He also stars in the upcoming independent films “G,” “Hit Man” and “Straight Out of Compton 2.” Additionally, Underwood is in pre-production on “My Soul To Keep," a supernatural thriller based on the novel by Tananarive Due (Fox Searchlight), that he will star in and produce. comedy "Malibu's Most Wanted" and was the male lead opposite Julia Roberts in Steven Soderbergh's "Full Frontal." Underwood starred as a Marine captain in William Friedkin's "Rules of Engagement," for which he won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Film.
Underwood recently completed a tour of his one-main show "IM4: From the Mountaintop to Hip Hop." The play, written by Underwood's brother, is the story of a rap mogul who gets gunned down. That same year he won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series for his starring role in Steven Bochco's "City of Angels." In 2000, People magazine named him one of its “50 Most Beautiful People.” Underwood's other film credits include his portrayals of a space shuttle flight navigator in the Paramount/Dream Works hit “Deep Impact,” a death row inmate in Warner Bros.' “Just Cause,” a geneticist in Columbia’s “Gattaca,” a sheriff in “Posse,” and a corporate banker in New Line’s “Set It Off.” He received an NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a motion picture for the latter role.
Despite guest spots and even a little soap opera drama, he first raised our eyebrows as a young Russell Simmons in 1985’s Krush Groove and then really got our attention as Jonathan Rollins on L. On the independent film circuit, he has surprised festival patrons as an artist/psychotic stalker in Tim Reid's Asunder and, more recently, as a manipulative and philandering husband in G, described as an urban retelling of The Great Gatsby. In addition to directing a few music videos and a short film, producing is also one of his many pursuits. But all I know is that I received a call from my agent and they were kind enough to invite me on to the show and I said yes. He is a doctor for the New York Knicks basketball team and he is the love interest of one of those four. I think knowing that actor makes a big difference . And she has kind of shown herself to be cool to black folks in the past so I'm not going to sweat her too hard.” It is what I heard over and over, and she had heard the same thing.
Years ago, he optioned Tananarive Due's supernatural thriller My Soul to Keep, which seems to have found a home at Fox Searchlight with Rick Famuyiwa (Brown Sugar, The Wood) directing and Underwood as the star. Law years ago, he is just doing his part to ensure that Sex and the City gets that much more sexier as the season comes to an end. I think I mentioned that it is one of my wife's favorite shows. How is it that you are able to have interracial relationships on screen and still be loved by black women? You are probably the first person to ask me that in an interview. People know how she has supported Denzel over the years and people are aware of that so they didn't really sweat her that hard.
Right now, the spotlight is on Underwood because he has been selected to romance one of the four Sex and the City gals. From the episode guide, it seems that you will be dating Miranda. Well just talk about the experience in general then. You know what, you can answer that better than I can. I have kind of analyzed that and one sister told me I think part of the reason, this is just conjecture, this is what has been said to me. You are one of the few black actors of your caliber who has been friendly to the independent film world.