was - well it was, it was - oh, I donít remember if we were doing two or three, but she took me into her trailer and she explained how Pearly Mae was going to die. And I remember being blown away by that storyline and I thanked her for trusting me that I could - I could pull that off.

Theodus Crane: I actually had a very similar experience. When Misha brought me into the trailer, she actually showed me an illustration from a comic book, and that pretty much was what she had envisioned like how my character went out in his blaze of glory. And I was excited from that point.

Iím a huge fan of action, and just getting to bring that kind of action to the screen was just an extreme privilege. And so as - yes, it was - again, it was a very dark place to go to, but in the time that I had I felt very privileged to be able to, you know, embody that.

Suzanne Lanoue: Great. And also I wanted to know if you have received any kind of feedback so far from fans about the roles? And if it was positive or if there was a negative, that kind of thing?

Adina Porter: I havenít gotten any negatives. Iíve - sometimes people just stop me and say, ďI really love your work.Ē And I donít know which show theyíre talking about and I appreciate that.

Iíve had kids in my sonís school come up to me and say, ďI see you - I see you on Underground.Ē And my sonís in the third grade.

Suzanne Lanoue: Wow.

Adina Porter: So I was kind of excited that his classmates are watching. And thatís the one that sticks to me at the moment.

Oh, and my youngest daughterís preschool teacher, she now talks to me. She didnít talk to me before but she talks to me now.

Suzanne Lanoue: Great.

Theodus Crane: I got some really good feedback, especially on social media. But the thing that I was most concerned about was my mom honestly watching. Because itís kind of gruesome, and while I have died on screen before, itís never been anything like that. And so I was very happy that I got to watch it with her before it actually aired, just to get that out of the way. But she was very proud of that, and that was the main thing that I was concerned about.

Everybody took it really well. There was a lot of, you know, #ZekeAintDead hashtag it became about. But honestly, as long as my mom was okay with it, that was the only real opinion that I was concerned with.

Suzanne Lanoue: All right. Thanks a lot you guys.

Adina Porter: Thank you.

Theodus Crane: Thank you.

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