Because the sequence launched on Netflix this earlier month, Outer Banks has been taking the world by storm. Fans have fallen in love with the show’s solid of loopy characters and the epic treasure hunt that has ensued. Nonetheless, these aren’t the one causes viewers are hooked. The show’s island setting would possibly look like the proper getaway—Especially now—however because of a category conflict raging between the Pouges and the Kooks, life in the Outer Banks is stuffed with surprises.
There’s nobody in the sequence extra quintessentially Pogue than the character of JJ, performed by Rudy Pankow. Whereas many of the Pogues expertise hangups and struggles, JJ’s storyline is like no different. Coming from a low-income family and an abusive family life, JJ can’t appear to assist however getting caught between a rock and a tough place, regardless of how exhausting he tries. JJ’s solely alternative to flee his circumstances is to search out the treasure, however as Fans noticed, issues didn’t go as he hoped.
In an unique interview with Seventeen, Rudy Pankow opens up about JJ’s future, that heartbreaking hot tub scene, and whereas issues received’t be really easy for the Pogues if the show returns for a second season.
Rudy Pankow: The reality is, is that you do not actually get the total dose of how large [the show] actually is since you’re all quarantined, and the one factor you’ll be able to see, mainly, is social media numbers. Then, right here and there, a telephone name from Jonas [Pate], the show creator, or your agent or supervisor, being like, “It is blowing up!” We do not actually see how large it is getting, but it surely’s so wonderful to see on social media the way it’s being taken, and I am excited to see if this implies season two.
JJ’s biggest scene is in episode 7 when he has the breakdown in the hot tub. How did you approach that as an actor?
RP: Valerie Weiss was the director for that episode, and I keep in mind speaking, Especially, about how I wish to do it. “That is my vision, what’s yours?” And he or she actually needed me simply to go and simply to let all of it out with the text and dialogue, and if one thing comes naturally, simply to do it. I keep in mind there’s undoubtedly some stuff that wasn’t put in there, however there’s a lot of improv stuff close to the tip there about my dad. By the tip I noticed that I have to go to the place all of this heartbreak and ache is coming from, and there is a few of that written, however I needed so as to add a bit little bit of it in there myself.
There’s a bit little bit of it in there that I improved, and I used to be actually moved and touched after they saved it in, because of the editors and the writers. Moving into that headspace is all the time difficult—Especially when you’ll be able to’t use your personal parents—as a result of I used to be fortunate sufficient to have a father that did not beat me, that did not abuse me as a toddler. Each baby is disciplined, however to not the extent that JJ was. It was actually exhausting to make use of my family and my very own dad as someone to set off me to get to that place.
Have you been getting a lot of fan reactions over that scene? Especially since many teens are also facing the stuff that JJ went through.
RP: I believe for this reason that scene’s so stunning—all people feels a bit little bit of abandonment of their life. I believe all people, to a sure extent, can relate with that. I’ve but to discover a story [of someone who related to that scene] and I’d be touched and moved if I had impacted someone that had that happen to them. I’ll undoubtedly take it very critically to coronary heart.
I posted a photograph of me in the hot tub a few days in the past, and other people had been like, “One in every of my favourite scenes, it is so good.” I used to be actually appreciative of it. I believe the scary half is that it is actual. There’s lots of people on the market which can be abused by their parents, and I have to take it very critically. I simply do not wish to make it really feel prefer it is not actual.
All through the season, we see that JJ’s father is an alcoholic. in the hot tub scene, JJ can be makes use of alcohol as a approach to keep away from the sentiments that he has. Do you think which may have an effect on him in season two?
RP: I believe it units up an ideal arc for Pope to set him straight. How all of us act immediately is predicated on how we noticed our parents work together with one another, and I believe it might presumably be a difficulty for JJ to not use substances. Pope or Kie, [could be] his escape from that ache, which might be actually stunning.
The final scene when the parents comfort the Pogues was heartbreaking since JJ didn’t have anyone there. Pope’s father, who looked down on JJ the entire season, embraces JJ and type of brings him into his family. Do you think that might be possible for season two?
RP: Yeah, I do think so. I am hoping as a result of I beloved working with Hayward and he is an incredible actor. We beloved playing that scene and actually embracing one another in that scene. It was actually wonderful as a result of I simply felt so accepted. For season two, it could be wonderful and humorous to see Pope and JJ rooming collectively, or one thing. I believe that’d be hilarious as a result of it might be opposites dwelling amongst one another. I believe there’s a lot of comedy that might play into that, however I do not know but.
How do you think JJ’s relationship with his father is going to play out in the future?
RP: I believe they have to resolve one thing. Not that his father is going to simply accept him, however in that final scene in episode 10, there’s a glimmer of hope that perhaps Luke is not all dangerous. There’s that little query: Can this man love his baby like a standard father or mother ought to? [The question] could be very briefly there in the 10th episode, although he is screwed up on Ambien.
The Pogues will also have to deal with the presumed loss of John B. and Sarah. What do you think will happen to them?
RP: I used to be all the time drawn to JJ’s arc. He takes on a bit bit extra of a Pope position by the tip of season one. He is form of like, “Yo, guys, let’s come collectively.” I used to be actually happy to see that he actually grows up in season one, and I like that arc. For season two, I believe it is going again to how season one began, with JJ being all rogue and screwed up as a result of he thinks his greatest pal is lifeless. Justice is going to be served, I believe, but it surely’s only a matter of who does it.
I believe I actually wish to see [JJ] Struggle with coming to phrases with the truth that his greatest pal is gone, and “what is the level in attempting any extra?” I believe that is one thing that I wish to see. And if that does not happen, that is okay, however I believe that might be an ideal arc for JJ and the Pogues to crumble till we all know John B. is again.
It was good to see that the show did not take the easy route when it came to an ending—Especially since finding the gold did not get them the happy ending they expected. What did you think about the finale?
RP: There was some debate about what the ending was going to be. Was it going to be happy? Was it going to be unhappy? We discovered the tone of the show whereas capturing it, and we had been like, “Nah, it is a unhappy ending.” And I believe it is an ideal cliffhanger as a result of [that’s what] OBX does—it offers off the YA drama-filled storylines, and it feels prefer it’s nonetheless TV. Then, swiftly, you get hit in the face with one thing actually actual, like a tragedy, that it actually hits exhausting, and that is this show.
What has been the biggest lesson you have learned playing JJ?
RP: JJ is so self-sufficient, and I believe I’m as properly. Listening to others and the way you have an effect on them is one thing that I learned as JJ. It was like, “Oh, you’ll be able to’t simply all the time be doing your personal factor or else you damage folks if you solely do your personal factor.” However then, there is a sure stability to it as a result of have to you solely are on the market seeing the way you’re affecting others, you are actually not targeted on the way you have an effect on your self. JJ taught me the way to stability each worlds of not solely appearing as JJ, but also balancing work and never work. If it is cherishing your loved ones time or being in a relationship in the future, there is a stability to every thing.