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Charity Auction of VIP Access to Outlander Panel at the 2017 Comic-Con

You and a guest could enjoy two passes to 2017 San Diego Comic-Con if you have the winning bid in this charity auction donated by Starz.

Here is what you’ll receive:

  • This experience will take place July 21 – 22, 2017 at San Diego Comic-Con.
  • Valid for 2 people.
  • Those attending must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Meet and greet will be in a group setting.
  • Cannot guarantee meet and greet with specific panel members, subject to availability.
  • The winner may take a photo.
  • The winner can take something small to be signed.

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‘Outlander’ Season 3 Will Have ‘More Bedroom Scenes and Nudity’

While the Outlander Season 3 premiere is just three months away, onscreen couple Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe shared three things to look forward to in the upcoming installment. Reports also claimed that it would have more bedroom scenes and nudity, leaving fans thrilled with the thought of peeking at Jamie’s ripped torso again.

Everyone should not despair because the third season of the popular time-travel drama is set to be packed with action and drama. Author Diana Gabaldon previously assured that the new outing closely followed the book. She also revealed that it would be solving a major mystery in the novel that left readers baffled.

Three Things to Expect in Outlander Season 3

For those who have not seen the latest clip of Heughan and Balfe, the onscreen lovers are dressed in their 18th century attire as they dropped some scoops about Outlander Season 3. The two said, “We’re very excited to let you know we only have three weeks left of filming, it’s three months until the premiere and because of that, we’re going to give you three things to look forward to.” You can check the video below.

Balfe divulged the first hint, stating, “Well, I’m going to say you can look forward to some soup.” The turtle soup scene from Voyager novel happened when Jamie took care of Claire, who suffered from a fever caused by an infection. The Scotsman fed her alcohol-laced soup, which eventually made her drunk. Claire then enforced her husband to have sex with her, but Jamie was reluctant because of her situation.

Sam Heughan revealed the second thing that everyone should look forward. He yelled after Balfe said the first hint, saying, “Print Shop!” The particular scene refers to the location where Jamie and Claire finally reunited after 20 years of separation. Balfe promised in an interview that sex would still be steamy and hot even though the time-crossed lovers have aged. She admitted, “In terms of the sex, I think old people have good sex too, last I heard!”

The third thing fans can expect from Season 3 is the “lovely bunches of coconuts.” Balfe might be referring to Jamaica, where Jamie and Claire headed in the latter part of the novel. In the new place, the couple started a new action-packed adventure. Outlander returns to the television screens this September.

Speculations and Questions about the Third Season of Outlander

In a bid to help fans deal with the long droughtlander, there are speculations on what will be coming next in the TV series. Based on the books, Jamie and Claire’s marital relationship is going to get even more complicated. It can be recalled that the couple separated ways in Season 2. It was a heartbreaking moment as the Scottish warrior forced his wife back through the Standing Stones in a bid to protect her from the battle.

After falling back through time, the nurse will return to her husband Frank – who is left doubtful over her absence. While Claire tries to fix her marriage with her first husband, Jamie is set to marry Laoghaire MacKenzie. No doubt, things will get more complicated between the time-crossed lovers when she does finally show up after 20 years.

Another question among the readers is whether the TV series will spare Black Jack Randall on screen. It is known that in the opening pages of the Voyager book, the Outlander villain is very much dead. The third season will also display the bloody fight between Jamie and Captain Jack, as revealed in the photos from the upcoming run released last year.

Lastly, fans should be ready for more bedroom scenes and nudity in Outlander Season 3. Balfe previously revealed that the highly anticipated print shop scene would be worth the wait as it would feature more sexual intimacy between Jamie and Claire. She said, “I think it’s really special. Maybe they’ll have to wait a little bit, but I don’t think it’s going to be as scarce as last season, shall we say?”

Source: ‘Outlander’ Season 3 Will Have ‘More Bedroom Scenes and Nudity’

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Outlander Takes Over the Big Apple

The NYC Outlander in the City event just ended and social media was once again overtaken with pics, vids & comments.

