For the August Cover of MUD, I sat down with Netflix’s hit show Outer Banks newest star, Carlacia Grant, to discuss all things season two and the new skills she’s picked up along the way to become her character, Cleo.
The first time we see Carlacia Grant in the new season of Netflix’s Outer Banks is cinematic gold. She’s lounging on the captain’s chair of a weathered boat, tinkering with a sharp switchblade knife. As she discovers the reward that John B’s name carries, a sly leer splits her face. In this brief scene, we learn three things about Carlacia’s character, Cleo. First, she’s not one to mess with. The way she plays with her knife is enough warning. Second, among the group of islanders, she’s established herself as a strong leader, one that the others listen to for guidance. And third, we’ll be obsessing over her fierce demeanor and adventurous personality for the entirety of the ten episodes that make up this season.
Carlacia’s character is introduced in the Bahamas, where she puts a pause to John B (Chase Stokes) and Sarah Cameron’s (Madelyn Cline) on-the-run baecation away from their Instagram-worthy home in North Carolina. At first, her goal is the hefty reward that comes with tipping off these two fugitives. But if there’s one thing you need to know about Cleo is that she won’t stop surprising us.
“The second season is more intense...We’re right smack down in the storyline. There are people getting kidnapped. More action. More love. More loyalty, It’s a rollercoaster,” Carlacia said during our interview.
It’s no surprise OBX has crushed the Netflix Top 10 of several countries days after being released. This is the show that got us through that first month of quarantine, where we all dreamed of fleeing to the beautiful islands on the coast of North Carolina to become Pogues. As expected, this second batch of episodes was shot in some gorgeous locations as well, like the paradisiac beaches of Barbados and the historic streets of Charleston. When Carlacia arrived at her hotel in Barbados, she had to quarantine for five days. For one of her first scenes, the stunt coordinator announced she’d have to learn how to throw and catch a knife like a pro. Since she was stuck in isolation, they were unable to come in to teach her. All they gave her were a few links to Youtube tutorials and good luck wishes. With practice, she soon transformed into a master of knives. She found herself eating breakfast and flipping the table knife around her fingers at the hotel, ju