WGN America’s hit series “Underground” airs its third episode on Wednesday (March 23) and if it’s one thing fans have noticed thus-far, it’s that Noah and Rosalee have a thing for longing glances. These moments have been encapsulated into one singular phrase: “The Gaze.”
“A lot of this show is not in dialogue,” says Jurnee Smollett-Bell. “The plot’s pushed forward through gazes.”
It’s quite obvious that there is a budding romance between Noah and Rosalee, from the first moment they met where she tended to his wounds, to the dance they shared in Episode 2, “War Chest.”
With so many threats around every corner, it’s safe to say a budding love between a slave stationed inside the plantation and one that is planning an escape would need to be kept on the down low. Still, the connection between the two characters jumps off the screen. Who knew the power of a gaze could be so strong?
“We dip into the romance a little bit,” says Aldis Hodge. “We get romantical, you know?”
With the amount of gazes the actors tackle, Smollett-Bell and Hodge has given names to the different styles of eye-acting. There’s “The Longing Gaze” and “The I Miss You Gaze” but by the looks of thing, the “Don’t You Want To Dance With Me Gaze” seems like the most fun.
“Underground” airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on WGN America.