I swear I’m gonna get up the nerve to go to one of these events someday.  I must confess that I’m a bit intimidated by the stars not sure why I mean they put their pants on one leg at a time just like I do. I suppose this can be my next “My Peak Challenge”.

Any who…here are a few pics & videos from the Outlander in the City event. Just hope the fans don’t mind me borrowing their pics 😉

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Outlander star Richard Rankin joins bikers in pink bras for charity ride

OUTLANDER star Richard Rankin joined more than 60 bikers in pink bras and feather boas to raise cash for breast cancer.

The Scots actor was part of a troupe of bikers who began a four day journey around the west coast for MacMillan Cancer Support.

Outlander star Richard Rankin gets ready to set off along with 60 bikers

Outlander star Richard Rankin gets ready to set off along with 60 bikers

Breast Way Round, which is celebrating its tenth year of riding,was set up in 2008 in memory of a female biker who sadly lost her life to cancer.

The group set off from Rugby Park football stadium in Kilmarnock earlier today with Oban, Aviemore, Glencoe and Loch Lomond in their sights.

Actor Richard Rankin, said: “It’s great to see people combining what they are passionate about with raising money for such an important cause.

“I hope more people take inspiration from this and join them to raise awareness of the support provided by Macmillan to those affected by cancer.”

Source: Outlander star Richard Rankin joins bikers in pink bras for charity ride

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Here’s what we’re desperate to know about ‘Outlander’ Season 3

Because we’re not half as good at time travel as Claire Fraser, we won’t get to see any new episodes of Outlander until September, which means we have a few empty months in which to occupy ourselves with wild speculation until the droughtlander is officially over.

We’ve already discussed what we know about Season 3 of Outlander so far, so let’s talk about what we don’t know, and what we hope to find out when Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie (Sam Heughan) finally return to our screens.

Of course, if you’ve read the third novel in Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series, Voyager, you know a lot about what the new season has in store (I’m right there with you) — although that doesn’t mean showrunner Ron Moore and his cohorts won’t throw in some deviations from the source material, just to keep us on our toes. In the interests of letting non-book fans play along, we’re going to pretend that Voyager is not readily available to sate our curiosity, and just go with what we’ve seen on the show so far.

1. How long will we have to wait for Claire and Jamie’s reunion?

Season 2 ended with Claire, now around 50 years old, deciding to go back through the Standing Stones to try and reunite with Jamie after 20 years apart — but we know that Season 3 will feature flashbacks to catch us up with what the duo got up to during those two decades without each other.

Does that mean we might have to wait several episodes before we see Claire travel back in time to seek out Jamie, or will the Season 3 premiere send her back pretty quickly, and fill in the blanks by jumping between time periods, as the Season 2 premiere and finale did? We know it’ll be worth the wait whenever it happens, but here’s hoping the writers aren’t too cruel when it comes to delaying our gratification.

What a nightmare.

What a nightmare.


2. What (or who) does Jamie do in their years apart?

The Season 2 finale revealed that Claire became a surgeon when she returned back to her time, and she obviously had her hands full with Bree (Sophie Skelton) and Frank (Tobias Menzies), but we don’t have much intel on what Jamie was doing in the years after Claire left him. Season 3 will undoubtedly fill us in on his sure-to-be thrilling adventures, but what we really want to know is whether Jamie had a relationship with another woman after he said goodbye to Claire. (The thought is so upsetting, I can barely type it.)

Despite being a dashing ginger dreamboat who certainly never lacked attention from the ladies, Jamie was a virgin when he and Claire met, so it would be sweet to think that he swore off other partners after Claire went back to the future. Then again, TV shows thrive on conflict, and there’s not much drama to be had if Claire comes back after 20 years to find out that her husband has been a perfect, celibate saint while she’s been gone.

