• “Outer Banks” star Chase Stokes said he “effed up” an audition for Netflix’s “Stranger Things.”
  • Stokes auditioned to play Steve Harrington. The role eventually went to Joe Keery.
  • “I forgot all the lines,” he said.

Chase Stokes is best known for playing John B. Routledge in “Outer Banks,” but he could have landed himself an even more iconic role had he not messed up his lines during an audition.

“I actually read for Steve Harrington,” said Chase while speaking to Access Hollywood at an “Outer Banks” fan event in Los Angeles at the weekend.

Harrington is one of the main protagonists of the hit show “Stranger Things” and is played by Joe Keery.

“I forgot all the lines and absolutely effed up the audition,” added Stokes. “I drove eight hours from Atlanta back to Orlando regretting every moment of my life on that.”

Stokes, 30, made a brief appearance in season one, episode six of “Stranger Things” as a character called Reed, though he had no lines.

On his cameo, Stokes said he wished he “could have at least said two words,” but that he is grateful to the show’s creators, Matt and Ross Duffer, for helping him kick start his career.

Stokes also called Keery “an absolute legend who is so good as Steve Harrington.”

“I’m super proud of him, I’ve talk to him a little bit throughout the years,” said Stokes. “And I’m just thankful for the Duffer brothers for giving me an opportunity to, like, do my job and start my career.”

“I mean if it weren’t for them, I wouldn’t be here,” he added.

Steve Harrington isn’t the only big role Stokes has almost landed.

Speaking to Insider in 2020, he said he also came “really close” to playing the role of Han Solo in the 2018 “Star Wars” spinoff movie, as well as starring in the television miniseries “Looking for Alaska.”

“There’s been some fun projects that I’ve seen come to life and watching it now and saying, ‘Oh cool, that’s something I could have played,'” he said.

“It’s kind of fun to look back and watch.”

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