OUTER BANKS and GLASS ONION Star Madelyn Cline Covers Cosmopolitan’s The Money Issue

Posted on February 07, 2023

Madelyn Cline is on a hot streak. In just three years, the 25-year-old actor has gone from trying to find work to bona fide star—acting in hit Netflix teen drama Outer Banks and this winter’s blockbuster mystery Glass Onion. On the cover of Cosmopolitan’s February/March issue—The Money Issue—Madelyn opens up to senior entertainment editor Emma Baty about love, money, and being “filled with gratitude.” Plus, watch Madelyn’s Cosmo video—Expensive Taste Test—to see how the Money Issue cover star does when put to the test on macarons, sweaters, and champagne. Her method: never follow your instincts.




On getting her first big Netflix paycheck for Outer Banks: “I went straight to Urban Outfitters. I was like, Oh my god, all the cool clothes are at Urban. I had money that I could spend for the first time—I went a little bit nuts. Later, my accountant sat me down and was like, ‘Look, if you keep spending like this, you’re going to be starting from scratch.’”

On whether there is a pay discrepancy among the Outer Banks costars: “We all make the same amount. It’s an ensemble and we all work equally as hard. We were really open about wanting the same for everyone and to feel that everybody is compensated fairly.”

On how the Outer Banks costars support each other: “We call each other on our sh*t. Jonathan Daviss, who plays Pope on the show, is a big one for this. If I’m having a moment where I’m getting a little bit too in my head, he will be like, ‘Get it together. Look around. Look at life.’ We’ve been there for each other literally almost every single step of the way.”

On continuing to work with Chase Stokes, who plays John B. on Outer Banks, following November 2021 breakup: “We always said that the job remains untouched. Nothing else, personal or negative, will touch the job. And while that’s not always easy, our job is to leave the show better than we found it, to leave the season better than we found it. And I’m really appreciative of that.”

On having to decide what to talk about publicly and what to keep to herself: “My thing is, I don’t owe anyone an explanation. I am a really private person. There’s a part of me that is for me and nobody else. But in hindsight, duh, making my relationship public made it everybody else’s business. And I realized the negative side effects of that while going through the breakup, realizing I had let people in and then felt like I couldn’t get anybody out. It just hit me like a freight train. I wanted us both to move on and be happy. People see the need for sides. There are no sides—there’s no winning or losing in a breakup.”

On her arc as Tina in Stranger Things, and whether she would return for the final season of the show: “One thousand percent. I was really intimidated being on that show. And when I wrapped, Natalia Dyer and Joe Keery were in the makeup trailer, and I was saying goodbye, and Joe came up and gave me the biggest hug. And Charlie Heaton was really sweet. I doubt they even remember, but it stuck with me. I just remember feeling like, I don’t feel like so much of an outsider here. Now, on Outer Banks, I want to re-create that for everyone.”

On what she’s accomplished, including her bucket list Cosmopolitan cover: “When I was younger, I would read magazines and look at those girls and think, She’s so lucky. She gets to travel. She gets to do what she loves. Now I’m on the other side of it and I’m thinking about what my reaction as a 16-year-old would have been. It’s always fun to talk about the ride getting here. Even though it was tough, I look at it really fondly. And I live for having stories to tell.”

The Money Issue, hits newsstands nationwide on February 14.


[Photo Credit: Amber Asaly for Cosmopolitan Magazine]

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