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.
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.
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To see the full list of categories and nominees click here.
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.
Congratulations are in order to Sam and Caitriona for both getting Critic Choice Award nominations as best actor and best actress. We hope Sam and Cait will be in attendance at the event so we can see some great photos of them!
Canna get enough of #Outlander? Enjoy this deleted scene from the Season Two Collector’s Edition Blu-ray (out NOW)!
I’ve added a handful of random missing photos to the gallery. Check them out in the gallery. Enjoy!
Sam and Caitriona were in attendance today at the 2016 BAFTA Scotland Awards. Both were nominated in their respected categories of best actor and best actress for their work in Outlander. Unfortunately Sam did not win in his category but Caitriona did!
I’ve added a few photos of the two at the event as well as screencaps from the awards of them presenting and of Sam during Caitriona’s acceptance speech. To see what Caitriona had to say about Sam during her speech be sure to visit our Facebook page as I have added the video there!
Sam posted a new outtake from his photoshoot with Caitriona for Departures. Check it out, it looks lovely!
“It’s always hard when we’re apart,” he says of co-star Caitriona Balfe.
It’s been just under four months since Outlander fans had to say good-bye to Claire and Jamie Fraser during the emotional Season 2 finale. But it’s also a long wait until the time-traveling, star-crossed couple returns to Starz for Season 3 next April. Thankfully, in the meantime, there’s a new Blu-ray edition of Season 2 out on Tuesday, November 1. And, for the true devotees to both the show and the Diana Gabaldon novels, there’s also a special Collector’s Edition that features an exclusive excerpt from the upcoming Outlander novel “Go Tell The Bees That I Am Gone.” Outlander star Sam Heughan took a break from his grueling 11-month shooting schedule to reflect back on Season 2 and give a preview of why Season 3 feels like “a different show.” (Hint: It has to do with him missing co-star Caitriona Balfe.)
Vanity Fair: After the overwhelmingly warm reception for Season 1, was there a particular fan reaction to Season 2 that you did not see coming?
Sam Heughan: I think the first half of the season set in France was quite complicated, and it certainly wasn’t going back over the old ground of Season 1. I think we were very aware that the first season was this young relationship and about new love. We wanted to show something a bit more complicated [in Season 2]. I think fans were surprised. People tune in expecting the same show or the same sort of scenes and, yeah, I think we surprised fans with that.
I know you hear from fans who are put out or surprised by changes from the books. Was there any particular book aspect left out of Season 2 that you felt like fans were most hoping to see and didn’t?
Diana is all over this. I mean, I have constant e-mail updates, several times a day, about things she’s watched or things she’s read. We confer a lot, probably more than the producers want us to. There’s always going to be little details that will be missed because the show is only an hour-long episode each week. I know myself and Caitriona, we read the books and if we can sneak in a small detail that may not be in the script or even just that we know ourselves, that going from one scene to another, that something’s happened in between that maybe we haven’t been able to show, but at least we know it and, hopefully, in some way it manifests itself. Hopefully it’s all in Diana’s world. I know that she said herself that Season 2, especially at the start, was kind of complex and difficult to make into episodic TV.
There’s a behind-the-scenes feature on the Blu-ray of you, Caitriona, and Graham McTavish prepping for your big Season 2 fight scene. Can you tease anything about what fans might not know about how you prepare for combat?
Yeah, I mean, my God, the show is incredible. Not to give away much, but today, one minute I was on a horse riding across the Scottish countryside, and then I’m somewhere else in studio, and then I’m laying in a cot. But that particular Season 2 scene was very emotional. I absolutely loved doing a fight scene with Graham; I’ve always wanted to. He absolutely hated me fighting him. We actually shot several alternate endings to the fight because, obviously, in the book, Claire isn’t complicit. We thought, Jamie and Claire are a couple and they need to be both guilty of this deed. It’s not that Claire wants to kill anyone—she’s not a killer, she’s a hero—but she wants to aid Jamie and she basically ends up being complicit in the death of Dougal.
It was very funny because we were actually shooting a pick up on that and we didn’t have Caitriona there at the time; it was actually a double’s hands that are on the dagger. Graham was very wary of this double pushing too hard down on him that he might actually get stabbed. He was just this very hard man complaining that someone was pushing a fake dagger too hard on him.
Of course, with any Blu-ray, there are deleted scenes included here. Which deleted Season 2 scene were you most devastated not to see included in the original episodes?
There was one recently that was released on social media; it was the “Faith” scene. Certainly, from my perspective, you got to see a lot more of Jamie and his angst. I mean, he’s kind of not present for most of that episode. I think that’s important, that’s an important cut. We go on that journey with Claire and see her go through all the stages of grief and mourning and then some sort of brittle resolve. Almost, in a way, we didn’t want the camera to blink from her. I think that’s what was decided. Watching Jamie also go through it, well, absolutely, it’s another side. I certainly know that I really felt very strong in that scene. I felt that it was a very awkward place for Jamie to be that will have some sort of repercussion—even now in Season 3. I don’t think Jamie or Claire get over the loss of Faith. I think it’s wonderful that the fans actually get to see a glimpse into some of the other work that we do that’s not always on the screen.
