1. Congratulations on the hugely successful launch of Outer Banks! It’s always hard to say in hindsight, but were you expecting such a positive response to the show?
In hindsight, I can still say that I never quite expected the response to be what it has been. Outer Banks is honestly a collective passion project for everyone involved. I always knew we had something special on our hands, but ultimately you never know how a show is going to be received. No matter how much you love it, so, for people to love it as much as we do is really exciting.
2. From the moment we’re first introduced to Sarah, her quick-wittedness and desire to march to the beat of her own drum shines through instantly. Do you see elements of yourself in her character?
So what I’m hearing is, you think I’m witty. Just kidding. I definitely did. I think the things that Sarah goes through are things that we’ve probably all gone through – falling in love for the first time, falling out of love for the first time, betrayal by someone you love, best friend break ups and makeups. The stories are all the same, I just tried to find my truth in what she was going through.
3. A core part of the show’s storyline revolves around the idea of escapism. Do you think this message holds particular value given the current circumstances?
It does come at an interesting time. Our goal was to make the show so you get lost in the characters and the story and the hazy golden world of it all. I think the theme was always meant as escapist, but of course, we never expected it to hold the kind of weight that it is under the circumstances we’re currently in. I’ve had so many people reach out and tell me that the show is making their time in quarantine so much better, and if we can provide that, even just for an hour at a time, that to me holds infinite value.
4. Outer Banks touches on a lot of key issues within society, from class segregation to the importance of human connection and friendship. Do you believe it’s important to highlight these issues in order to change the conversation?
Yes. I am proud to be a part of a show that isn’t afraid to touch on these issues. Refusing to acknowledge prejudice, in my opinion, supports it. There some scenes that are really hard to watch in the show, and we as actors do not align with all the things our characters do, but we want you to be appalled and disgusted and angered – that’s where changing the conversation begins.
5. What was the funniest or most memorable moment you and the cast shared on set throughout filming?
Maybe the time Chase [John B.] and I snuck onto set and found a Santa suit in a country club locker room and we took turns wearing it around. Nothing says incognito like someone dressed as Santa in July? Alexa, play Mission Impossible.
6. How are you keeping check of your health and mental wellbeing during isolation? Do you have any daily rituals you follow to stay connected and sane?
I’ve been waking up pretty early and just taking an hour before I have to get my day started. I have my coffee, I try to catch up on what’s going on in the world, read a little bit, and take 10-20 minutes to meditate. I try to go up to my roof every day to get some fresh air and sun as well. They’re little things but anything it takes to help you centre yourself.
7. What is the biggest lesson you’ve learnt in the last two years of your career?
Stop beating yourself up and stop comparing yourself to others!!!!! This isn’t to say that I don’t do these things. I think it’s human to, but you’re the only person who has to live with yourself, so be nice to your brain. It’s unfair to compare how confident and put together someone looks on the outside, with how you may be feeling on the inside. Feeding into it takes away your ability to see all the good that you are.
8. What are you looking most forward to once lockdown is over?
Everything. We as a cast like to take a lot of road trips and everyone piling into a car and driving up the Pacific Coast Highway or to the desert or the mountains is something I miss a lot. I also can’t wait to see my family.
9. Can we look forward to seeing more Outer Banks mischief in the future?
We have a series on Instagram called Tomfoolery where we post all of the behind the scenes mayhem, but we’re hopeful for a season 2 because I think we all want more mischief.
Outer Banks is available to stream on Netflix, now.