Did Jamie fall in love again? (I refuse to even acknowledge the possibility.) Did he have a few casual flings just to take the edge off, believing with absolute certainty that he’d never see his time-traveling wife again? Time will tell, but I’m definitely rooting for the perfect, celibate saint route.

3. How steamy will Season 3 be?

Season 2 featured plenty of political scheming, palace intrigue and bloody battles, but some fans noted that there were far fewer sex scenes than there were in Season 1 — which makes sense, considering that Jamie was dealing with the trauma of being raped and tortured, while Claire was struggling with her growing sense of isolation from her husband as he tried to recover. (Not to mention the devastating loss of their baby.)

But after 20 years separated from their true love, we’ve got to believe that Claire and Jamie have a lot of lost time to make up for in Season 3. They might have to get to know each other all over again, but all those years of longing will probably add up to some spectacular reunion sex, right?

4. What happened to Black Jack Randall?

When last we saw the sadistic Black Jack (Tobias Menzies), he was reluctantly marrying his brother’s lover, Mary Hawkins, in order to secure a future for her and her unborn child (and, handily, for their descendant, Frank Randall). But the history books don’t lie: Claire told Jack that he would die at the Battle of Culloden, so Mary hopefully didn’t have to put up with him for long.

We didn’t see the outcome of that infamous clash in Season 2, but given how much the show has focused on Black Jack’s twisted relationship with Jamie, we’ve got to imagine that there’ll be some closure for the two on Culloden moor. (In fact, this preview photo from Season 3 guarantees it.)

We meet again, Mr. Fraser.

We meet again, Mr. Fraser.


5. Will we see Murtagh again?

Jamie’s loyal godfather (and all-around scene-stealer) Murtagh vowed to follow him into battle, come hell or high water — which, given what we know of the Scottish casualties at Culloden, probably didn’t end well for our favorite sidekick. Still, if Jamie survived, maybe there’s a chance his right-hand man did too? Let me have my delusion for a few more months, okay?

6. What’s Claire’s relationship with Frank like when she comes back from the past?

The Season 2 premiere showed us the immediate aftermath of Claire’s return, and Frank was admittedly pretty glad to see her — at least until he discovered that she was pregnant with another man’s child. Then he had to go and smash up a potting shed and get a lecture from Reverend Wakefield to get himself back under control — but we don’t know much about how he and Claire got along after that.

Happy family?

Happy family?


Bree made a few vague references to her parents’ strained relationship in the Season 2 finale, so it probably wasn’t all sunshine and roses before Frank died, but did they manage some semblance of being a normal family, at least for Bree’s sake, or were things broken beyond repair after Frank learned that his wife fell in love with another man in the past?

7. How much of Claire’s time as a doctor will we see?

Claire was born to be a surgeon — between her many wartime experiences in WWII and the 18th century, there’s arguably no one better equipped to handle life or death stakes — but will we get to explore her new career path much in Season 3? We’re not expecting the show to turn into The Knick, or anything, but it would be nice to see her rocking her new job — especially since she’s also going to make a new friend, Joe Abernathy, in medical school.

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Take a Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the ‘Outlander’ Armoury to Discover Season 3 Secrets!

It’s time to battle the Droughtlander!

We know that many fans are particularly parched during this extended Outlander hiatus, but we want to offer you a small sip of season three secrets.

Last December, we at ET traveled all the way over to Outlander‘s Scotland-based sets and were treated to a special behind-the-scenes tour of the series awesomely intimidating armoury — and now we’re sharing that experience with you, plus an exclusive first-look at season three footage!

EXCLUSIVE: ‘Outlander’ Star Caitriona Balfe Adorably Apologizes for ‘Longer’ Season 3 Hiatus

Outlander‘s official armourer, Jim Elliot, has been the weapons props master since 2014 and has been a key factor in bringing those action-packed battle scenes to life.

Elliot admitted that it was a bit of a “daunting” task to prepare for season three’s Battle of Culloden because it’s one of the biggest (and most highly anticipated!) moments the series has had.

