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“Intimidated” is not in Carlacia Grant’s lexicon. When it got here time to joining the cast of Outer Banks — arguably one in all the most close-knit group of stars Netflix has assembled lately — the 30-year-old actress dove in head first, seamlessly establishing familial connections with costars Chase Stokes (John B), Madelyn Cline (Sarah Cameron), Madison Bailey (Kiara), and extra whereas portraying season two newcomer Cleo. “It was actually easy,” Grant advised POPSUGAR, recalling her first chemistry learn. “We bought alongside immediately. We’re kindred souls. All of us have so much in frequent, so it was very easy. I did not really feel like a beginner in any respect. The primary day I used to be there, it was like I have been there for years.”
In Outer Banks‘s highly anticipated sophomore run, Grant performs the position of Nassau native Cleo who helps John B and Sarah escape the Bahamas, crosses paths with them but once more on The Coastal Enterprise, and finally joins their Pogue crew on a abandoned island. She’s loyal, she’s strong-willed, she’s unflinching, and her knife-twirling abilities rival that of Teen Wolf‘s Allison Argent. And sure, the knife Grant yielded was an actual one, nevertheless, she did swap it out for a pretend lookalike throughout these scenes the place she needed to maintain it as much as somebody’s neck. What’s extra, she realized the way to maneuver the actual blade all on her personal on account of on-set quarantine protocols. After arriving in Barbados, where the Bahamas scenes were filmed, Grant was despatched a set of knives and a number of YouTube tutorials, and after hours of observe, she emerged from her room a professional. “The entire sudden, it simply clicked and it began spinning,” she stated.
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“Cleo is unquestionably a special character than I’ve performed as a result of she is a fighter.”
That was hardly probably the most bodily taxing activity readily available for Grant. Throughout Cleo’s adventures within the Bahamas, she swims in opposition to ocean tides, hits cops with boat paddles, jumps into the waters of a marina, and momentarily fights Pope (Jonathan Daviss), amongst different action-packed moments. “Cleo is unquestionably a special character than I’ve performed as a result of she is a fighter and simply her physicality,” Grant stated. Along with her bodily health, the actress tapped into her Caribbean roots to carry Cleo to life. Although Grant was born in Connecticut and largely raised in Florida, her mother hails from Haiti and her dad is from Jamaica, which got here in helpful whereas crafting Cleo’s accent.
Earlier than waltzing into Poguelandia, Grant held roles on the Oprah-produced collection Greenleaf, the 2016 Roots remake, and the one-season crime drama Sport of Silence. And earlier than these gigs, she was starring in pageants, which taught her the way to suppose on the spot, a must-know talent for actors. “If you’re doing pageants, you by no means know what the query goes to be,” she stated. “Having the ability to do press now or being on set and doing sure improv scenes, that was undoubtedly impacted by doing pageants. And the work you need to put in for a pageant, the rehearsals, the dress-ups, and all that stuff, it is undoubtedly much like what we do on set.” The improv moments have been aplenty whereas capturing Outer Banks season two. In line with Grant, the solid would sometimes run by just a few takes sticking to their actual traces earlier than going off script and winging it. “The digital camera’s at all times rolling. I may very well be kidding throwing a line in there, after which it will make it on the display screen,” she stated. “You possibly can type of inform. Numerous these sarcastic one-liners, it is simply us simply in a second.”
Exterior of performing, Grant is “an avid reader,” largely of self-help books and memoirs, and in addition totally enjoys meditating, spirituality, and giving again to the Caribbean island group. Her hectic filming schedule did not permit for a lot downtime to meditate, however she discovered a workaround to assist her keep zen. “Typically when I’ve an excessive amount of happening, it is more durable for me to get quiet and to get crammed,” she stated. “Nonetheless, what did assist me was listening to music.” She curated a complete Cleo-inspired playlist that she’d jam to whereas getting ready for scenes, full of Caribbean artists like Jamaican DJ Popcaan, Trinidadian singer Machel Montano, Jamaican singer Mavado, and, in fact, Barbadian icon Rihanna. “It could simply get me within the zone and within the temper,” she stated, including that she created playlists impressed by her earlier roles.
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Seeing as Grant’s Outer Banks position marks her first time as a collection common, she’s given a lot thought to how a possible third season may pan out — particularly with reference to the last-minute plot twist about John B’s dad actually being alive. “I believe Massive John goes to be a cool guardian,” she predicted. “He’ll attempt to assist us do what we’re doing, whereas each different guardian is attempting to forbid us. So I believe he will be extra of an ally for us.”
“Cleo may need a boyfriend season three.”
As for Cleo’s storyline particularly, Grant hopes to see her make a deeper reference to two characters particularly: Kiara and Pope. “I believe that Cleo and Kiara may need a second the place they’re each flexing after which they’re going to understand, ‘We’re each queens, we’re each actually dominant,’ they usually’ll simply be a part of forces and be higher collectively,” she teased. “Additionally, it sort of appears like Cleo and Pope is perhaps a factor. Cleo may need a boyfriend season three.” Um, jealous!
Potential desert island romances apart, Grant has tons extra questions on what may lie forward for Cleo. “If we keep on the island, is Cleo going to play extra of a management position as a result of she’s the island woman?” Grant puzzled aloud. “If we return to the Outer Banks, how does that play together with her actually being taken out of her residence, the islands, to go to the Outer Banks? How are the Kooks going to react to her? Is she going to need to go residence? Will Terrance and Stubbs come after her?” Whereas we mull over doable theories fueled by Grant’s musings, can Netflix simply renew the show for a third season already?!
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