Exclusive: Marc Blucas & Jessica De Gouw Dish On Playing Abolitionists In Slave Drama “Underground”

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Marc Blucas And Jessica De Gouw Dish On WGN’s Underground

In WGN America’s new drama viewers won’t only meet the brave slaves trekking 600 miles to freedom on the Underground Railroad, they’ll meet their abolitionist allies risking their lives to help them.

In “Underground” executive produced by John Legend, Marc Blucas (“Buffy The Vampire Slayer”) plays John Hawkes, an abolitionist lawyer whose moral fiber will break the laws he’s solemnly sworn to uphold.

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Close by John’s side is his wife Elizabeth Hawkes played by Jessica De Gouw who’s torn between sharing the abolitionist ideals of her hubby while yearning so deeply for a family that it’s tearing at her psyche.

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Marc and Jessica recently told BOSSIP that they were first attracted to the roles of John  “Underground” because of the script.

“I was begging for them to get me in the room on this,” said Jessica. There’s one scene in particular that I thought for Elizabeth that selfishly was the best way to introduce a character that I’d read for a very, very long time. The choices they make [in Underground] are so incredibly beautiful and different and interesting, I think we were all begging to be a part of this.”

“Every actor, you so responded to the material whether it was your storyline or not,” added Mark. “For me to see a character who kind of starts all talk and gets challenged in the pilot to get in the game and get your hands dirty, when you see shows that are written so well you know that throughout the season your character’s gonna be forced to move and be forced to make decisions.

Jessica also spoke candidly on the complexities of her character Elizabeth.

“Elizabeth is a gift, the writing is a gift, that’s the kind of writing that you always want as an actor and you rarely come across. I think she’s a complex journey, her journey is massive. Her trauma is quite internal and inward and she quickly refocuses that on something else. The scene where we meet Elizabeth is one of my favorite scenes.”

Watch their interview with BOSSIP’s Danielle Canada below.


“Underground” airs Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 10 p.m. on WGN.

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Underground, Season 1, Episode 103 Photo Credit: /Sony Pictures Television

Underground, Season 1, Episode 103
Photo Credit: /Sony Pictures Television

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