An Outer Banks Star Bombed His Stranger Things Audition

Outer Banks star Chase Stokes was up for a part in Stranger Things but bombed the audition

By Chad Langen | Updated

Although Chase Stokes has achieved great success playing John Routledge on the hit series Outer Banks, the 30-year-old actor was nearly cast as the heartthrob in another Netflix drama. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Tell Me Your Secrets star read lines for Stranger Things character Steve Harrington, but the part ended up going to Joe Keery after the former completely bombed the audition. “[I] forgot all the lines and absolutely effed up the audition,” said Stokes.

He shared the details of his disastrous Stranger Things audition with Access Hollywood during an Outer Banks fan event in Poguelandia. Chase Stokes admitted the eight-hour drive home to Orlando from Atlanta was a tough one. “[I was] regretting every moment of my life on that,” he said.

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Fortunately, Chase Stokes accepts that he has no one to blame but himself for not winning the part of Steve Harrington. Additionally, he doesn’t have any hard feelings toward Joe Keery, who has absolutely captivated viewers in his Stranger Things role. “He’s so damn good as Steve,” said Stokes.

He added that the two actors have kept in touch over the years, and he’s beyond thrilled for Keery’s continued success. Although Chase Stokes didn’t land a major role on the wildly popular sci-fi series, he was cast as a minor character in the sixth episode of Stranger Things season 1. He plays a character named Reed in the episode “Chapter 6: The Monster.”

Chase Stokes credits Matt and Ross Duffer (aka the Duffer Brothers) for jumpstarting his career as a performer, believing his small gig in Stranger Things helped him to land the starring role on Outer Banks. His character John Routledge is the ringleader of a group of working-class locals known as Pogues. They are determined to find out what happened to John’s missing father and discover a legendary treasure along the way.

Netflix just dropped the highly anticipated third season of Outer Banks on February 23, and it’ll likely zip to the top of the streaming service’s most-watched shows in no time. Season 3 picks up where the second season left off, with the Pogues fully adjusted to living on the island. Unfortunately, their stay is short-lived when they encounter a ruthless treasure hunter with his own agenda.

Outer Banks was created by Josh Pate, Jonas Pate, and Shannon Burke. The action-adventure series, which premiered on Netflix on April 15, 2020, was just renewed for a fourth season. In addition to Chase Stokes, the show stars Madelyn Cline, Madison Bailey, J.D., Rudy Pankow, Drew Starkey, Charles Esten, Austin North, Cullen Moss and Marland Burke.

Outside of his role on the hit Netflix series, Chase Stokes currently has three motion pictures currently in post-production. The first is a romantic drama from director Nick Cassavetes called Marked Men. In the film, Shaw (Sydney Taylor) has loved Rule (Stokes) since she saw him. And although Rule doesn’t see her as a suitable match, a night of drinking and the sharing of secrets leads them to question if they can be together without ruining their relationship.

Chase Stokes is also set to headline the Steve Barnett-directed thriller Valiant One, and McG’s latest action flick Uglies. All in all, the younger actor seems to be recovering from his bombed Stranger Things audition just fine.