I’ve added scans from Sam’s appearance on this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly. Be sure to grab your own copy as they hit newstands today! Thanks to Emily for these.
Sam has been featured in a few magazines lately and I’ve finally found time to post them on the site. Enjoy!
En garde, Outlander fans: When the time-traveling series (and recipient of EW’s Poppy Award for Best Drama!) returns for a third season on Starz next year, the action will begin with the historic Battle of Culloden – a significant departure from the start of Voyager, the third book in Diana Gabaldon’s book series from which season 3 is based.
“It just felt like for the TV show, we’ve been promising this for a while and it just felt like we should have something,” executive producer Ronald D. Moore tells EW of the conflict that was first teased in the season 2 finale between the French-backed highlanders and the British army. “We should give the audience some sense of what happened on that moor.”
In the latest issue, EW offers an exclusive first look from the premiere episode when Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) goes mano e mano with his archenemy Jonathan Black Jack Randall (Tobias Menzies), the British soldier who raped him in prison back in season 1. The two will engage in a dramatic duel, a detail that may throw fans of Gabaldon’s best-selling books. (Voyager starts with a battle-weary Jamie having almost no recollection of the 1746 battle that marked the end of the Scottish Clan system).
“We’re playing it out more,” promises Moore, who says the epic shoot in Scotland in August was “easily one of our biggest set pieces.”
There are plenty of other big developments planned for the new season – like Jamie’s romantic reunion with Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and their much-anticipated adventure on the high seas (we’ve got details on that, too!). Even better news: Sophie Skelton will reprise her role as Brianna, the daughter of Jamie and Claire, while Richard Rankin will return as Roger Wakefield for the drama that’s already been picked up for a fourth season.
“It’s daunting,” admits Balfe, who used her time off after season 1 to costar in this year’s Money Monster for director Jodie Foster. “Actors are completely neurotic people. It goes from ‘I would love a steady job’ to ‘Oh God, I have a steady job!’ But to have that stability, and to continue our lives with these characters, is really exciting.”
Wait, there’s more! Join in on the season 3 fun on Oct. 3 by tuning in to a special edition of Outlander Live! on EW Radio. Lynette Rice and Amy Wilkinson will interview executive producer Maril Davis, give away an Outlander Season 2 Collector’s Edition DVD, and take your calls! Outlander Live! airs at 2 p.m. ET on Sirius XM 105.
For more scoop on the new characters joining the Outlander action this season, plus a special treat from Gabaldon herself, pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly on stands Friday, or buy it here now. And don’t forget to subscribe for more exclusive interviews and photos, only in EW.
And if that’s not enough, Gabaldon will also be at EW PopFest to talk all things Outlander on Sunday, Oct. 30. She joins a growing roster of guests, including Jennifer Aniston and the cast of Office Christmas Party; the casts of the CW’s Arrow, Supergirl, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow; Gilmore Girls creator/executive producer Amy Sherman-Palladino and executive producer Daniel Palladino; Supernatural stars Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles; the cast of Happy Endings; “Three Rounds” with the Grey’s Anatomy doctors, and many more. Plus, Eddie Redmayne will be taking the stage to reveal a sneak peak of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and we’ll be kicking off the festivities with an advance screening of Marvel’s Doctor Strange.
Currently only have the cover image. Will add scans when I get my copy.
“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.
Harper’s Bazaar went live with the Outlander star and Barbour brand ambassador Sam Heughan.
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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.
I’ve added new photos of Sam from Barbour partnered with GQ. He looks amazing!! There was also a small video from the photo session. Enjoy!
— 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.