‘Outer Banks’ is out now and JJ has change into an immediate fan fave. HL spoke EXCLUSIVELY with Rudy Pankow about JJ’s sacrifice, JJ’s advanced father-son relationship, season 2, and a lot extra.

Netflix’s new teen sequence Outer Banks dropped April 15 and has shortly risen to the highest of their most-watched sequence. The present follows a bunch of teenagers — the Pogues — who discover themselves trying to find hundreds of thousands of {dollars} value of gold. JJ is among the beloved members of the Pogues. He’s reckless and all the time recreation for a wild journey. He’s extremely loyal, too. Critically, this man’s coronary heart beats for his buddies. Regardless of showing to have an easy-breezy life, JJ has something however. When he’s not with the Pogues, he’s coping with an abusive father at residence.

MeSlop talked EXCLUSIVELY with Rudy Pankow about JJ’s relationship along with his father. Rudy talked about how his turbulent residence life influences his relationship along with his buddies. He additionally mentioned JJ taking the autumn for Pope and why he made that call. Rudy doesn’t assume JJ goes to react properly to considering his closest buddy John B. is lifeless. Bear in mind, everybody thinks John B. and Sarah Cameron died whereas making an attempt to make it by means of a storm, however they really survived. Rudy even revealed his season 2 hopes and it could contain main drama for the Pogues. Learn our Q&A beneath.

After I first beginning watching, I’ll admit I simply thought this was going to be a typical teen present. However I used to be shortly confirmed unsuitable. The abuse JJ acquired from his father was one of the devastating facets of the present. What was that like so that you can actually dive into? On the floor, JJ looks like a carefree Pogue with not a care on the earth, however beneath there’s a number of unhappiness there.
Rudy Pankow: To reply your query, I must convey up two issues that JJ does rather well. He can masks his feelings like no different character in Outer Banks. He’s a grasp at portraying his feelings in another way. That’s a personality arc all through your entire season that continues. He is aware of the right way to manipulate folks and the way they view him. I believe that’s additionally a fault to himself. He generally appears like he’s dishonest himself. When he’s feeling one factor, he’s actually feeling one other, and that all through the season breaks down. He does need to face that and his relationship along with his father. To let you know the reality, I’m fortunate sufficient to have a father who by no means abused me. There’s all the time self-discipline in a household family, however to not the extent of what JJ needed to undergo. I used to be actually fortunate to have a father who didn’t do this to me, however one thing I needed to tie into was the truth that that is actual. Gary [Weeks], the man that performs my father, we talked about it rather a lot really on set. Neither he nor I had ever been in that scenario. He has youngsters and he by no means would assume to hit them or to abuse them in that approach. What we did was we actually like talked concerning the cause why a father and a son would have this dynamic between one another. I needed to view Luke [JJ’s dad] not like my father. I needed to actually, actually go that additional step within the character growth of viewing my father [on the show] as anyone else than my father [in real life]. I’m happy with the work we did as a result of I believe it’ll convey consideration that this is a matter not simply American society however all around the world. This isn’t how you need to deal with your son.

After he will get bailed out, JJ’s dad brutally assaults him within the automobile. Later, when he wants bail cash, his father assaults him and JJ fights again. He tells his dad he’s not afraid of him anymore. Given all that’s occurred between them, do you JJ is ever going to return to that home?
Rudy Pankow: To be fully trustworthy with you, I might love to provide you an trustworthy reply of sure or no, however I can’t often because I don’t know. If I used to be going to voice my opinion on it, I believe what JJ will do is he’ll go rogue and sort of do his personal factor and dwell by himself. As a result of at this level, JJ has confirmed to himself — to not his dad, to not John B., to not the Pogues — that he can survive by himself in a approach. If he’s not going to have a father that appears out for him, the one person who’s going to look out for JJ is JJ. I believe that’s really what JJ will do. I believe it’s really not going to be a very good factor for JJ. However to reply your query, I can’t see him going again to the home.

