There’s a heightening that naturally occurs with a brand new season of a TV present. Then there’s Outer Banks Season 2. The newest installment of Netflix’s teen drama is greater, sooner, and extra excessive than ever earlier than. Almost each episode includes a main motion set piece and a brand new, big twist. And nobody is aware of how wild this trip is best than Outer Banks‘ star and the person behind John B, Chase Stokes.
“This season is a lot different than Season 1 in a lot of different ways. It goes in, obviously, a very obnoxiously large, chaotic sort of arc. But I’m excited for people to see it. We put a lot of a lot of heart and a lot of soul into it. And to film it during a pandemic was brutal. But we made it work,” Stokes advised Decider. “It’s like if you took adrenaline and just stabbed it in your thigh. That’s Season 2.”
Every element of Outer Banks entails an incredible quantity of labor, proper right down to how its stars look. Any fan is aware of that Outer Banks has a sure aesthetic. Instead of the peerlessly manicured look of most teen dramas, the Netflix unique is grittier. John B and his pals spend most of their days operating round with sea spray from their faces, and so they look it. According to the sequence’ star that distinct look is a mixture of costume and make-up experience and good old style grime.
“Emmie Holmes is our costume designer on the show. She’s incredible with not just making it look nasty, but also keeping it consistent,” Stokes stated. “In a show where you’re constantly so physical and you sweat like a madman all the time, we can’t wear the same outfits all the time. So they’re constantly having to have additionals for everything that we wear. They do such an incredible job of making it seem like we never change. But in reality, every day it’s a brand new shirt with new stuff. So it’s like you wake up, you drink your morning coffee, you put on a nasty looking shirt, and you get sprayed down with water all over the place to make it seem like the shirt is sweaty.”
Next up is hair and make-up, which focuses on faux grime and sweat. “Rudy [Pankow] sometimes likes to go the extra mile and grab some dirt from the ground and shove it on his face,” Stokes stated. “It’s not what you would think Hollywood would look like. You’re like, ‘I’m gonna sit in the hair and makeup chair, and I’m gonna get all glammed up and beautiful.’ We do that. And then 30 minutes later, everyone’s sweating and dying. By the end of the day, you’re so excited to get in the shower in the trailers and wipe it all off.”
All of this work and dirt was doubled for one among Stokes’ most difficult scenes. In Episode 8 the Pogues discover the cross of Denmark. But whereas ready for a solution to transport it, John B is attacked by one of many fiercest foes of the American South: an alligator. As he fights for his life, Sarah (Madelyn Cline) goes after the reptile.
“That was arguably the the worst day of filming,” Stokes stated. “It was 22 degrees outside. There’s permafrost on all of the vegetation in the swamp. The water temperature was below 60 degrees. We were in and out of the water for like six and a half hours straight. It was insane. I mean, we actually had to go in and VFX out all of the breath, because you could see everybody’s breath. Like it was midwinter.”
The alligator used within the scene was a faux one. “It was on like a giant chicken rotisserie machine. So I literally would grab it. Then you’d have two massive stunt guys, or you know, our special effects department, and they would spin it like when you go into a Publix and you look in the back of the Publix and you see the rotisserie chickens,” Stokes stated. As many instances as Stokes needed to carry out the scene, his stunt double had it worse. “My stunt double, Cole Eckhert, was just a superhuman. I don’t understand how he’s able to do the things he does. He did a lot more times than I did. We both were laughing at the end of the day. Like what are we doing? Should we change careers?”
All of this tough work resulted in a scene that lasts roughly 12 seconds on display screen. “That’s the magic of filmmaking,” Stokes stated. “You do a lot, you see a little. But was intense.”
As excited as Stokes is for individuals to look at Season 2, he’s simply as thrilled concerning the present’s potential future. “We want to tell five seasons of this story. Hopefully, we get the opportunity to do that. And it’s starts here, with that ending and Big John’s face looking like Obi Wan Kenobi back alive or Luke Skywalker sitting on the rock as he turned,” Stokes stated. “I’m just I’m super excited for the world to kind of take in this new chapter.”