The downside of adapting books for the screen is that some key moments inevitably get left out because of time (rather, the lack of it) or to suit the creative flow. For Caitriona Balfe, who plays time-traveling leading lady Claire in “Outlander,” the omitted moments aren’t any less significant than what we see on the screen in finding her character.
Taking a break from filming the fourth season of the epic drama, Balfe stopped by The Times’ video studio recently to reflect on the course-shifting third season that saw the show’s star-crossed couple coping with a life apart (for 20 years!) before eventually reuniting.
The first five episodes of the third season work to establish how Claire and Jamie (Sam Heughan) settled into a life unhappily ever after. Jamie, back in 18th century Scotland; Claire in 20th century America, raising their daughter with Frank (Tobias Menzies) while taking up medicine. The third novel from the Diana Gabaldon book series, “Voyager,” did a lot to set up the journey Claire experiences in those years. Balfe said she infused the detail from the book that the script left out into her performance.
“There’s some scenes I’m devastated we didn’t get to shoot,” she said. “There’s the scene where she’s working all day and Brianna gets hurt and she has to run home and she has all of that guilt. It’s so interesting to see a working mom in that late ’50s, early ’60s time — I was like, ‘What do you mean we’re not filming that? That’s so important to this character!’ We don’t have time to shoot everything. But I have that [knowledge] and you bring that into your performance throughout the rest of the scenes … having all of that stuff — especially when we got to Episode 3, 4 and 5 — you want to show the characters wearing all those experiences.”
For Claire, a great deal of her experience involved pushing against the gender norms of the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s — an undertaking that prompted reflection about how it compares with today.
“We’re in such a time right now where we’re still battling for equality and we’re still battling for respect as women,” Balfe said. But, looking back at that time, and you see how people would just shut any woman down with an opinion … I look at my mother, my grandmother, you start thinking about all of the things that they’ve gone through in their lives and it makes you understand more how they’ve become the women that they are.”
This evening Caitriona, Sam, and the creators of Outlander have attended an event For Your Consideration for the Emmy awards. They both look so lovely. I’ve added some photos to the gallery. More to come soon. Enjoy!
Caitriona was filming in Glasgow yesterday with Sam. I have added photos to the gallery. I can’t wait for season 4. Enjoy!
Sorry for the lack of updates. I’ve been preoccupied with other things. I have sooooo much I want to add to the site. I have a “to be sorted and added folder” with well over 1,000 photos to add to the site as well as a new design I am working on. I’m getting there! In the meantime, check out some new (old) photo session additions I have added to the gallery. I’ve also added a new set to Sam as well on Sam-Heughan.com if you’re interested in seeing those head on over there.
Caitriona made an appearance today at London Fashion Week (Erdem) and Moda Operandi Celebration. I’ve added photos to the gallery as well as a few additions to BAFTA events. She looks lovely as usual. Enjoy.
I’ve added a bunch of new photos of Caitriona from the last couple of days. She is currently in attendance at BAFTA this afternoon and I will be adding more photos throughout the day so be sure to check back!
Caitriona is in attendance today at the 2018 Irish Film and Television Awards. I’ve begun to add photos to the gallery. She looks lovely. What do you think of her short hair? I will add more as they surface. Enjoy!
— Entertainment on RTÉ (@RTE_Ents) February 15, 2018
Watch highlights of the IFTA Film and Drama Awards 2018 tonight at 10.45pm! pic.twitter.com/T5NyzcSln2
— RTE One (@RTEOne) February 17, 2018
Caitriona was in attendance at the 2018 Golden Globe Awards tonight and this post is a master post of the event’s coverage. Here are links to all the Golden Globe albums I have made in the gallery as well as some videos. Big thanks to my friends for their donations: Sara, Maria, Ashley, and Elle.
"This is a moment of change, it's a moment of looking at our industry and standing up and saying #TimesUp on this, and I'm grateful that I'm here and that I get to be a part of this." – @caitrionambalfe #GoldenGlobes #ETGlobes pic.twitter.com/lDKhVl0Gi1
— EntertainmentTonight (@etnow) January 8, 2018
Caitriona and Sam were in attendance at the W Magazine Golden Globes celebration a couple of days ago in honor of Caitriona’s nomination for best actress in a drama. Check out photos of the pair at the event. Enjoy!
Entertainment Weekly released the photo session for their cover issue and some new Outlander stills! Enjoy.