“It’s pretty ridiculous, isn’t it?”
I know I’m at the right place when I hear the screams. As I approach the Barbour store on NYC’s Madison Avenue, a man who seems handsome even from 100 feet away steps out of a car and the decibel count immediately goes up. Way up.
There’s a crowd behind a barricade on the pavement. One woman has been waiting there since midnight. Another arrived at 4 A.M., all the way from Washington, D.C. Another says she’s from Norway.
They’re here to see Sam Heughan, Outlander’s Jamie Fraser. He waves at the crowd cheerfully and poses for a couple of photos before striding through the doors, an admiring “He’s so nice!” wafting in after him. In a kind of echo, Heughan approvingly calls, “This is a nice store!” Everything definitely feels nice right now.
Among the storied tartans and jackets of the classic brand, I spoke to Heughan about his role as Barbour’s global brand ambassador, what we can expect from the third season of Outlander, and what he would be doing if he weren’t portraying an 18th-century Scotsman.
How did you come to collaborate with Barbour?
[Vice chairman of Barbour] Helen [Barbour] and I realized that I come from the same village that her ancestor John Barbour came from, who created Barbour. It just seemed like such a great connection. I grew up in Scotland, and everyone wore Barbour. It’s very practical, it’s very outdoorsy. It’s what the gamekeepers and the fishermen and the farmers would wear.
Do you have any particular outdoor memories of your childhood in that village?
It sounds almost unreal, but I was born and raised on old castlegrounds—Kenmure Castle.
That does sound made up.
It’s pretty ridiculous, isn’t it? But it was also a working farm, so we used to go help the local farmers dip the sheep and round up the sheep. The local shepherd, I vividly remember his old Barbour jacket, with a hipflask in the pocket. It just feels very familiar—like part of my childhood. The smell of the wax. Whenever I put one on now, it just feels comforting.
Sheep dipping—what is that?
It’s to cleanse the sheep of any pests. It’s an annual thing, before they shear the sheep.
So you’ve created a capsule collection with Barbour. What inspired the pieces?
They have this great archive where they have jackets that date back to when they first began in 1894. They’re still wearable; they’ve been so well maintained. That’s what inspired me. To see how, over the years, the jackets change to suit the purpose—for the Second World War, or for motorbike riders. It’s all practical.
So that’s what I wanted to reflect in my collection. I love the outdoors, I love climbing mountains. But I also like to walk down the street in New York in the fall and go to a bar. So what I require of a jacket is different, but it still has that heritage.
I read that you’re a fan of Bear Grylls. If you had to head out on an adventure right now, what would it be?
I’ve always been into endurance sport, which I think is more about your mind pushing your body, which is definitely why that Bear Grylls book sung to me. I’m kind of obsessed by Everest and all those men that mountaineer and take themselves to extreme limits. Having gone back to Scotland to work on Outlander, I’ve been climbing a lot and getting out in the Highlands.
I imagine it’s pretty cold in Scotland while you’re filming.
I came from Scotland this week—I’m filming now, and just finished the first two episodes of the third season. It’s freezing cold. It’s raining.
Isn’t it summer?
Yeah. It’s Scotland. It’s always wet. Scotland is about layering. The weather changes every 10 minutes.
As you may recall, Season 2 of Outlander was heavy — especially when Jamie and Claire were living in France.
Their marriage was tested time and time again. Between trying to stop the Jacobite rebellion, dealing with great personal loss, and Jamie’s hair choices, they were really put through the wringer.
And in an exclusive look at a deleted scene from that dark time, we see them — once again — remember how much they love each other, even when Jamie’s headed to a brothel.
As Jamie’s leaving their ritzy Paris abode, Claire overhears him asking Fergus about a specific lady of ill repute. Which, like, come on, Jamie. Fergus is 11.
But it is, per usual, all Bonny Prince Charles’ fault. And Claire, knowing how high the stakes are, sends her husband off with love. Because, as you may also recall, they always find their way back to each other.
For more deleted scenes and behind-the-scenes extras, check out Outlander Season 2 on digital release Oct. 31, and on DVD and Blu-ray Nov. 1. And for book readers, the Amazon Exclusive Collectors Edition will include a new excerpt from Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone, the upcoming ninth book in the Outlander series.
— Outlander (@Outlander_STARZ) September 7, 2016
We may have to wait many more months for more Outlander, but we don’t have to wait any longer to see new footage of Sam Heughan’s face.
The star of the epic Starz drama is here in this clip, exclusive to E! News, to welcome you to Culloden for the first day of Outlander season 3. Click play above!
Season two ended earlier this year with pretty much everything having changed. We learned that after Claire (Caitriona Balfe) had gone back to her own time, she and Frank (Tobias Menzies) had raised her and Jamie’s daughter, Brianna (Sophie Skelton) together until Frank’s death.
Then, on a trip back to Inverness to mourn the death of Reverend Wakefield, Brianna learned about her true parentage and Claire learned that her husband did not die on the battlefield at Culloden.
What we did not see, however, was what did happen at Culloden after Claire left, and it looks like that’s exactly what we’re going to see when Outlander returns in 2017.
Starz announced back in June that the series would return for both a third and a fourth season, spanning both Voyager and Drums of Autumn, the third and fourth books in Diana Gabaldon’s beloved series.
Not much has been announced about the upcoming seasons, but a very important character has been cast. Australian actor David Berry will play Lord John Grey, who we’ve already met as a teenager, but will now meet as an adult. He’s so important in the Outlander world that he has his very own Lord John book series.
Now, if you’ll excuse us, we’ve got to watch that clip above a few more times…for research.
Outlander Book Three starts production in Scotland
Starz, in association with Sony Pictures Television, announced today that production has begun on book three of the Emmy-nominated hit original series Outlander. Outlander Book Three will include 13 episodes based upon the third of eight books in Diana Gabaldon’s international best-selling “Outlander” series, entitled “Voyager.”
Outlander Book Three picks up right after Claire (Caitriona Balfe) travels through the stones to return to her life in 1948. Now pregnant, she struggles with the fallout of her sudden re-appearance and its effect on her marriage to her first husband, Frank (Tobias Menzies). Meanwhile, in the 18th century, Jamie suffers from the aftermath of his doomed last stand at the historic battle of Culloden, as well as the loss of Claire. As the years pass, Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire attempt to make a life apart from one another, each haunted by the memory of their lost love. The budding possibility that Claire can return to Jamie in the past breathes new hope into Claire’s heart… as well as new doubt. Separated by continents and centuries, Claire and Jamie must find their way back to each other. As always, adversity, mystery, and adventure await them on the path to reunion. And the question remains: when they find each other, will they be the same people who parted at the standing stones, all those years ago?
Diana Gabaldon’s eight-book series has sold more than 26 million copies worldwide and all eight books in the series have graced the New York Times best-sellers list.
Ronald D. Moore, Maril Davis, Matthew B. Roberts, Toni Graphia, Anne Kenney, and Andy Harries serve as executive producers of Outlander, which is produced by Tall Ship Productions, Story Mining & Supply Company and Left Bank Pictures in association with Sony Pictures Television.
The lovely folks are Barbour have released a bunch of new photos and a video of Sam endorsing the brand. I’ve added a Barbour section to the gallery to keep all their photos in one place. Sam looks stunning and I see a bunch of things I would want (from the women’s collection). Enjoy!