I’ve added some screencaps of Sam at The Sunday Herald Scottish Culture Awards as well as a couple new outtakes from Departures magazine. Sam looked dashing as always.
So the season finale to Outlander is today. I don’t know about you but I am anxious about it even though I know how it will play out. Who’s feeling the same?
Check out the video from The Sunday Herald Scottish Culture Awards.
The stars of a popular time-traveling TV series are the talk of television. Scotland … a land of mists and magic and myth, is the perfect setting for a romantic, historical, adventure series — with some time travel thrown in. It’s called “Outlander,” a surprise hit for Starz TV, now coming to the end of its second season.
Caitriona Balfe plays Claire, a English battlefield nurse who travels to Scotland with her husband, Frank, at the end of World War II.
She happens upon a mystical portal, and finds herself hurled 200 years into the past — 1743, to be exact — with Scottish clans plotting rebellion against the British. “Claire is, in a way, the audience,” said Balfe. “She is the eyes that they see the rest of the story through.”
Compelled for her own safety to marry a handsome young Scot, Claire finds herself falling in love. When you meet Sam Heughan, who plays Jamie Fraser, it’s not hard to see why she falls hard.
“They don’t always see eye-to-eye,” he said. “He is from the past. He has his own moral code. She’s from the future, and certainly thinks a different way. So they’re constantly banging heads when they come to these moments. But they have love for each other, and they discuss it. And eventually work out that that takes the relationship forward, and makes them ultimately, closer.”
“It’s such a beautiful story,” said Balfe. “Not only do you have this incredible love story at the heart of it, but there’s an awful lot about what home means to people — being displaced. How does that change your life? How do you find home within a new land? I mean, I think that’s something that people today can really relate to.”
Another thing to relate to: the 18th century costumes, designed by Terry Dresbach.
Dresbach showed Miller an example of metal embroidery typical of the period. “This is done with actual silver plate, and it’s a technique in embroidery that hasn’t been used in over 100 years.”
Another of Balfe’s dresses featured shaved sheets of mica to catch light. “I think it was about 69 pounds — I couldn’t move too much in the dress,” Balfe laughed, “but it was really beautiful.”
And then there is the “pretend sex,” as Balfe refers to it. “Oh, if only you knew all the crew that were standing in the room at the same time,” she laughed.
Writer Diana Gabaldon, who lives, not in Scotland, but in Scottsdale, Arizona, is writing her ninth book in the best selling “Outlander” series. There have been 26 million copies sold, in 42 countries, translated into 38 languages.
“This is a love story,” Gabaldon said, about “the power of love, what love can accomplish.”
She published the first 25 years ago. “I’m telling what it takes to be married for 50 years, ’cause I’ve never seen anybody do that before,” Gabaldon said.
Jamie and Claire’s love story will range the world over, but its roots are in Scotland, Jamie Fraser’s home.
“It’s been great to come back to Scotland and rediscover the country [where] I grew up. And understand what it is I love about it,” Heughan said. “And I realize that a great deal of it is the landscape and the culture and the people, [which] seem to be closer to our ancestors than maybe other cultures. It’s just fascinating.”
Doune Castle, just outside of Edinburgh, sits in for the fictional Castle Leoch.
Gary Lewis plays Colum MacKenzie, powerful head of the MacKenzie clan — shrewd, well-read, and hobbled by a rare disease.
“He studies history as much as he can,” Lewis said, “and he tries to learn the lessons — lessons which have taught him that, without outside help, we cannot defeat a stronger power.”
And yet the small, rugged band of hardy Scots will fight bravely against overwhelming odds.
Heughan showed Miller the show’s armory (“This is my favorite spot!” he laughed), filled with dirks and daggers, swords and muskets.
But at the center of it all is the time-traveling Claire, a modern woman, struggling with the painful knowledge that the Scottish rebellion is doomed.
Sam has done a few interviews recently. You can check them out below as well as screencaptures.
