The sensational Chase Stokes rose to fame because of his appearance in the Outer Banks. Chase, though, had much higher aspirations for roles but it appears that things did not materialize as planned. Chase Stokes, star of “Outer Banks,” admits that he “absolutely effed up” his audition for the role of Steve in “Stranger Things.”
The 30-year-old Chase Stokes was always fated to be a Netflix hunk. Chase tried out for the part of Steve Harrington on Stranger Things, which finally went to Joe Keery. In a recent interview, Chase admitted to having forgotten “all the lines and absolutely effed up the audition.”
“I drove 8 hours from Atlanta back to Orlando, regretting every moment of my life on that.”
Despite not getting the role of Steve on Stranger Things, Chase did make a fleeting appearance in an episode of Season 1 of the series. Chase also talked about how Outer Banks, which returns for Season 3 on February 23, helped him land a role.
“The Duffer brothers decided to write me back into the show. So it [the audition] was a lot of like, ‘I wish I would have said at least two words.’ But Joe Keery is an absolute legend and he’s so damn good as Steve Harington. And so I’m super proud of him. I’ve talked to him a little bit throughout the years.”
“I’m thankful for the Duffer brothers for giving me an opportunity to do my job and start my career. If it weren’t for them, I wouldn’t be here. And the executive producers and the Netflix people who are apart of this show were also a part of Stranger Things. It’s a very full circle moment for me.”
When he initially declined the invitation, Chase’s part in Outer Banks almost didn’t happen. In a recent interview with The New York Times, he discussed his hesitation to appear on the program and what ultimately led him to accept.
“I really wasn’t making money as an actor up until the job that I did right before ‘Outer Banks,’ which was a show on Amazon called ‘Tell Me Your Secrets’. But the money had kind of run dry from that show — I had an eviction notice on my door, the registration on my car had expired, my engine was steaming everywhere I went. I’m not a mechanic, so I didn’t know how to fix it, nor did I have the money to do so.”
“After declining the ‘Outer Banks’ audition a couple of times I got a call from Lisa Fincannon, a wonderful casting director, and she said, ‘You need to read for this.’ That was a Wednesday. Sunday came around, and I get a call and [my agent] said: ‘You’re getting on a plane tonight. Here’s 14 pages of dialogue. Here’s the first four episodes. You’re going to be on the very last row of a plane in the middle seat on a red eye, and you’re going to land in Charleston. The audition is right when you get off the plane.’ And I did it, and the rest is history.”
Ironically, Chase isn’t the only Outer Banks celebrity that appeared in Stranger Things in a supporting capacity. Before being cast as Sarah Cameron in Outer Banks, Madelyn Cline appeared in two episodes of Season 2 as a high school student named Tina. For further updates stay tuned to Thirsty.
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