JJ, with out flinching, took the autumn for Pope when Pope was arrested as a result of he knew Pope would lose his advantage scholarship. Why do you assume JJ has type of given up hope that his life may very well be any completely different than what it’s now?
Rudy Pankow: I believe that is the gorgeous a part of JJ. He acknowledges that his alternatives of getting out and dwelling a life are lots slimmer than Pope, Kiara, or John B. even. The closest particular person to his life-style is John B. and that’s why we are saying John B. and JJ’s relationship is so intertwined with one another. I believe JJ is the one which views John B. as somebody equal to himself. However the cause why he takes the autumn for Pope is as a result of JJ does care. He does have this smooth aspect. He does have this delicate consciousness and thinks to himself, “I’m not likely going wherever and that was my selection. That’s my outlook on life.” When he appears to be like at Pope, he thinks, “This man has a future.” The factor about JJ is he is aware of the right way to sacrifice as a result of he sees it in his dad, really. That is one thing else that Gary and I talked about, how his dad does love him. You see that within the tenth episode when Luke does confess to JJ when he’s on medication. I actually do assume that he has realized some classes from Luke that, it doesn’t matter what and the way darkish conditions get, until they’ve simply fully minimize you out and never discuss to you for the remainder of your life, you may’t fully abandon somebody. The true lack of a father or mother is abandonment, and that’s what his mother did and his dad didn’t. I believe that as a buddy, as a member of the family, or anyone in a relationship, if you happen to abandon anyone that’s the worst factor you are able to do to them. I believe JJ and his advanced residence life nonetheless taught him to care and love for others.

JJ and John B. have, such as you stated, such an intense connection. How do you assume JJ goes to deal with John B.’s “loss of life”? 
Rudy Pankow: Not properly. It’s not going to go properly for JJ. I can’t see JJ getting over it. Somebody who’s skilled the lack of anyone as shut as your greatest buddy, it’s not straightforward. I don’t assume it’ll go over very properly for JJ in any respect.

I’m simply going to throw this on the market as a result of it’s one thing I picked up on. Do you assume there’s something romantic between JJ and Kiara? 
Rudy Pankow: So there’s all the time speak about like, “Does JJ get a woman? Does JJ not get a woman?” I hear what you’re saying. I hear what you’re throwing down. It’s one thing that’s identified within the very opening of the present that JJ clearly has considerably of the hots for Kiara. However like, who doesn’t?

He sort of performs it off…
Rudy Pankow: He performs it off, and I believe that’s what lots of people in highschool do the place they are saying, “Oh yeah, she’s sizzling. She’s cute. It’s no matter. “ However then they actually have emotions. I hear what you’re saying. I believe it goes again to JJ, once more, would fairly his buddies keep collectively and be proud of one another because the Pogues. I imply, he would positively slip up and make a mistake if, I don’t know, Kiara got here on to him in any respect. I do know for a reality JJ can be like, “All proper, right here we go.” However when it comes to a relationship, I don’t assume JJ would do this. I believe it’s one thing he can be okay with Pope and Kiara or one thing like that. I believe JJ would have a conscience about being in a relationship with Kiara.

Do you’ve any hopes for a possible season 2? 
Rudy Pankow: I need to see, fairly than simply JJ, I need to see the Pogues actually wrestle with conserving their friendship tight. I believe that may make season 2 much more entertaining to observe. The Pogues are so tight in season 1, and I might like to see them get crushed by what occurred with John B. and actually wrestle with discovering the Pogues’ bond once more and that closeness. One thing that I actually need to see is that they crumble, after which they discover who they have been as youngsters once more. The primary season I believe is like 15 days or simply a few weeks that each one these items goes down. I’d prefer to see season 2 have a bit extra of a time skip. I need to see the Pogues be a large number after which bond once more and discover one another.

Madison Bailey and Rudy Pankow star in ‘Outer Banks.’ (Netflix)

You might be from Alaska, so what was it like embracing the Outer Banks life? 
Rudy Pankow: To let you know the reality, I’m from a fishing and tourism city and we needed to painting a tourism and fishing city. My very own city in Alaska and the Outer Banks/Charleston, as a result of we shot in Charleston, are literally pretty comparable. Transferring out to LA was a problem as a result of that was a tradition shock. I sort of felt just a little nearer to residence when I discovered myself on a ship, on the docks, and hanging out with buddies on the docks. That’s what I did in Ketchikan, Alaska. We’d hang around on the docks, fiddle, and simply do dumb stuff on the seashore like throw bonfires. There are a number of similarities between what I did in highschool and what JJ does. To be fully trustworthy, when it comes to the ambiance and being exterior and doing all that stuff, it was fairly straightforward for me to faucet into.