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Video/Press: Outlander star Sam Heughan recalls his acting roots

SAM HEUGHAN has recalled his days studying at Glasgow’s ‘Royal Conservatoire’ performing arts academy, describing it as a “terrific experience”.

The Outlander star, a BA Acting graduate from the Glasgow institution, has been recruited alongside former alumni as part of a drive to attract the nation’s next generation of performing artists.

In a 4 minute interview shared by the Royal Conservatoire via Youtube, the actor recalls his formative years and reveals the invaluable lessons learned and friendships forged while studying for his diploma.

The Royal Conservatoire’s campaign arrives hot on the heels of the announcement that the institution is now regarded as the world’s third best college for performing arts.

Past alumni of the Scottish academy include household names such as James McAvoy, David Tennant, Katie Leung and Alan Cumming.

And Sam Heughan has no doubts that the time he spent at the institution has led him to where he is today. The actor said: “I had a terrific experience at the Royal Conservatoire, being here on the stage is where it all began for me. My training gave me opportunities to work in Scotland, the UK and now in America where I spend a lot of time.

“The Royal Conservatoire knows and understands this industry, the teaching staff have great relationships and partnerships with national theatre companies, directors, agents and casting agents.”

However, it wasn’t all plain sailing for the 36-year-old; Sam’s first audition didn’t quite go to plan: “I auditioned for the Royal Conservatoire twice. My first audition was very bad – I had no idea what I was doing but it instilled in me that I had to come back the next year and try again.

“If you don’t get in on your first attempt, it’s a test of character. In this industry you need to learn to take on board productive criticism.

“I needed to work harder and come back better – so when I auditioned the second time, I was determined I was going to get in. The audition process is not as scary as you might think. It was a really rewarding experience and then when I was offered a place, it was sheer elation.

“Thanks to drama school I made a core group of friends so that no matter where I am in the world, there is always a contingent of Scottish actors and familiar faces.”

Principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Professor Jeffrey Sharkey, said: “Scotland’s national conservatoire is one of the world’s top 10 performing arts institutions, ranked alongside great international establishments such as New York’s Juilliard and the Vienna Conservatoire.

“Students come from across the globe to access the high quality education on offer right here in Glasgow.

“We offer students a distinctive learning experience along with a strong belief in the transformative power of the performing arts, which allows us to be one of the most inclusive, diverse and collaborative institutions within Scotland as well as internationally.

“We welcome students from across Scotland, the UK, Europe and beyond to begin their learning journeys with us in September 2018.”
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Categories Outlander Press Projects Video

Press: Outlander, Sam, and Caitriona, all win at the People’s Choice Awards!

Last night was the 2017 People’s Choice Awards and Outlander, Sam, and Caitriona were all nominated respectively.. and won! Sadly, the duo were not in attendance but did share a lovely video message on social media regarding their wins. Check it out below:

Favorite TV Show
The Big Bang Theory
Grey’s Anatomy
Outlander
Stranger Things
The Walking Dead

Favorite Premium Sci-Fi/Fantasy Series
Game of Thrones
Marvel’s Luke Cage
Outlander
Stranger Things
Westworld

Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor
Andrew Lincoln
Ian Somerhalder
Jensen Ackles
Sam Heughan
Tyler Posey

Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress
Caitriona Balfe
Emilia Clarke
Jennifer Morrison
Lauren Cohan
Millie Bobby Brown

Categories Appearance Alert Outlander Press Projects

Press: Sam and Caitriona are headed to Emerald City Comic Con!

This was announced earlier today from the official twitter of Emerald City Comic Con:

It’s… @caitrionambalfe and @SamHeughan from @Outlander_STARZ!! Appearing Friday and Saturday at #ECCC!

Sam and Cait will be making an appearance on March 3rd & March 4th. Tickets for March 4th are sold out but there are tickets still available for March 3rd last time I looked. The duo will most likely be doing a duo as well as autograph signings and photo ops. There is a Outlander VIP package available for $495 + daily ticket cost, that includes both autographs, a photo op with both together, AND admission to the VIP special meet and greet on Friday, March 3rd.

If you can afford it, it sounds AMAZING. If you attend please share your photos with us!

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Press: GLAMOUR’s 100 Sexiest Men 2017

Sound the hot guy klaxon, GLAMOUR’s 100 Sexiest Men for 2017 – as voted by YOU – have been revealed. Yes, we know it’s only December, but let’s face it, 2016 has sucked, so we’re looking ahead to a brighter, better, hotter 2017.

