(Warning: This post contains spoilers for Season 2 of “Outer Banks.”)
Outer Banks newcomer Carlacia Grant had only one role model in mind when she took on the role of Cleo for the second season of the Netflix show: Rihanna.
When Grant discovered that Season 2 would be filmed in the superstar’s home town of Barbados, she was instantly thrilled to venture out on what she affectionately called “Rihanna’s Island”. Rihanna, who was born in Barbados and emigrated to the USA at the age of 16, consistently adheres to her West Indian roots in her music and was even appointed ambassador for the island in 2018.
To prepare for her role as Cleo – a fearless island girl whose life unexpectedly collides with the Pogues – Grant listened to a playlist that featured Rihanna hymns like “Bitch Better Have My Money” alongside other atmospheric songs like Drake’s “Controlla” were prominently represented. “She’s also had reggae artists like Popcaan and SOJA on heavy rotation to help her reconnect with her Jamaican heritage and culture.
“I have a whole Cleo playlist that I have saved on my phone. Every time I go to the set, I put my headphones in and just listen to the playlist, ”Grant told TheWrap.
As for what to expect when we meet the Rihanna-esque Cleo in season 2, Grant explained that her character is intertwined with the Pogues after she and her crew stowed Sarah and John B. on their ship to Nassau. According to the actress, Cleo soon develops a special “camaraderie” with Sarah.
“[Cleo] loves and values the way Sarah loves John B, ”Grant said. “The thing that really attracted Cleo was the loyalty she saw in Sarah. She just felt safe around her. ”This loyalty is particularly tempting for Cleo, who was abandoned by her parents and ended up with Captain Peter’s crew out of survival.
While “Outer Banks” has yet to be renewed for a third season, Grant hopes that season two viewers will be drawn to her fearless and confident character, especially as Cleo joins the Pogues in the Outer Banks. Whether Cleo’s fearlessness could mean defeating Rafe – who shoots Sarah in season 2 – Grant certainly wouldn’t count her character. After all, according to Grant, she “hasn’t lost the fight yet”.
Just as tempting: When “Outer Banks” does Further, Grant teased that the next season might include a romance for Cleo – one that was apparently hinted at during the second season.
The second season of “Outer Banks” is now streamed on Netflix.