I’ve heard you say that, as opposed to Caitriona with her elaborate costumes, it only takes you five minutes to get into wardrobe when Jamie is wearing the kilt. But I was curious, since we’re going to jump forward several years in Season 3, if you have some extra time in makeup chair this year and if you can tell us anything about what older Jaime looks like?
I mean, I’m probably not allowed to say much, but I think we all know that the books do span a great amount of time. Season 3, in particular, yeah, I mean, there was an aging process. There was definitely a different look to the characters, but you’ll have to tune in to find out, I guess. But even in Season 1, I had hours and hours of prosthetic makeup whenever the back scarring was on or Jamie got shot or injured. By no means does that stop in Season 3 so, yes, there’s been a lot of very long days where I’ve been in makeup.
The end of Season 2 saw Claire back in her own timeline so I really don’t think it’s a spoiler to say that you filmed a good part of Season 3 without Caitriona. Since you two have been such close partners on this whole experience, what was it like to go on without her?
Yeah. Honestly, it’s like having a death in the family. Well, I don’t know, I mean, it’s just like a different show. It’s hard to separate yourself from the character. Jamie’s present, living in his world, and Claire’s present and living in her world, and they both believe the other is dead. It’s always hard when we’re apart, actually, because she’s a great person, great to come to work with, and a very good actress. But I think it all adds to the reunion—if there’s a reunion, or when there’s a reunion—well you know there’s one in the books. It should be very special.
Do you have a fondest memory from Season 2 that you’re excited for the fans to re-live via the Blu-ray?
Wow. Whoa, that’s tough, I think—Paris was almost like another world and it was great fun—but for us getting back to Scotland, to Lallybroch, and then to having all the MacKenzies turn up, Graham McTavish as Dougal and Stephen Walters as Angus and all the others. It was so rewarding to be in Scotland with the wind and the rain and the cold and everyone was miserable but kind of happy because we were back and it felt like coming home. I think it’s a very sad ending because we all knew that people were going to die— that’s what history tells us—that’s what Jamie and Claire are fighting to stop is the end of these people. So it’s a bittersweet return home to Scotland. In the back of your mind, you’re aware that it’s sort of coming to a close.
Fans of the historical time travel romance show can soon watch Sam Heughan in Outlander season 3, as it is set to air sometime in 2017. Heughan plays Scottish Highland warrior Jamie Fraser, who, for many, is the ultimate romantic hero.
The hunky actor needs to be in exceedingly great shape—warrior-level shape—to meet the demands of his role. How does he do it? With a combination of exercises, including CrossFit workouts.
Getting the actor’s body in the right shape for 1721 (one of the years in which the show is set) was essential for the show’s creative team. They definitely didn’t want him to look like he’d been to the gym. A gym body looks different than a body crafted by the wilds of nature, and that’s partly why Heughan literally runs hills and mountains—it’s the sort of activity a warrior would have had back then. No Lifetime Fitness in Highlander times, though Heughan does do some dead lifts at the gym. They even built him a gym on set that is quite elaborate now.
Heughan says that his character had been living rough for months—living off the land, being chased by the redcoats—so there was a lot of horseback riding and he needed a body that looked like it could do all that. He also does all of his own sword fighting and horseback riding stunts, so he says he needed to protect himself and be in proper shape for those scenes.
The actor works with trainer John Valbonesi from Glasgow. Valbonesi says that getting a body that didn’t look trained actually took a great deal of intense work and involved a lot of functional moves. Sometimes Heughan worked out three times a day to get in this shape for his role as Jamie Fraser. And the muscle gain was incredible—28 pounds of it—and he kept gaining.
His weight and muscle mass has to change to suit the story line. At the end of season 1, Heughan says his character was being tortured and undergoing a lot of stress. So he himself had to get lean fast, and he accomplished that through diet alone.
Heughan is no stranger to working out hard. In fact, he has run competitively in the Paris and London marathons and says he got good time in both. He loves running, but it doesn’t give him the type of body he wants. That’s why he started dabbling in other types of exercise.
While Heughan was in boot camp-mode, he says he was literally eating everything but kept to a clean diet as much as possible. He ate a lot of sweet potatoes, chicken, and peanut butter to help increase his muscle growth. Once he got on set, though, he had to adapt accordingly.
He says it was hard to find good nutrition while shooting on location, so he started taking supplements and eating protein bars because they were easy to carry around. In the last few months of filming season 1, the actor followed a Paleo diet to help achieve the more slimmed down frame need for his character during the prison scenes. He found a Paleo regimen hard to adapt to at first. Who can blame him.