Photo: ET

“We had four trucks of weapons [for the Battle of Culloden,]” Elliot explained. “Seven hundred weapons on a daily basis for two weeks [shooting on the field] and then picks-ups and green screens. It was long days, but enjoyable and I hope it looks great on screen.”

Outlander‘s armoury walls are covered with a massive collection of every weapon imaginable including broadswords, axes, spears and targes, the distinctive circular shields used by Jacobites. The guns are safely under lock and key in nearby containers.

Photo: ET

The massive room is located within the Outlander soundstage in Glasgow, Scotland just outside the doors that lead to the lavish set of the Fraser’s Lallybroch home. (Pssst! The armoury is also close to another set that was created just for season three, but we’re going to stay tight-lipped on that one for now…)

Press play on our exclusive tour above to get a glimpse at the Scottish broadsword they had custom-made for Sam Heughan, plus some special season three sneak peeks of Rupert’s ax from the Battle of Culloden and cave-dwelling Jamie’s bow and arrow!

Season three of Outlander will premiere in September 2017 on Starz.

Thirsty for more Outlander goodies? Watch our exclusive interview with Caitriona Balfe below to get the inside scoop on the “great reunion” between Jamie and Claire in season three!

Source: EXCLUSIVE: Take a Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the ‘Outlander’ Armoury to Discover Season 3 Secrets!

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Who is Richard Rankin? Actor who plays Ian Rooney in The Replacement and star of Silent Witness and Outlander

Who is Richard Rankin? Actor who plays Ian Rooney in The Replacement and star of Silent Witness and The Syndicate

The Scottish actor will be a familiar face to BBC viewers after starring in The Crimson Field and The Syndicate

Richard’s next role will be on The Replacement

HUNKY Scot Richard Rankin is about to set hearts’ racing as he stars in new TV series The Replacement.

He’s switching his World War One military uniform – from a recent role in The Crimson Field – for a more contemporary suited and booted style for the BBC’s latest psychological thriller.

Richard Rankin proudly displays his Scottish roots wearing a patterned kilt Richard Rankin proudly displays his Scottish roots wearing a patterned kilt

But just what part will he play in the broadcaster’s new drama, which focuses on a paranoid woman who believes her identity is being dismantled?

Who is Richard Rankin and where is he from?

Richard Rankin is a star of the stage and screen, having appeared in both TV series’ and films.

He was born in Glasgow in 1983, which makes him 34.

He has an actor sibling Colin Harris, who has appeared in BBC3 drama lip service.

He will be a familiar face to BBC viewers

He will be a familiar face to BBC viewers

What TV series has Richard starred in?

Eagle-eyed BBC viewers may recognise Richard from World War One series The Crimson Field, broadcast in 2014, in which he played Captain Thomas Gillan.

Fans in his home country will know him from Scottish sketch show Burnistoun while more recently he has starred in Silent Witness.

Richard ended 2015 on a career high when he was cast as Roger Wakefield in the Starz series Outlander.

What role is Richard Rankin playing in BBC One’s The Replacement?

He plays Ian Rooney in the gripping three-part show, the show is set in Glasgow and is about a woman named Ellen (played by Morven Christie) who goes on maternity leave from her job at an architecture firm and a woman named Paula (played by Vicky McClure) is hired to cover Ellen in her absence.

Ian meets Ellen as a patient and struggles to keep the boundaries between them.

Yet she becomes paranoid when she sees her identity being dismantled and can’t work out whether the cause is another woman or her own baby.

He will play Ian Rooney in The Replacement He will play Ian Rooney in The Replacement

Who else is in the cast of The Replacement?

Vicky McClure and Morven Christie are the lead actors in the gripping upcoming drama.

Morven is best known for her role as heiress Amanda Kendall in Grantchester, but has also starred in The A Word, Doctor Who, Hunted and The Young Victoria.

The BBC One drama will be told in three parts and was written by Joe Ahearne, who previously wrote James McAvoy thriller Trance in 2013.

