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I Flew To Bangkok To Meet The Cast Of 'The Stranded'—Here's What Happened

I wish they were my barkada, TBH.
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Earlier this November, I was one of the lucky few who got to fly to Thailand to interview the cast of the country's first-ever Netflix Original series, The Stranded. If you aren't familiar with it yet (you should be!), here's what the show's about: 36 high school students from a super-exclusive high school get stuck on an island AFTER A TSUNAMI TAKES PLACE. With some of them injured, and without any ~adults~ to guide them, the teens set out to find a way to survive. Secrets are revealed, tensions rise, and new relationships and alliances are formed. 

The Stranded has a main cast composed of 13 young actors who were selected from all over Thailand! According to the show's director Jim Sophon, they held open auditions for the roles and they had to see over a dozen hopefuls for each character. 

The cast of 'The Stranded' during the show's press conference Netflix
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During my stay in Bangkok, I got to chat with seven of the main cast, and it was honestly one of the best experiences ever! It was a welcome bonus that they were all roughly my age and that everyone was super cuteor, as they say in Thailand: Naa rak ah. At one point, I was even inside an elevator with them and I'm telling you: I held my breath for as long as I could because there was just too much *attractiveness* in that tight space. 

Papangkorn "Beam" Lerkchaleampote

Beam plays Kraam, a fisherman's son who was a scholar at a high school for rich kids. The Stranded is Beam's first lead role, and, as expected, it was a bit overwhelming for him. To prep for the show, Beam even had to attend a diving workshop for two months, as well as rock-climbing classes! 

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Beam Lerkchaleampote during the premiere night Netflix

Do you think you'd survive if The Stranded happened to you in real life? 

"Yes! I think I will survive. I'll survive happily. I think I can live a life out there. I would enjoy myself on the island with friends, and living there would remind me of my childhood."  

What similarities or differences do you have with your character? 

"Kraam and I see the world the same way. But I have more experience than Kraam because he's only 18 and I'm 23. What's different between us is our outer personalities. Me, I'm pretty hyperactive and I use my hands [a lot] to express myself. [During shooting] sometimes, I would break out of character and use my hands... I wish Kraam is a bit funnier. In reality, I'm a funny guy and I like to make jokes."

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Beam as Kraam in 'The Stranded' Tossapon Somwong for Netflix

Chutavuth "March" Pattarakhumpol

March plays Anan, your typical rich guy with ~family issues~. All he wants is to get out of the island and be with his girlfriend, May (Pat Chansangavej). IRL, March rose to fame when he starred in the hit Thai show Hormones (2013-2015).

March Pattarakhumpol during the star-studded event Netflix
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Do you think you'd survive if The Stranded happened to you in real life? 

"I'll survive, because I'll make use of all the ~skills~ I got from movies. What will push me to survive is that I'll miss my mom and I'd want to see her again." 

What similarities or differences do you have with your character? 

"Anan and I, we both take everything quite seriously. But what's different is that with me, I take a break when I become too serious. I stop [what I'm doing], enjoy with my friends, and take time to relax. Anan is pretty self-centered... But I'd like to [clarify] that Anan is actually a cute and fun guy, but he turned very serious because of the situation. If he actually changed the way he talked, it would make it easier for him to communicate with other people."

Chayanit "Pat" Chansangavej

Pat plays the role of May, a responsible student who appears strong on the outside but who has her own problems to deal with. According to Pat, during shooting, she learned to live without her phone because there was no signal! 

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Pat Chansangavej poses for the camera before walking the red carpet Netflix

Do you think you'd survive if The Stranded happened to you in real life? 

"No, I think I would cry my eyes out! Also, I hate fish. I really hate fish, so no. But I would try to use skills that I can get from YouTube tutorials." 

What similarities or differences do you have with your character? 

"We're the same. Not exactly the same, but May is a perfectionist and she's a high school girl. She's not very easy to get to know. She appears to be, but she's not. In reality, I'm like that...sometimes. [I have] walls... I also think May is very intense and she overthinks, and I hate it."

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March as Anan and Pat as May in 'The Stranded' Tossapon Somwong for Netflix

Oabnithi "Oab" Wiwattanawarang 

Oab's character Joey is the senior class president. Oab is one of Thailand's rising actors, and he recently starred in the film Inhuman Kiss (2019)which is the country's entry to the 2020 Oscars.  

Oab Wiwattanawarang plays Joey in 'The Stranded' Netflix
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Do you think you'd survive if The Stranded happened to you in real life? 

"In real life? I think...I COULD die. Maybe I won't, because I would want to kiss my mom on the cheek again. I would try my best to survive, but I could really die."

What similarities or differences do you have with your character? 

"Joey is similar to me because he's a happy guy. But [unlike him] I don't want to be in charge. Like, I don't want to be the president of the class. I want to be a follower and I want to be with my friends. I like my privacy." 

Oab as Joey in 'The Stranded' Tossapon Somwong for Netflix
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Chanya "Ning" McClorly

Ning is an up-and-coming actress who recently got nominated for Best Leading Female Performance In Digital at the 2019 Asian Television Awards for her role in The Deadline (2018).  

Chanya McClorly on the red carpet Netflix

Do you think you'd survive if The Stranded happened to you in real life? 

"I'd survive. I'm very adaptable and I will be able to invent anything. I've been living on my own since I was very young, so I feel like I've learned a lot of skills."

What similarities or differences do you have with your character? 

"I play Naam, a girl with a special ability. She has a sixth sense, and she's a little bit of an observer. Sometimes, she talks in a way that's not very expressive. Some of the students feel like she's a bit of a weirdo... As for me, I'm energetic and joyful, which is a little different from the character. But like Naam, I also believe in mysteries and the supernatural, so I have no problem in that department and I use my imagination [during filming]."

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Chanya as Naam in 'The Stranded' Tossapon Somwong for Netflix

Siwat "Mark" Jumlongkul 

In The Stranded, Mark plays Jack, a character who is in a relationship with Krit (Perth Sukhumpantanasan). The two previously starred in the Thai Boys Love (BL) series Love By Chance (2018), and they actually visited the Philippines with their castmates for a fan meet earlier this year.

Mark Jumlongkul poses for screaming fans on November 13 Netflix
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Do you think you'd survive if The Stranded happened to you in real life? 

"If this happened to me, I would try to survive and I'd take our shooting [for the show] as a kind of practice. But in reality, I think I might die."

What similarities or differences do you have with your character? 

"Jack is a character who loves his boyfriend so much. He has a very detailed eye and he's very engaging. In reality, I'm not like that. I sort of have a walla barrierwhen it comes to people. But when it comes to work, I don't have a problem at all because I care about the character I play."

Tanapon "Perth" Sukhumpantanasan 

Aside from being an actor, Perth is also part of a four-member Thai boy band called TEMPT. The group debuted in July 2019 with a single called "Tell Me Is This Love."

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Perth Sukhumpantanasan during the premiere night Netflix

Do you think you'd survive if The Stranded happened to you in real life? 

"In reality, I would die. I won't survive."

What similarities or differences do you have with your character? 

"I play Krit in The Stranded, and before the tsunami happened, he was very energetic and joyful, like a typical teenager. He was so full of life. But when the catastrophe hit, he changed. He didn't engage with the other students like before, which is completely different from how I am in real life."

Perth as Krit and Mark as Jack in 'The Stranded' Tossapon Somwong for Netflix
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***Answers have been edited for clarity. 

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