“Chase Stokes.” Fans can’t get enough of outer banks the Netflix series that has taken the world by storm a large part of the shows success is long due to the cast members especially Chase Stokes, who plays rogue leader john bin just a couple of months, Chase Stokes has gone from being a relatively unknown actor to becoming America’s newest heartthrobs, it’s time we all learn a little more about the newcomer.
James Alexander Chase Stokes was born on September 16, 1992, in Annapolis Maryland, before he moved to Florida, where he stayed for high school and college. He is the oldest sibling in his family. He has a brother named Kaiden and a sister named Kendall from his father’s second marriage. He also has three other siblings Evan walker willie walker and griffin, walker, making him the oldest of a total of six siblings.
Even though it’s hard to imagine anyone else bringing john b to life, Chase Stokes actually originally passed on the project as he thought it was just going to be a goonies reboot, however, once he read the script, he knew, he had to be a part of the show and immediately went in for an audition. He said
Actors often audition for more than one role, when they are going out for a television show and that is exactly, what Chase Stokes did in fact not only did he audition for the main role of john b but he also went out for the character Rafe Cameron who plays Sarah Cameron’s older brother.
7 He Loves Water Sports
Chase Stokes spent a lot of time growing up in Florida, so it’s no surprise, he’s very into water sports in an interview with refinery 29. He revealed, he spent a lot of time surfing in addition to riding waves on a surfboard. Chase Stokes also knows how to drive a boat over them in fact, he had boaters license long before he had ever heard about outer banks. He said
“When we were in Charleston, I reached in my wallet and pulled out my boating license. They were like, Great, that makes everything a lot easier.”
6 He Appeared In Stranger Things
Believe it or not, outer banks is not the first Netflix show. Chase Stokes has been on in fact, strokes can be seen in season one of stranger things. He landed the role of reed who gives Jonathan and nancy a bit of trouble.
It all happens pretty quickly but his experience on the show still made quite an impact on his life, he’s since become friends with much of the stranger things cast and has even worked with Caleb McLaughlin who plays Lucas on a campaign for American Eagle.
5 He Wanted To Be A Professional Hockey Player
Chase Stokes had no aspirations to be an actor when he was growing up in fact he initially wanted to be a professional ice hockey player. He told brief take
“I was going to play in college and then do the professional route.”
However, after getting injured on the rink, he had to stop playing the sport altogether.
4 Before Outer Banks, He Was Living Out In His Car
Making it as an actor isn’t easy but chase stokes was willing to do whatever it took to succeed for a couple of months after moving to Los Angeles, he was so broke that he was even living in his car he told jimmy Kimmel to live
“Every day I would find a different parking spot, and it worked out. I never got caught.”
As he struggled to find work an audition for a show called outer banks finally came around the crew flew him straight to charleston south Carolina to meet everyone on the team, it seemed as though this may be his big break but making it to the eastern seaboard still didn’t seem to be enough, he said to the drew Barrymore show
“I landed in Charleston, and I went to call in uber, and my bank account was over-drafted. So that was kind of like the bottom of the well for me.”
After a quick call to his mom to borrow some, Chase Stokes finally made it to the production office and nailed his audition.
You’ve never seen them on outer banks, but Chase Stokes actually has two tattoos on his right arm the first is on his bicep the spread features a small dove with the words love Joan written right underneath a special tribute to his grandmother his second tattoo is a small smiley face on the top of his wrist.
1 He Uses His Platform To Advocate For Mental Health
Growing up Chase Stokes had a lot on his mind in addition to dealing with his parent’s divorce, he experienced bullying in high school, he told the drew Barrymore show
“I always had this anger and aggression toward not understanding why this type of stuff happened to me and also the anxiety that, sort of, comes with it.”
Graduating from high school didn’t help either even as an adult. Chase Stokes found himself dealing with extreme anxiety, now he uses his newfound fame to let others know they’re not alone with their own mental health struggles.
Chase Stokes has partnered with an organization called to bring change to mind which helps open up discussions regarding mental health. He has even visited schools and spoken with students who were actually the same age, he was when he began to develop anxiety. He said
“I realized that I’m doing a disservice to myself if I didn’t use my platform for what I wish I had at that age. And I realized that was where my audience was, and so it was exactly what I knew I needed to do.