We have a very special Valentine’s Day surprise for you, Sassenachs…
Everyone knows that Outlander’s Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe have an undeniably electric on-screen connection, and since fans are feeling particularly thirsty during this Droughtlander, ET is gifting you with the exclusive first look at the actors’ original chemistry test!
Before you scream, “Je suis prest!” and press play on the video above, we must warn you that the never-before-seen footage you’re about to watch is mind-blowingly adorable. Side-effects may include excessive giggling, extreme swooning and the firm realization that no on-screen couple will ever compare to this one.
At this point in Outlander’s script-to-screen timeline, Heughan had already been cast to play Jamie Fraser and the production team was looking for the perfect actress to fill Claire Randall’s one-of-a-kind shoes.
“We were looking for chemistry between the two characters,” Outlander executive producer Ronald D. Moore said while prefacing the flashback moment. “We really felt that Cat was probably going to be the one, but this was the final moment. This was literally when she sealed the deal and got the show.”
“And as you see, they’ve already got the shorthand of their characters and there is definitely on-camera chemistry between the two. After the scene was over, we just kind of kept the tape running a little bit.” Moore continued, “We just wanted to see them a little bit more relaxed and sort of interacting. You can see that they’re sort of awkwardly aware that the camera is still running, but nonetheless, there is enough spontaneity and genuine affection and good humor between the two of them that it spoke volumes about their potential relationship.”
For more behind-the-scenes bonus material like this one, pick up your copy of Outlander: Season Threewhich will be available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital as well as on a Limited Collector’s Edition from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment on April 10th.
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Before moving to London at the age of 22, Sam Heughan studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. The Scottish actor has returned to his roots to portray Jamie Fraser on the hit Starz series, “Outlander,” which is filmed in Scotland. Based out of Glasgow, the 37-year-old philanthropist also is the founder of My Peak Challenge (https://www.mpc2017.com), a charitable foundation that advocates for a healthy lifestyle. Fans may follow him on Twitter (https://twitter.com/samheughan) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/SamHeughan).
Q. If you’ve ever gone away for the holidays, which was the best trip?
A. I went to Thailand a couple of years ago, over Christmas and New Year. I trained Muay Thai twice a day for four hours. The rest of the time I relaxed on the beach or island hopped. Their New Year’s fireworks are amazing — and terrifying!
Q. Have you traveled to a place that stood out so much that you felt compelled to incorporate it into your work?
A. I draw on my Scottish roots and the scenery and culture every day on “Outlander.” I hope my next project will use the location and imagination just as much.
Q. Where are your favorite weekend getaways?
A. Isle of Skye in Scotland. (It’s) beautiful and peaceful. I would say take a ferry. See the island from the sea — the wildlife, eagles, dolphins and whales and the jagged peaks of the mountains in the distance.
Q. What’s the best meal you had during your travels?
A. I went to the oldest ramen bar in Kyoto, Japan. (There were) huge bowls of delicious bone broth, noodles, pickles and cold beer. I finished a bowl and ordered another immediately.
Q. What is your favorite vacation destination?
A. Europe — Amsterdam and Paris.
Q. What would you recommend that people do in Amsterdam?
A. Wander the streets of Amsterdam, stay in a canal houseboat, cycle a bicycle, eat great food, tasty beer, excellent clothes shops, museums and enjoy the people. The Dutch are fun and crazy!
Q. What untapped destination should people know about?
A. I once spent a week sleeping outdoors with gauchos — cowboys in the Andes. It was remote and magnificent.
Q. What was the first trip you took as a child?
A. First time abroad was as a teenager to Eastern Europe. (It was) a rather scary train ride to St. Petersburg (Russia). At that time, it felt very different to the United Kingdom — like going back in time. Crossing the border felt like being in a James Bond movie.
Q. What’s the most important thing you’ve learned from your travels?
A. Don’t worry. You’re never alone.
Q. What is your best vacation memory?
A. I climbed the second-highest peak — the Petit Piton — in Saint Lucia. I didn’t stop and went as fast as possible in high humidity. It was an amazing view and remarkable climb. That afternoon on the beach, I celebrated with too many rum cocktails. The dehydration and sun made me never want to drink rum again, or climb a peak — at least for a day or so.
Q. Where is the most romantic destination?
A. If it’s the right company, anywhere.
Q. What are your favorite kinds of hotels?
A. Anywhere homey and low key. I had an amazing hotel in Zermatt (Switzerland) with a wood fire and big blankets looking out at the Matterhorn. Perfect ski location.
Q. What are your five favorite cities?
A. In no order, Cape Town, New York, Santa Monica, Montreal and Amsterdam, (which) is so great!)
Q. Where have you traveled to that most reminded you of home?
A. Canada feels familiar, like Scotland, but much bigger.
Q. Where would you like to go that you have never been to before?
Q. When you go away, what are some of your must-have items?
A. Boringly, I always take my running shoes, a foam roller for muscle release and healthy snacks. And water, because there’s never enough water on planes.
Q. What would be your dream trip?
A. Everest, but I feel it’s become a little touristy and not respectful.
Q. What is your guilty pleasure when you’re on the road?
A. I spend a lot of time on planes. They are where I catch up on sleep and movies I’ve missed.
Q. What kind of research do you do before you go away on a trip?
A. I usually look online or ask friends for recommendations. But the best way to know a city is to strap on your running shoes, go out and get lost. You’ll eventually learn the city, one way or another!