Who have you crowned your King Of Sexy? Before we unveil your number one, let’s appreciate the other 99 lustworthy contenders. From big screen beefcakes and YouTube stars, to TV’s finest specimens, and the singers who can come serenade us anytime, we bring you the 100 Sexiest Men for 2017. Enjoy.

63. Sam Heughan
Age: 36
Single? Despite gossip that Sam was seeing his Outlander co-star Caitriona Balfe, recent reports indicate that this Highland warrior is still available.
See Him Next: Sam will don his kilt to portray Jamie Fraser in the third season of Outlander, date yet to be confirmed.

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** P.S. I don’t personally like to post about Sam’s personal dating life. I don’t feel that’s anyone’s business but I’m simply sharing the post.

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Press/Photos/Video: Outlander Star Sam Heughan Shows You How to Be Rugged as Hell This Holiday Season

Barbour released a Merry Christmas video with Sam. I’ve added the video below and screencaps to the gallery. I’ve also added a missing photo session to the gallery. Enjoy!

Outlander Star Sam Heughan Shows You How to Be Rugged as Hell This Holiday Season
Are you one of those city dudes who buys his Christmas tree from a lot? Or are you of a more rugged sort; the type of guy who purloins his trees straight from the source—in a forest, using nothing more than a hatchet, a dog, and some artfully styled heritage wear. Apparently Sam Heughan, star of the hit series Outlander, is the latter.

At least he is when he’s filming a commercial for Barbour’s winter collection, anyway. The ad, which features the Scottish actor in a host of Barbour goodies—including a parka, a flannel shirt, and some very heritage-y fingerless woolen gloves—makes a great case for not only buying clothing from the classic English brand, but also for spending your holidays in a remote, wooded portion of the British Isles.

But if you’re like most of use, the only hiking you’ll be doing this Christmas season will be schlepping from the parking garage to the mall. May as well look good doing it, though. Check out Barbour’s full winter collection at barbour.com.
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Categories Outlander Press Projects

News/Press: ‘Outlander’ Nominated for a Satellite Award!

The Satellite Awards released their list of award nominees and our favorite series made the list!

Television Series
Game of Thrones – HBO
Outlander – Starz
The Walking Dead – AMC
Westworld – HBO
The Man in the High Castle – Amazon
Stranger Things – Netflix
Orphan Black – BBC America
Black Mirror – Netflix

Categories Appearances Bloodwise Photos Press Projects

Press/Photos: Scottish actor Sam Heughan becomes Scotland President for Bloodwise

The Outlander star was announced as Scotland President of Bloodwise at a reception held at the iconic Lighthouse in Glasgow on Wednesday 16 November.

Sam, who was joined during the evening by blood cancer patients, researchers and fundraisers said: “It is a great honour to be given this title and to have met the extended Bloodwise family and individuals who have contributed to research and helped to fundraise. They are making a remarkable difference.

“I hope to honour all those affected by blood cancer and continue the fight against this disease.”

Sam, 36, who plays Jamie Fraser in the hit TV series Outlander, has been a staunch supporter of the charity since 2011, most recently spearheading fundraising and fitness campaign ‘My Peak Challenge’. The initiative galvanised Sam’s supporters to raise £225,000 to help fund a clinical trial that is testing treatment for one of the most aggressive forms of leukaemia.
It is hoped that Sam’s role at the charity will continue to raise awareness of blood cancers such as leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma.

Yvonne Dickson, Head of Regional Fundraising, presented a hand engraved Scottish Quaich to Sam to celebrate the occasion. She said: “Sam has been an incredibly loyal supporter of Bloodwise for a number of years. He has not only rallied his fans and supporters to help raise money for the charity, but his global profile has increased awareness of blood cancer and the work we do to improve the lives of patients.

“We are absolutely delighted that he has become our Scottish President and are excited to see what the future holds.”

The charity has a strong presence in Scotland, with over £6million currently invested in blood cancer research projects at Glasgow and Edinburgh Universities.
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November 16 – Bloodwise Scotland President Reception

Categories Outlander Press Projects

Press: Sam, Caitriona, and Outlander receive People’s Choice Award Nominations

The People’s Choice Awards released their award nominees for 2017 and Sam, Caitriona, and Outlander were all nominated! I hope 2017 will be the year for Outlander nominations and award wins. They need your help to win! Take a minute and Vote. Everyone can vote once DAILY.