• 2016: June 09 – LA Times Interview: Caps || Watch Video
• 2016: June 08 – ET Canada: Caps || Watch Video
• 2016: June 01 – Variety’s Actors On Actors: Caps || Video Above
• 2016: Variety ‘Actor’s on Actors’ Photo Session: Screencaps – recent additions
• 2015: April 3 – WSJ Cafe Interview: Caps – old interview
V sex scenes might appear steamy to viewers, but the actors who perform them on-screen don’t always feel the heat. “Jessica Jones’” Krysten Ritter and “Outlander’s” Sam Heughan said there’s no pleasure in shooting sex scenes, while chatting for Variety and PBS’ “Actors on Actors” series.
“I don’t like doing sex scenes, but with Jessica, I always felt like the sex scenes came from such a place of character and strength so it always made sense to me,” said Ritter, who plays the title character on Netflix’s “Jessica Jones.”
“I never thought of them as being like anything that spectacular.”
Ritter said her father doesn’t watch the superhero series due to said scenes.
“Having everybody’s eyes on you, sometimes, it’s difficult,” Ritter continued. “There are days when that’s like, ‘Aww man, I wish I could just like disappear for a day.”‘
Heughan, who sat opposite Ritter, agreed the scenes can be “tough” and “so not sexy.” But, like Ritter, he appreciates the value sex scenes add to “Outlander.”
“We always talk to the producers and the writers and work out how it moves the relationship forward or what it reveals about the character. But our show is definitely a central relationship and so we learn a lot about our characters through their sex life,” he said.
“We always approach it like a play,” he added. “You go through it and work out exactly what you want the audience to feel or see, and then you just have to literally block it out and it becomes so almost mechanical.”
***MASSIVE SPOILERS FOR OUTLANDER AHEAD***
We’re not even halfway through this season of Outlander, but fans are already bracing themselves for the drama ahead. Since Outlander closely mirrors the popular book series by Diana Gabaldon, it’s easy for hardcore fanatics to spoil themselves (and it’s also easy to just google what’s coming up).
With that in mind, we couldn’t resist the temptation of asking series stars Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan about the future of Outlander.
***AGAIN: MASSIVE SPOILERS AHEAD. DO NOT PROCEED IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO BE SPOILED.***
If you’re familiar with the books, you’ll know that we eventually meet older versions of Claire and Jamie. In fact, based on certain casting announcements, we may meet them this year. So we asked Balfe and Heughan if there had been any chatter about the what the aging process would entail.
Balfe stayed a little bit coy on the topic. She said, “I think it’s such an exciting challenge to move forward with your character and figure out what do those years of experience and those years of life do to change you?”
Heughan, on the other hand, let some kind of big spoilers drop with his answer. “What happens to Jamie when he loses the woman he loves and thinks he’s going to die and is alive?” mused Heughan. “How does that change him?”
We’ll have to be patient to see what Balfe and Heughan uncover in the seasons to come.
THE Scots actor, who plays Jamie Fraser in the Starz time travel series, took a few minutes to answer some fan questions that were submitted via Twitter.
OUTLANDER star Sam Heughan has revealed all after taking part in a Q&A with fans.
Taking part in Variety’s Actors on Actors series, the Scots actor, who plays Jamie Fraser in the Starz time travel series, spent a few minutes answering some fan questions submitted via Twitter. One fan asked whether it would be quicker to travel back in time through the standing stones, just like Claire Randall did in Diana Gabaldon’s story, or in Back to the Future’s DeLorean. Sam debated the issue, with the car needing to speed up to 88mph to travel while the Scottish standing stones are fixed in position and decided it was “a mixed bag”. He was also asked whether he would have made different decisions on the Battle of Culloden and Bonnie Prince Charlie if he were in Jamie’s shoes and whether being able to refer to Diana’s books, as well as the script, has an impact on what viewers see on screen.
You can see Sam’s answers to these questions and more with the video below.