The Queer Review meets the cast of Outer Banks ahead the launch of season 3

With the third season of the hit Netflix series Outer Banks (if you’re unfamiliar, think Indiana Jones meets The Goonies via Ozark and add in your favourite teen drama) launching globally on Thursday, February 23rd, 2023, The Queer Review‘s editor James Kleinmann spoke with members of the lead cast including Madison Bailey, Madelyn Cline, Carlacia Grant, Chase Stokes, Jonathan Daviss (J.D.), Drew Starkey, and Austin North.

Outer Banks. Madison Bailey as Kiara in episode 301 of Outer Banks. Cr. Jackson Lee Davis/Netflix © 2023

The new season opens with the Pogues—John B (Chase Stokes), Sarah (Madelyn Cline), Kiara (Madison Bailey), Pope (Jonathan Daviss), JJ (Rudy Pankow), and Cleo (Carlacia Grant)—washed ashore on a desert island. For a brief moment, it seems like an idyllic home. Naming it “Poguelandia,” the island’s newest residents spend their days fishing, swimming, and reveling in the carefree lifestyle of their temporary dwelling.

Madison Bailey attends “Poguelandia: An Outer Banks Experience” on February 18th, 2023 in Huntington Beach, California. Photo credit: Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Netflix.

Watch the below video to find out how the OBX cast think they would survive on a desert island themselves in real life:

How would the Outer Banks cast survive on a desert island in real life?

Things quickly go south for the group as they find themselves caught up in a race for the much-coveted treasure and running for their lives. Ward (Charles Esten) and Rafe (Drew Starkey) are hungry for revenge, and there’s a ruthless Caribbean Don who will stop at nothing to find the bounty. Was the treasure ever within their reach? Or was it all a trap to stop them once and for all? As ever, it’s the Pogues against the world, and the only way out is together.

Chase Stokes as John B, Madelyn Cline as Sarah Cameron, and Carlacia Grant as Cleo in Outer Banks. Photo credit: Jackson Lee Davis/Netflix © 2022.

The Queer Review asked the cast what they particularly enjoyed about exploring with their characters this time around.

Madison: “I’m not just saying this because you’re here, but I really enjoyed Sarah and Kiara’s connection this season.”

Madelyn: “I did love that!”

Madison: “I love that they’re like roomies for a few episodes”

Madelyn: “Yeah, we haven’t had something like that at all in the past 20 episodes, so it’s nice.”

Madelyn Cline and Madison Bailey attend Netflix’s Poguelandia: An Outer Banks Experience” fan event at Huntington Beach on February 18th, 2023. Photo credit: Sara Khalid/Netflix © 2023.

Madison: “We’ve talked about our friendship that existed before season one.”

Madelyn: “But we’ve never seen it. Yeah, I really enjoyed that.”

Madiosn: “It was fun!”

Madelyn: “It was cute.”

Madison: “Good vibes.”

Madelyn: “And it wasn’t just boy-based, you know what I’m saying?!”

Madison: “Yes, we had moments!”

Outer Banks. (L to R) Rudy Pankow as JJ, Madelyn Cline as Sarah Cameron, Carlacia Grant as Cleo, Chase Stokes as John B, Jonathan Daviss as Pope in episode 301 of Outer Banks. Cr. Jackson Lee Davis/Netflix © 2022

Carlacia: “I loved exploring Cleo’s vulnerable side because I think it’s so easy to just be this strong, powerful woman who’s afraid of nothing and who has no inhibitions. But I think, particularly this season, we see all of her inhibitions—everything she’s afraid of—which is being in love, or possibly confessing feelings for someone, or no longer being on an island and now being in the States. We explore a lot of different moments for Cleo.”

Carlacia Grant as Cleo and Jonathan Daviss as Pope in Outer Banks. Photo credit: Jackson Lee Davis/Netflix © 2022.

Jonathan Daviss (J.D.): “I think all the Pogues do, but definitely with Pope, he goes through a lot of intense revelations and intense loss. He really cannot catch a break. Going into that darker mode with Pope this year, he tries to stay a nice guy through most of this series—he’s got good family, has good morals—but it was cool to be able to see him get pushed a little bit and have to go to a really dark, intense place and literally be lifted out of that by another character. I always love opportunities to stretch myself as an actor and try different things and see what works, see what doesn’t, and show that off. So I definitely felt like this season was an opportunity for me.”

Chase Stokes as John B and Charles Halford as Big John in Outer Banks. Photo credit: Jackson Lee Davis/Netflix © 2023.

Chase: “I feel like collectively all the characters have a new emotional journey and are figuring out something new about themselves. That’s the beauty of the show, we are constantly setting new narratives, while you’re still feeling the love and that core value of what the character is. This year, with John B in particular, he’s a rock in a hard place. He’s being pulled in so many different directions and ultimately, I think his intention is to just do the right thing. Sometimes when your sights are set on that one thing, it’s very easy to get caught off track and it’s a testament to being a teenager and not really knowing left from right or right from wrong. So it’s been a lot of fun, this season in particular was a really cool character study and we really got to dive deep into our characters and see what happens after all of the chaos that has ensued over the past 20 episodes.”

Drew Starkey, Jonathan Daviss, Madelyn Cline, and Madison Bailey attend “Poguelandia: An Outer Banks Experience” on February 18th, 2023 in Huntington Beach, California. Photo credit: Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Netflix.

Drew: “I think all of us got different opportunities to play these characters in different situations this season. Rafe is exploring a life of independence in a way you haven’t seen. He’s been so dependent on everybody in his life. All these characters are thrown into social situations that they’re not used to or not comfortable with. This season, in terms of the writing, was a test for that. We got to explore different caverns and avenues of our characters, which was a lot of fun. I feel like we know them a lot more.”

Madison Bailey as Kiara in Outer Banks. Photo credit: Jackson Lee Davis/Netflix © 2022.

Austin: “For Topper, he’s not used to the adventure and breaking the law and the thrill of it, and he gets on this adventure with the Pogues which I think is really fun and different for him and out of his comfort zone. I’m excited for everyone to see that part of it.”

Outer Banks season three launches globally on Netflix on February 23rd, 2023. Catch up on the first two seasons now.

Watch The Queer Review’s full OBX3 cast interviews below:

Outer Banks stars Madison Bailey, Madelyn Cline & Carlacia Grant on season 3
Chase Stokes & Jonathan Daviss talk desert island survival, cast bonding & Outer Banks 3
Outer Banks stars Drew Starkey & Austin North on #OBX3
Outer Banks 3 | Official Trailer | Netflix
Outer Banks 3 | Official Artwork | Netflix

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