‘My Oxford Year’ Is Being Made Into A Romance With Melissa Benoist & Sam Heughan, And You Can Start Reading It Now
Stock up on school supplies, pack your suitcases, and make sure to bring plenty of tissues with you, because this April, readers are going on a heart-thumping romantic adventure across the pond in Julia Whelan’s debut novel, My Oxford Year. The first book from the Once and Again actress, screenwriter, and award-winning audiobook narrator-turned-author is sure to be on everyone’s summer reading list next year, but luckily you don’t have to wait until then to read it. Bustle is thrilled to not only have details about My Oxford Year, but an exclusive look at the first chapter of this breathtaking book, out April 2018 from William Morrow Paperbacks.
Ella Durran’s life is going exactly according to her perfectly crafted plan: after years of hard work and determination, she has finally made it to Oxford on a Rhodes scholarship at age 24. She has even secured a prestigious job working on a promising politician’s presidential campaign when she returns to America after a year abroad, and her future has never looked brighter. On her first day of classes at her dream school, Ella knows everything in her life is right on track — that is, until she meets Jamie Davenport, a gorgeous local man and her literature professor who just might be the curveball Ella never expected to face. Their awkward first encounter aside, Ella and Jamie are quick to form a strong bond when late-night drinks and an unexpected revelation turn their fling into the start of a serious relationship. As their love deepens and secrets are revealed, Ella must choose between the life and career she’s always dreamed of in America or a future in Oxford with a true love she could have only ever imagined.
Sweet and tender, My Oxford Year is a heartbreaking coming-of-age romance that will move readers to tears. Perfect for fans of JoJo Moyes and Nicholas Sparks, Whelan’s debut is poised to be a hit with fans of women’s fiction, romance, and literary fiction alike. “In fact, the story is so enticing that in 2015 it was announced that the book is in the works to be a movie starring everyone’s favorite Highlander Sam Heughan alongside Melissa Benoist of Glee and Supergirl fame. Fast forward two years to now and with the movie details still in flux (as per the Hollywood norm) the Heughan and Benoist duo is no longer exclusively attached, however I’m keeping *my* fingers crossed that when My Oxford Year hits the big screen, it’ll be with these two stars attached!
Although you will have to wait until April 24 to get your hands on a copy of the book, and even longer until you can see the story come to life on the big screen, Bustle is thrilled to present the first chapter of My Oxford Year just for our readers. Read below and get ready to fall in love.
Fingers crossed he firmly attaches to this project.
I’ve added HD screencaptures of Sam from last night’s episode of Outlander. What a great episode. Enjoy!
Outlander sneak peek: Claire and Jamie discover two unexpected companions
As if Jamie and Claire didn’t have enough to worry about with Ian’s disappearance!
In this exclusive clip from Sunday’s episode of Outlander, the couple discovers they have two unexpected companions aboard the Artemis: Fergus (Cesar Domboy) and his new girlfriend Marsali (Lauren Lyle), who hand-fasted back in Scotland and are now eager to live their lives as, ahem, a married couple!
Outlander airs Sundays at 8 p.m. ET on Starz.
Outlander: Inside Jamie and Claire’s ‘rough’ adventure, plus season 4 intel
Put away those steel drums and forget about the Planter’s Punch: Though Jamie and Claire are about to set sail for Jamaica in Sunday’s episode of Outlander, it will be anything but a Caribbean vacation for the not-so-euphorically happy couple.
“There are no umbrella drinks going on,” teases executive producer Matthew B. Roberts. “It is rough going for both of them.”
In breathless anticipation of the drama’s final five episodes, EW returned to Scotland to chat with Caitriona Balfe (Claire Randall Fraser) and Sam Heughan (Jamie Fraser) about the passionate reunion of their characters in episode 5 and how love doesn’t necessarily conquer all when so much time has passed.
“The hard work in any relationship is getting beyond the fantasy,” Balfe tells EW. “That’s when all the truth comes out and Claire learns everything. You want it all to go smooth sailing. But reality is never like that. It’s not the Disney dream.”
But something magical will happen in the coming episodes. For this week’s cover, EW is offering fans an exclusive first look of the fancy togs Claire and Jamie don to attend a lavish ball in Jamaica. If you think the costumes look familiar, then you would be right; the couple wore them at the Palace of Versailles during season two.
“It’s an Easter egg,” says costume designer Terry Dresbach of Jamie’s smart suit and Claire’s sumptuous saffron gown. It’s also historically accurate to re-purpose the outfits. “In the 18th century, people would have an item of clothing for their entire lifetime,” she adds. “So things got remade, repaired, and reconfigured. We will see that a lot in Outlander coming up.”
For the next issue of Entertainment Weekly, we’ll give some hints about what Claire and Jamie will encounter in the Caribbean while on the hunt for Young Ian (John Bell). We’ll also share some secrets about season 4, like how a green pasture in Scotland will double as a North Carolina plantation owned by Aunt Jocasta, a key character in the new year that will be played by Maria Doyle Kennedy.
And good news, Sassenachs! We’ve created another trio of Outlander covers to go with the last set. The first two below, featuring Heughan and Balfe individually, will be available to subscribers and on newsstands Friday. The third, showing the two actors together, will be available exclusively at Barnes & Noble stores beginning Tuesday, Aug. 29.