Richard has previously starred with Hollywood funnyman Bradley CooperRichard has previously starred with Hollywood funnyman Bradley Cooper

Has he starred with any Hollywood heroes?

Certainly – funnyman Bradley Cooper is on the list.

He teamed up with the US star in John Wells’ adaptation of Burnt before confirming for The Replacement.

He has also been in a quirky horror movieHe has also been in a quirky horror movie

And what about any left-field career choices?

Richard starred in nail-biting Horror The House of Him after giving the nod to his pal and former Burnistoun director Robert Florence.

Talking of the scare fest he told the Daily Record:  “I’d come back from months on this huge production where every cast member has their own runner assigned to them to start filming in Robert’s maw’s house in Balornock, where the three actors were also the crew and we all, more or less, did it for nothing. “But that’s what we’re in this industry for, really. Different experiences.”


Source: Who is Richard Rankin? Actor who plays Ian Rooney in The Replacement and star of Silent Witness and Outlander

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Outlander’s Rik Rankin aka RogerMac Answers Your Burning ????

Today Outlander’s Richard “Rik” Rankin took time out of his Saturday to do a Q&A for the fans.  Rankin play Roger Wakefield MacKenzie  who is adopt son Reverend Reginald Wakefield. The Reverend is also Roger’s great-granduncle.

Rik’s character is also the youngest professor at Oxford University and eventually becomes the love interest of Brianna Randall, who is the daughter of Claire & Jamie Fraser.

Now onto the Q&A 😋



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Everything You Need to Know About Outlander Season 3 – Today’s News: Our Take | TVGuide.com

Outlander Season 3 is still a while away, but that doesn’t stop die-hard fans from needing to know all the developments about what is in store for Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire Fraser (Caitriona Balfe).

First, the season will be based on Voyager, the third book in Diana Gabaldon‘s Outlander novel series. It will see Claire return to 18th Century Scotland with her daughter Brianna (Sophie Skelton) and historian Roger Wakefield (Richard Rankin) in tow. The good news is that production has already started on the third season, and Starz has already picked Outlander up for a fourth season as well.

Check out all the other major Season 3 announcements below:

Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan, <em>Outlander</em>Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan, Outlander

We will see the Battle of Culloden: The first photo of Sam Heughan on set for Season 3 arrived in September, showing our favorite ginger in bloody clothing after the big battle. Executive producers have already revealed that the season premiere will show what happened on the field before Jamie escaped with his life, and fans will absolutely get to see the final duel between Jamie and Black Jack Randall (Tobias Menzies).

Fergus is all grown up: Some time will have definitely passed by the time Claire, Brianna and Roger make their way back through the stones. We know because Cesar Domboy has been cast as a grown-up version of the Frasers’ adopted son. We will also meet Lauren Lyle as Marsali, Laoghaire’s (Nell Hudson) grown-up daughter. She and Fergus are a romantic item in Gabaldon’s novel.

Outlander: 10 burning questions we have for Season 3

There are more new faces: Starz has also announced the casting of John Bell as Jamie’s nephew, Ian. He’s described as a tall, gangly Scottish lad with a heart of gold, a stubborn streak and a penchant for getting into trouble. Wil Johnson also joins the cast as Joe Abernathy, a medical colleague of Claire’s when she gets her surgical license in Boston during the 20th Century.

We’ll also see Frank and Claire’s marriage: What was Claire’s life like during the 20 years she lived with Frank (also Menzies) and thought that Jamie was dead? Gabaldon told TVGuide.com that she’s seen early cuts of the first four episodes of the season already and that Frank is a lot more present than he was in her books in order to show what Claire went through during their years married to each other.

Source: Everything You Need to Know About Outlander Season 3 – Today’s News: Our Take | TVGuide.com

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Caitriona Balfe on Claire’s Journey and What’s Next for ‘Outlander’

Few women on television have been through more than Claire Beauchamp Randall Fraser. A nurse who was in the thick of it during World War 2, Claire was re-connecting with her husband, Frank, in post-war Scotland when she was transported back to the 18th century via a circle of mystical stones.

