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If you didn’t watch Underground last night, then you definitely missed an impactful, important and all-around impressive hour of television.

The show focuses on seven slaves who are on the run, fighting for freedom. But it’s much more than a re-telling of the Underground Railroad, it’s a high-energy, escape thriller that makes the audience feel like their on the run, too. Starring Aldis Hodge as Noah and Jurnee Smollet-Bell as Rosalee, the two lead the charge as they attempt to make the 600 mile journey to freedom. Along the way though, there are incredible obstacles and unforeseen dangers.

When HipHollywood sat down with Jurnee to discuss some of the shows more challenging scenes, she opened up about an incredibly emotional whipping scene that left her speechless. “I walked away feeling like that was probably one of the hardest scenes I’ve ever had to do in my career,” Smollett-Bell revealed while adding that prayer and God’s guidance helped her through it. “After I did it … I couldn’t move, I just stood there crying and crying and crying.”

“Underground” airs Wednesday nights on WGN America … don’t miss it!

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