FAVORITE SCI-FI/FANTASY TV ACTOR
Andrew Lincoln
Ian Somerhalder
Jensen Ackles
Sam Heughan
Tyler Posey

FAVORITE SCI-FI/FANTASY TV ACTRESS
Caitriona Balfe
Emilia Clarke
Jennifer Morrison
Lauren Cohan
Millie Bobby Brown

FAVORITE TV SHOW
The Big Bang Theory
Grey’s Anatomy
Outlander
Stranger Things
The Walking Dead

FAVORITE PREMIUM SCI-FI/FANTASY SERIES
Game of Thrones
Marvel’s Luke Cage
Outlander
Stranger Things
Westworld

To see the full list of categories and nominees click here.

Categories Audio Audiobooks Press Projects

Press/Audio/Photos: Cassie Clare reveals how ‘Tales from Shadowhunter Academy’ audiobook cast came together

There’s a new article in Entertainment Weekly with author Cassandra Clare where she discusses her new audio book. Many actors have part taken in this audio book including Sam. Check out a clip from his segment below or here.

Fans of Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunters got a treat last year when the author’s Tales From Shadowhunter Academy novellas were released — complete with audiobook recordings by some fantastic narrators, like ;Outlander’s Sam Heughan and How to Get Away With Murder’s Jack Falahee.

Now, Tales From Shadowhunter Academy is finally being released as a complete collection from Simon & Schuster Audio — and EW is thrilled to offer excerpts from each of the novella audiobooks, so you can sample what each narrator brought to the work. Clare also talked to us about what she looked for in casting the performers (she’s very involved in the process), and what it’s like to hear her stories come to life in her ears.

Check out the Q&A, cast list, and excerpts, below:
“Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy” — Devon Bostick (The 100)
“The Lost Herondale” — Jack Falahee (How to Get Away with Murder)
“The Whitechapel Fiend” — Luke Pasqualino (Skins, The Musketeers, The Borgias)
“Nothing But Shadows” — Nico Mirallegro (Hollyoaks, My Mad Fat Diary)
“The Evil We Love” — Chris Wood (The Vampire Diaries)
“Pale Kings and Princes” — Ki Hong Lee (The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)
“Bitter of Tongue” — Torrance Coombs (Reign)
“The Fiery Trial” — Sam Heughan (Outlander)
“Born to Endless Night” — Keahu Kahuanui (Teen Wolf)
“Angels Twice Descending” — Brett Dalton (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How did you cast these narrators? What was your criteria for each story and how involved are you in that part of the process?
CASSANDRA CLARE: I was quite involved in the process. Because this was an audio project, we didn’t go looking for people who looked like Simon, but instead for actors who we felt embodied parts of Simon’s personality: His sense of humor, his nerdy charm, and his evolving social consciousness regarding the world he’s decided to join.

Why do you prefer to have a different narrator for each story as opposed to having one person do the whole collection?
Initially, we used this model for the Bane Chronicles as a matter of practicality. It was impossible to find a single actor who could have been available to read on all the random dates when the books would need to be recorded. We found that the upside of having a variety of voices narrate was that each narrator brought their own skills to each story, and gave each tale a unique feel.

Which of the narrators sounded just the way you imagined the character in your head?
Sam was one of our most unexpected hits. We wouldn’t have thought he’d bring such Simon-ness to the role, but he totally did.

Did anyone bring new layers or shades to a character that surprised you?
We had a great group of readers, and all of them brought out different aspects of the story than you might get reading them. One of the great things about reading an audiobook is that you aren’t playing one character, you’re playing all the characters in a story. It really gives the actors room to play.

What were you excited to explore with this collection that you didn’t get to in the novels?
In the novels, the Shadowhunter Academy is a place that’s been closed since Valentine used it as a place to foment rebellion. I was interested in having a chance to revisit it, since the school is a setting that has seen so much history. I was also interested in exploring the idea of an ordinary human becoming a Shadowhunter. An important aspect of the Shadowhunter world is that they aren’t totally set apart. They aren’t aliens. Anyone can become a Shadowhunter.

What does it feel like to listen to your work aloud as part of an audio performance?
It’s wonderful to hear the work brought to life by skilled artists. The great thing about listening to actors read is that because of what they emphasize, and the energy they bring to each story, you notice things about the story you might otherwise have missed. You can close your eyes and imagine the story as it happens. It’s the exact right balance of interpretation and imagination.

Audio Book: Tales from Shadowhunter Academy