Andy McQueen on Outer Banks season 3 and playing the villain, Carlos Singh

by W. Andrew Powell

The Pogues found a slice of paradise for a few moments, but all of that changes in season three of Outer Banks when they have to face off against a new threat played by Canadian actor Andy McQueen.

Carlos Singh is the sharp, sophisticated, and charming new villain in the new season of Netflix’s Outer Banks, and he won’t let anything get in his way as he hunts for treasure.

McQueen called the role “a dream come true” since he was already a fan of the series. Finding the heart of the character just took one slight shift.

“The first time we went through the audition process we got notes back about who Carlos Sing was,” McQueen said, “and I am Canadian, so they said, ‘He’s a little too nice. Can he be meaner?’

“I think that’s where Carlos Singh was born. He’s got to be bigger and badder than Rafe [Cameron]. He’s got to be bigger and badder than Wade [Cameron].”

“And he’s also got to have this element of cool and this charm to him that makes him equally disarming but also dangerous.”

So what’s driving the villain? Is it just greed? The deeper you get into the season, the more you’ll see this character lose some of his chill and cool, and unravel why he’s so determined.

“The descent into madness is what I call it,” McQueen said. “It’s like he’s a three piece suit at the beginning; he’s not so much any of that by the end.”

As for his drive; “I think it’s rooted in history, and I think we’ve seen that many times before with regard to [Pope Heyward], and Denmark Tanny.”

“I think what makes it more compelling for me is that he got to be a villain who had a reason–had a real reason for why he was doing what he was doing–and perhaps the descent into madness and all of those things caught up with them.”

Season 3 of Outer Banks is streaming now on Netflix. Watch the full interview.

Outer Banks. (L to R) Andy McQueen as Singh, Charles Halford as Big John in episode 309 of Outer Banks. Cr. Jackson Lee Davis/Netflix © 2023

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