The ever-practical Claire made herself useful among the clans of Scotland and connected deeply with Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan), whom she eventually married. The war between Scotland and England drove the couple to France, and in the second season of the Starz drama, Claire and Jamie mixed with the high society of Paris while enduring a bruising series of personal and political setbacks. The end of the second season saw them back in Scotland as a defining battle loomed, and then separated when Claire returned to her own time — without her beloved Jamie.

Caitriona Balfe’s unerring ability to communicate Claire’s complex inner life while the character went through all those changes is one reason the lush drama has been such a hit. Balfe talked to Varietyabout what it was like to take on such a complicated and challenging role as a newcomer to television, what stuck with her most about Season Two, and what’s to come for Claire and the people she loves.

With this role, at times it almost seems like you’re not really just playing one part or appearing in one show — it’s almost like you’re doing multiple shows, because there are so many timelines and the settings can be so different. Does it ever feel that way for you?

I mean, definitely, some days it can be a little confusing. I think when we came back to Season Two and we were in Paris, and we had all of the Parisian sets and it was a whole new set of characters, it was quite jarring in the beginning. Essentially your character remains the same, even though they go through such different situations, and you have Claire with Frank in the ’40s and then she’s with Jamie and then she goes back, so it can be quite confusing in some ways. But I’ve always thought that Claire retains her center, no matter where she is, and that’s one of the things I love about the character.

How would you describe that center?

For me, Claire is such a survivor. It doesn’t matter where she ends up or what has happened to her, she finds a way to get on with her life and make it something great. That’s what I love about her. In Season One, where she first goes through the stones and arrives in this dangerous and dirty place, she doesn’t just cower and fall down and get destroyed. She finds her place and she finds a way to make herself useful, and she finds a way to enjoy herself and then to create a life.

And again, when she comes back into the 20th century, even though she’s lost the love of her life (as far as she knows), she doesn’t just disintegrate. She gets herself together, and she becomes a surgeon in a time when there were very few female doctors. So it’s just that strength that she has inside — that no matter what befalls her, she will find a way to [draw on] the best of herself.

As you play her, have you learned from her? Have you taken any of that from the character as you go through this experience with her?

I think you can’t help doing that, in some ways. This whole experience and this whole journey — I mean, it was something that was incredibly new for me. I’d never done any TV before, and any job I’d had before, they were small parts. I think the longest I’ve ever been on anything was five weeks on an indie film. So you don’t go through an experience like this without growing personally in an enormous capacity. But I do think playing someone who is so resilient and who has such a reserve of strength — it makes you examine yourself and it makes you, I think, aware of strengths that you weren’t necessarily sure that you had before.

When you first took on the role, how far had you read? I think my question really is, how much did you have a sense of what you were taking on?

I had no idea. Before I tested, I’d read the first book and when you’re reading it and it’s just this idea that maybe you might do well in the audition — you’re not really thinking in terms of the reality of filming what you’re reading. What I was struck by was how exciting it was, and all of these different experiences this woman goes through. “Imagine, you’d be riding horses and running and there’s action and there’s heartbreak and there’s love!” It just seemed like an amazing role.

But in terms of what that entails to film and what that was going to mean — I had no idea, and I think ignorance is definitely bliss when it comes to that. Because for the first five or six months, I was running on sheer adrenaline. We were shooting 11-day fortnights, which is something that they sometimes do over here. So you’re shooting five days on, two days off, six days on, then one day off, and then back into it. And we were outside for most of it. It was cold. It was wet. I was wearing barely anything. But because you don’t know what the next week is going to be looking like, you just keep going, and it was fun and it was exciting, so that definitely carried me through those times.

Scotland is amazing, but there’s a particular kind of cold, wet damp there that just gets into your soul.

It just gets into your soul and it doesn’t leave.

I have memories of being cold in Scotland where I just thought, “I love this place and these people, but I will never be warm again.”

