‘Outer Banks’: Why the New Netflix Series Was Filmed in South Carolina Instead of North Carolina

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Netflix’s new present Outer Banks has taken the world by storm. While the present takes place within the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Outer Banks was really filmed in Charleston, South Carolina. Here’s why Netflix filmed the present in South Carolina as an alternative of North Carolina.

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Rudy Pankow, Jonathan Daviss, Madison Bailey, Chase Stokes and Madelyn Cline | Amy Sussman/Getty Images

It has to do with a legislation in North Carolina

In 2016, North Carolina licensed a controversial anti-LGBTQ legislation. House Bill 2, which grew to become often known as “the bathroom bill,” requires that transgender folks should use public restrooms that match the organic intercourse listed on their delivery certificates as an alternative of what matches their gender identification.

The invoice was closely criticized as quickly because it was enacted, and leisure industries had been fast to protest. Lionsgate moved the manufacturing of the Crushed pilot from North Carolina to Canada, the NCAA refused to let the state host upcoming match video games, and the 2017 NBA All-Star Game was moved from Charlotte, North Carolina.

Part of the invoice was repealed in 2017, but it surely was not overturned. In 2019, the state reached a settlement that “transgender people in North Carolina can use any public restroom in state-run buildings that conforms with their gender identity.”

The creator of Netflix’s ‘Outer Banks’ grew up in North Carolina

Jonas Pate, the present’s co-creator, grew up in North Carolina and deliberate to movie “Outer Banks” within the state. He pushed for the present to be filmed in Wilmington, North Carolina. However, Netflix doesn’t approve of a chunk of the alternative invoice, HB142.

A remaining clause on the alternative invoice dictates that cities and cities can not enact nondiscrimination legal guidelines for any group that isn’t already included in state legislation, and that features these of the LGBTQ neighborhood.

“This tiny law is costing this town 70 good, clean, pension-paying jobs and also sending a message to those people who can bring these jobs and more that North Carolina still doesn’t get it,” Pate informed The Fayetteville Observer.

While Pate needed the present to movie in Wilmington, North Carolina, he feels Netflix made the correct selection.

“When we wrote it, it was 100 percent Wilmington in our heads,” Pate informed the Wilmington Star-News. “We wanted to film it here. But Netflix made the right decision to insist on inclusivity and we completely agree with them.”

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The present has been known as out for its inaccuracies

While some have applauded Netflix for selecting to not movie in North Carolina, others have identified the inaccuracies Outer Banks makes concerning the state. The entertaining and binge-worthy present has by no means claimed to be an correct portrayal of the state, however North Carolina residents couldn’t assist however level out one main error.

The inaccuracy? The present recommended that the city Chapel Hill, North Carolina might be reached by ferry from the coast, regardless of the actual fact the city is landlocked and 250 miles away from the associated fee. Pate, nonetheless, had a proof.

“I don’t want people to think that we don’t know Chapel Hill isn’t near the coast. Maybe I’m over thinking this, but we’re super proud of it, we bleed North Carolina and we want it to reflect well on our state,” he stated. “In the original script, they took a ferry from an island to the coast, then took an Uber to Chapel Hill. But that scene of them getting into the Uber and driving to Chapel Hill was cut, and never even shot. We cut it not realizing it would imply Chapel Hill was on the coast.”

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