Rudy Pankow sat down with Swagger Magazine to talk about his time on “Outer Banks” and how a particular scene in Season 3, Episode 7 (“Happy Anniversary”) had him digging deep to identify with his character. Though the scene takes place in a hot tub, it wasn’t that aspect that Pankow struggled with. It was instead JJ’s emotional state.
“The hot tub scene was a very pivotal scene,” Pankow recalls. “That took a lot of, uh, communication from other people and understanding of where JJ was at and asking for time to be by myself in this room for three minutes or so. Then you just really let the emotion take over. I just lost myself,” the actor explained.
The troubled JJ has been through a lot throughout the three seasons of the Netflix series, including being a victim of abuse from his father and being arrested after taking the rap for a friend’s crime. Still, it sounds like it all came to a head for his character following an injury that he sustained in Season 3 of “Outer Banks.”
While JJ was lucky enough to survive his injuries, with two other characters dying in the latest season of “Outer Banks,” things are likely going to be more tumultuous than ever when the series returns for its upcoming fourth season.
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