'Outer Banks': Chase Stokes and John B. Are Alike in This Way

Outer Banks star Chase Stokes plays John B., the Pogue leader on the hunt for $400 million in gold. Though Stokes is a few years older than his teenage role, he has many things in common with his fictional self. 

Chase Stokes is a talented actor

Before he became John B., Stokes was featured in another Netflix series — Stranger Things

In a quick season 1 cameo, Stokes portrayed the “jerk,” Reed, who passed Nancy (Natalia Dyer) and Jonathan (Charlie Heaton) as they plotted to take down the creates in the Upside Down. 

Now, Stokes is widely known for his role in Outer Banks. His portrayal of John B. is often compared to other heartthrobs like To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before‘s Noah Centineo and Dumplin‘s Luke Benward.

“To be in that category is awesome,” Stokes told TMRW. 

Chase almost turned down the role

When Stokes was first offered the role of John B., he turned it down.  

“The first time I got the audition it was the most bland email I’ve ever got,” Stokes told Barstool Sports’ Chicks in the Office. “It was four friends on a treasure hunt, Netflix, and the character’s name was John B. So I was like, ‘This is f*ucking Goonies. It’s a Goonies reboot.’ I said no.” 

Stokes’ agent, who is friends with showrunner Jonas Pate, ultimately talking him into change his mind. And for that, Stokes is grateful. 

“It’s one of those really fun projects where not only is it a fun character and not only is everyone great [to work with], but the story [is] so interesting,” he told Showbiz Cheat Sheet.

John B. and Chase Stokes both have girlfriends 

In the Netflix series, John B. falls in love with Sarah Cameron, a Kook from the island’s wealthy side. Ironically, that Madelyn Cline plays that part — she’s also Stokes’ girlfriend in real life. 

“Cat’s outta the bag,” Stokes announced on Instagram June 14. The two met on the set of Outer Banks and have only recently made more information about their relationship public.

Chase Stokes and John B. are both very active 

Happy that he took the role, Stokes has found that he and his character have a lot in common. 

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“[Playing John B. is] very much an homage to my upbringing,” Stokes told Nylon. “I grew up in Florida between Coco Beach and downtown Orlando. [I] spent a lot of time at Coco Beach [and] surfed there all through high school.” 

Embracing the surfer lifestyle isn’t the only thing Stokes has in common with John B. 

Like John B., Chase Stokes has a rebellious side 

In Outer Banks, the Pogues know how to party. Some of the more rebellious Pogues hosted a keg party on the beach — something Stokes is somewhat familiar with. 

“I was kind of a rebel in my early high school years,” he explained to Nylon. “We’d go down to the beach and break into the surf shop pool, use fake IDs at the Hilton, and get whatever beers we could.” 

Stokes said he and his friends would dig holes in the sand, use their surfboards as roofs, and enjoy a few beverages.

“You know, be underage drinking some beers,” he added. “John B and myself definitely have some similarities and that lifestyle.” 

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