If there's one thing that was good for 2020, bless us with the cast of Outer banks. Their close friendship is instantly felt – both on the screen when their characters team up to uncover hidden gems and off the screen when they hang out in real life after the cameras stop rolling. And according to Chase Stokes, who plays the protagonist John B in the successful Netflix series, their close bond was formed immediately.
While talking to the 27-year-old actor about his partnership with the sweet earth vegetable food brand, he recalled meeting his fellow campaigners – including Jonathan Daviss, Madison Bailey, Rudy Pankow and Madelyn Cline – at their first reading. "We all looked at each other somehow and said: & # 39; OK, so we are on our way. & # 39;" The table reading was followed by a dinner trip together, and the next morning they plunged straight into the boat lesson so that she could learn to navigate safely in the South Carolina coastal waters where the show is being filmed. "[It] was kind of a perfect recipe for a great start to a friendship that is now a family," Stokes told POPSUGAR.
"Honestly to God, we could probably do another 10 episodes of just blooper roles."
All fans who follow that exactly OBX Social media performers know that their friendship has a lot of "foolishness", as Madelyn often describes when she shares pictures and videos behind the scenes on Instagram. These Shenanigans often go under on set, which makes it quite difficult to hold them together in front of the cameras, Stokes admitted. "There were so many comedic moments, especially with Rudy and JD [Jonathan Daviss], that I had stomach cramps from laughing so hard," said Stokes. "Honestly to God, we could probably do another 10 episodes of just blooper roles between all the nasty things going on on this show." Um, yes, please! We'll hold on to you, Stokes.
At the end of the day, the Costars-Turned BFFs put their hijinks aside and filmed a whole season of exciting, bingable episodes that were glitch-free. "I am very happy that not only I, but we all take the craft very seriously, and we all respect each other's personal space when it comes to character and taking advantage of these moments," said Stokes.
When John B got into the character meant putting himself in the position of a teenager living alone after his father disappeared at sea and is believed to be dead. "I think the interesting thing for me was to overlay it throughout the season because he really starts with the idea that his father is dead," he said. "I just kind of tried to create nuances in the way he walked, how he put himself in the circumstances. So it was kind of a deep dive."
Stokes used his personal experience of the death of a loved one, his grandmother, to help him. "Unfortunately, I had lost my grandmother a few months before we started Outer banksand I actually had to go back to Florida for the funeral, I think it was three weeks before the shoot. It was a big motivation and for me it was my grandmother, "he said to POPSUGAR.
"Season one was a kind of ode to my grandmother in a strange, beautiful way."
And it sounds like his grandmother will take care of him as soon as he gets back to work. "She always talked about seeing things in threes and her favorite animal was a dolphin," said Stokes. "The first day we went to work on set, we were shooting in the chateau, my house. I went to the dock and saw three dolphins on the first day. So it was a very cool, surreal moment when I was like & # 39; OK, she's with me & # 39; and only allowed her to somehow guide me through the whole thing. So the first season was kind of an ode to my grandmother in a strange, beautiful way. "
Now that Netflix has been officially renewed Outer banks For a second season, we know we'll get more insight into John B's signature bandana in the future – but that's not all Stokes' future brings. He will also play the role of TJ Forrester in One of us is lying, a mystery drama series based on Karen M. McManus’s novel of the same name for young adults. The show will air on NBC's new streaming service, Peacock, though the cast will have to finish the rest of the first season as soon as the pandemic allows.
Perhaps even more exciting for the senders of John B and Sarah Cameron: Stokes and his onscreen and real girlfriend Cline team up with Norwegian DJ Kygo for a pretty cool collaboration. "Maddie and I are making a music video for one of his new singles to be released later this year," said Stokes. "So this will be … a little foretaste for the fans that hopefully they can look forward to when season two comes. We'll have something to keep them entertained. It's a really, really cool song. I'm great excited to be a part of it. "