Aisha Hinds is a talented television, stage, and film actress. She’s best known for her roles on Underground, 9-1-1, and Shots Fired. Her incredible talent makes her truly unforgettable, whether she’s playing the main protagonist or a supporting character.
Hinds has an impressive portfolio. Other than in these famous TV shows, she has appeared in many other hit shows. But there’s so much more to her than these projects. Here are 10 things you didn’t know about 9-1-1‘s Aisha Hinds.
1. Aisha Hinds Got Shot When She Was A Teenager
Aisha Hinds is one lucky woman. At only 16, she almost lost her life in a terrifying shooting accident. Hinds was walking home and was only a few feet away from her door when someone shot her with a .45 gun. At first, she thought the gunshots were fireworks, but after hitting the ground and trying to stand up, she realized she had been shot. Thankfully, people called 911, and although Hinds’ life was saved, she, unfortunately, lost one of her kidneys. She recalls, “It felt kind of like a really sharp, sharp stiletto (shoe) just piercing, and really, really hot. But I tried to get up, and my legs gave out beneath me.”
2. Aisha Hinds Memorized 45 Pages Of Underground In 10 Days
Aisha Hinds plays Harriet Tubman in Underground, and preparing for the one-woman episode was not easy. Hinds thought that she would have the script two months before the film’s shooting. She received the first half and second half ten days and seven days, respectively, before shooting day. She planned to memorize ten pages a day for four days but realized it was impossible since she had to take breaks and eat. It took such a toll on her that she tried getting the scriptwriter to reduce the words in the script. Finally, despite a college professor telling her it was impossible to learn 45 pages in a week, Hinds proved him wrong. After ten days and a canceled Thanksgiving, Hinds managed to squeeze 45 pages into memory.
3. Aisha Hinds Earliest Inspiration Was The Legendary Whoopi Goldberg
Young Aisha Hinds did not know that she would end up on the screen one day. However, every time she watched television, she was particularly attracted to how Whoopi Goldberg portrayed a one-woman show. As Hinds told The Aquarian, Goldberg gave her a voice because she felt valued and validated. What she did not know was that she was preparing herself to take on a similar role in the future.
4. Aisha Hinds Began Auditioning Immediately After College
Everyone has dreams, and we all envision a life that we think is ideal, but nothing ever goes according to plan, as Aisha Hinds found out. After graduating from the University of Miami, she hoped that she would be looking for a job to work overnight so that she could spend the entire day auditioning. She knew that if she worked during the day, no manager would allow her to take some time off for her to audition. Unfortunately, her life did not go according to plan. Hinds neither had an agent nor the time to audition because her father had fallen ill.
5. Aisha Hinds Is Married To Nigel Walker
Aisha Hinds is happily married to long-time partner Nigel Walker (a.k.a. Silky Valenté). The couple reportedly met in 1992 through a shared friend, but since they were too young, nothing happened. They reconnected in 2019 and got engaged pretty quickly. They have been married since 2022.
6. Aisha Hinds Did Not Believe She Could Play Harriet Tubman
When Anthony Hemingway mentioned to Hinds that there would be auditions for Harriet Tubman’s character, she said she would fight for the role. However, deep within her, she felt she could not do the iconic woman justice if she auditioned. Still, Hinds read the book about Harriet, and the more she read, the more she became convinced the role was not for her. She encouraged a fellow actress to pursue it instead. As luck would have it, the actress had auditioned for another role. When Hinds got the call to audition, she sat outside the venue for three hours, gathering up the courage to do it. She was the last person to audition for the role, but she ended up getting the role.
7. Aisha Hinds Went Bald For A Specific Reason
Aisha Hinds had the misconception that for one to be cast on either film or television shows, they had to have a specific look. For her, that meant long, relaxed hair, but when she moved to California, affording to maintain her hair became a struggle. She decided that she had to cut her hair, at least, because in the summer, there would be no casting. However, she saw herself in a different light upon going bald. For the first time, she appreciated herself and discarded the idea that she needed a bob to get a role. She now maintains her bald head, which has become her signature look.
8. Aisha Hinds Attended LaGuardia High School
LaGuardia High School has for so long been referred to as Fame School after one film and a television series was based on the student life in the institution. Initially, it was known as the School of Performing Arts; hence anyone interested in the arts profession enrolled in the school. Aisha Hinds is among those who have had successful careers after graduating at the school.
9. Aisha Hinds Has An Impressive Portfolio of TV Shows And Movies
Aisha Hinds is a brilliant and talented actor. Hinds impressively long portfolio of iconic TV series and movies proves it. Some of her most successful performances were Under the Dome, 911, Shots Fired, Underground, All the Way, True Blood, Crossing Jordan, Law and Order, and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
10. Aisha Hinds’ Net Worth
For someone whose acting career spans over two decades, Aisha Hinds can proudly say she has achieved fame and wealth through it all. Hinds has a net worth of about $3–6 million. With more years to give her acting career, there’s no telling what fortunes await Aisha Hinds in the future.