Chase W. Dillon (‘The Underground Railroad’) on playing the ‘mischievous’ yet ‘smart’ Homer: ‘It’s like we just clicked’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Chase W. Dillon (‘The Underground Railroad’) on playing the ‘mischievous’ yet ‘smart’ Homer: ‘It’s like we just clicked’ [Exclusive Video Interview]
“Reading Homer was a very powerful experience,” says Chase W. Dillon about his first time with the script for “The Underground Railroad.” Based on Colson Whitehead‘s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name and directed by Academy Award winner Barry Jenkins, the 10-episode limited series follows Cora (Thuso Mbedu), an enslaved girl who makes a bid for freedom from slaveholding Georgia in 19th-century United States. In our exclusive video interview with Dillon (watch above), the actor talks us through his initial reaction to the script, Homer’s complexity, and working with Jenkins.

Dillon plays Homer, a 10-year-old Black boy and a former slave, who was set free by Ridgeway (Joel Edgerton) and now drives the latter’s wagon and keeps his records. Having also read half of the source material and conducted extensive research in preparation for the project, Dillon explains that merely reading the script gave him considerable insight into who Homer is.
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