If there’s one factor 2020’s been good for, it is blessing us with the forged of Outer Banks. Their shut friendship is immediately palpable — each on display screen, as their characters band collectively to seek out hidden treasure, and off display screen, as they hand around in actual life after the cameras cease rolling. And in keeping with Chase Stokes, who performs protagonist John B on the hit Netflix collection, their tight bond fashioned immediately.
Whereas talking with the 27-year-old actor about his partnership with plant-based meals model Sweet Earth, he recalled assembly his costars — together with Jonathan Daviss, Madison Bailey, Rudy Pankow, and Madelyn Cline — at their first desk learn. “”All of us type of checked out one another and had been like, ‘OK, so right here we go on this journey.'” The desk learn was adopted by a bunch dinner outing, and the subsequent morning, they dove proper into boating classes so they may study to soundly navigate the coastal waters of South Carolina, the place the present is filmed . “[It] was type of the right recipe for an superior begin to a friendship that is now household,” Stokes advised CelebrityPie.
“Sincere to God, we may in all probability make one other 10 episodes of simply blooper reels.”
Any followers who carefully observe the OBX forged members on social media know their friendship entails loads of “tomfoolery,” as Madelyn usually describes it when sharing behind-the-scenes pictures and videos on Instagram. These shenanigans usually go down on set, too, which make it fairly difficult to carry it collectively in entrance of the cameras, Stokes admitted. “There’s so many comedic moments, particularly with Rudy and JD [Jonathan Daviss], the place I’ve had abdomen cramps from laughing so onerous,” Stokes stated. “Sincere to God, we may in all probability make one other 10 episodes of simply blooper reels between the entire obnoxious issues occurring in that present.” Umm, sure, please! We’re holding you to that one, Stokes.
On the finish of the day, the costars-turned-BFFs put their hijinks apart and filmed a complete season of enthralling, bingeable episodes, freed from bloopers. “I am very lucky that not simply me, however all of us take the craft very critical and all of us are very respectful of one another’s private area relating to entering into character and taking these moments,” Stokes advised us.
Entering into character as John B meant placing himself within the footwear of a teen residing on his personal after his father goes lacking at sea and is presumed useless. “I believe the attention-grabbing factor for me was attempting to layer it all through the season, as a result of he actually begins with this concept of his father being useless,” he stated. “I simply kind of tried to create nuances in the way in which that he walked, the way in which that he would put himself in circumstances. So it was type of a deep dive.”
Stokes used his personal private expertise with the passing of a beloved one, his grandmother, to assist him via. “I sadly had misplaced my grandmother a few months earlier than we began Outer Banks, and I needed to really return to Florida for the funeral, I believe it was three weeks into capturing. In order that was a serious motivation and draw for me was my grandmother,” he advised CelebrityPie.
“Season one was type of an ode to my grandmother in a bizarre, lovely approach.”
And it seems like his grandmother was watching over him as quickly as he received again to work. “She would at all times discuss seeing issues in threes, and her favourite animal was a dolphin,” Stokes shared. “The primary day we went to work on set, we had been capturing on the Chateau, which is my home. I walked out on the dock and on day one noticed three dolphins. So it was simply very cool, kind of surreal second the place I used to be like, ‘OK, she’s with me,’ and simply permitting her to type of information me via it. So season one was type of an ode to my grandmother in a bizarre, lovely approach.”
Now that Netflix has formally renewed Outer Banks for a second season, we all know we’ll be getting extra glimpses of John B’s signature bandana sooner or later — however that is not all that Stokes’s future holds. He is additionally set to play the position of TJ Forrester in One in every of Us Is Mendacity, a thriller drama collection based mostly on Karen M. McManus’s younger grownup novel of the identical title. The present will likely be on NBC’s new streaming service, Peacock, though the forged nonetheless has to complete filming the remainder of the primary season as soon as the pandemic permits it.
Maybe much more thrilling for John B and Sarah Cameron shippers particularly: Stokes and his onscreen and real-life girlfriend, Cline, are teaming up with Norwegian DJ Kygo for a fairly cool collaboration. “Maddie and I are doing a music video to one among his new singles popping out later this 12 months,” Stokes stated. “In order that will likely be . . . slightly teaser for followers to remain excited for hopefully every time season two comes round. We’ll have one thing to maintain them entertained. It is a actually, actually cool music. I am tremendous pumped to be part of it.”