A long hot bath is the only thing that will cure that. Believe me.

So much happened to Claire in Season Two — what were some of the scenes that for you, had the most resonance, or the ones that really stood out for you?

In the first half of the season, definitely losing her child was probably the huge defining moment in Claire’s life. It’s such a catastrophic event for her personally, but for her and Jamie, there is also so much unease between the two of them. The first half of that season, they’re so apart and they’re so distant, and they’re struggling to try and find that bond and that connection that they had. The one thing that did sort of bring them together was that pregnancy and this potential life that they were bringing into the world.

And then for them to have lost that — it was one of those moments where, this couple may not survive that. And for Claire personally, as a woman who lost her child, especially in such a late-term miscarriage, it was catastrophic. [“Outlander” writer] Toni Graphia wrote one of the most beautiful scripts. When I first got that script, I was sobbing reading it, and I emailed her straightaway, and I was like, “What have you done to me?” There were such powerful themes to read and then to film.

And then to have a lot of women who had seen the show reach out afterwards and say how it had spoken to their own experience or it had touched them in a way, because they’d gone through something similar — that was an incredible thing to be a part of and it was very humbling. And also in Season Two, we also had the wonderful scenes with the PTSD, where the writing again was incredible. Matt [Roberts] wrote that.

For me as an actor, one of the more interesting and great challenges was then jumping forward 20 years and playing 1960s Claire. We were filming that alongside a lot of the lead-up to the Battle of Culloden and the goodbye to Jamie. That was a fantastic script too, and it was pretty challenging as an actor to go through that. But it’s the kind of material you just hope to get, and I felt very lucky.

I wanted to talk a little bit about the 1968 version Claire in the Season Two finale. How did you approach taking that on? She’s had more experience, she’s basically had the love of her life taken away from her. She’s built this new life and as you said, she’s been very successful. But I think you did a great job of conveying that underneath, there was still a lot of unprocessed emotion and heartbreak.

Thank you. With Claire, I feel part of her ability to forge ahead and be strong and make the best of any situation is an ability to compartmentalize. For her to be able to put her love for Jamie and that experience in a box — she didn’t have the ability to talk about it, to share it with anybody. It was a side of her that, in many ways, she shelved, and then threw herself full force into her career and raising her daughter. And that comes with a price.

I was interested in finding how that affects her, and what is it to have been such a passionate woman in terms of romance and sexuality, and to have shelve that side of yourself for 20 years. The looseness that I feel that she has when she’s back with Jamie, and that that kind of elemental side of her, when you see her out in the wild and she just fits in that countryside, and you can feel that she’s part of the earth in that way, I wanted to sort of [tamp down] that side of her. There’s a stillness, and she’s much more closed off than we’ve maybe seen her before.

But the research that I was doing for her was fun. I watched some of my favorite actresses. I watch films that they’ve done early on in their careers, and then later on, and it’s interesting to see – we change, but we don’t. We think we change so much, but it’s about noticing those little things about how people carry themselves, or what edges get smoothed out or what remains. It was also trying to cram that in a very short space of time, but that’s what I was interested in finding for her.

Are you in production for Season Three, and if so, what has that been like so far?

We’re almost halfway through [Season Three]. It’s been great. Obviously Sam [Heughan] and I — our storylines are quite separate for the first few episodes, so I’ve been filming a lot with Tobias [Menzies] and Sophie [Skelton]. And it’s been quite interesting. We’re trying to tell sort of vignettes of a person’s life over the space of 20 years, and it’s been really fun. But I think we’re all ready to get back to the Scottish Claire of it all.

And at some point, you get to trade the damp but beautiful Highlands for some adventure in Jamaica, is that right?

Yes, South Africa, which will be standing in for Jamaica. We go there next year, so that will be interesting. I don’t know what all of us are going to do when we have sunshine on tap.

Source: Caitriona Balfe on Claire’s Journey and What’s Next for ‘Outlander’ | Variety

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