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ACCESS HOLLYWOOD – As preview photos have revealed, Saturday night’s “Outlander” will feature Claire Fraser in a spectacular red dress.
“It’s a showstopper,” Caitriona Balfe, who plays the character, told Access Hollywood of the gorgeous gown her character wears in the show. “It’s a moment that the fans I think are all really excited to see.”
The width of the dress – 4 feet, 2 inches – meant filming scenes with Sam Heughan, who plays her character’s husband, Jamie Fraser, were technically tricky.
“Trying to get the two of us in the same shot sometimes was a very complicated thing because they’d be like, ‘But stand beside each other,’ and we’re like, ‘But we are,’ and Sam would be at the other side of the room practically,” Caitriona laughed, recalling the memory.
Claire dons the red dress, designed by Costume Designer Terry Dresbach, for a particular outing fans of Diana Gabaldon know well from her book, “Dragonfly In Amber.” It’s one where the Frasers begin to make their way into French society, as they attempt to change history. Continue reading
You can check some excerpts of the interview below, but for the full feature, go to the source at Outlander TV News.
Q: She is going to have an interesting journey in second season. Are you looking forward to taking this path with her? Caitriona: Yes. I think Claire in season one was very reactionary, being thrust into this world and having one event after another just sort of happen to her. It wasn’t so much time for contemplation or really life was just sort of thrust upon her rather than figuring out what she wanted, and I think season two is different. First of all, you have … they make this decision to try and change the course of history and there is a lot of thinking about…I think the pregnancy has a lot to do with that. I think also trying to lift Jamie (Sam Heughan) out of sort of the effects of last season and give him a mission, give him something to sort of strive to do. You see her trying to create a world that she wants to live in. There is some incredible storylines and I am really excited to play them.
Outlander Podcast: Claire had a relatively unstructured upbringing with her uncle and the travel and everything. She had to adapt to eighteenth century Scotland. How does Claire feel about and handle the rules of the French Court and all the etiquette that comes with that? Caitriona: It’s a huge adjustment for her, and in a way she had much more freedom in eighteenth century Scotland than she when she does when she first lands in Paris. I think finding her place in a very patriarchal society where the role of women is very restricted is very tough for her. It is not where she is most comfortable. What I love is that she manages to find an outlet for her independence, for her professionalism in a way. She meets Master Raymond, Mother Hildegard, which are two great characters that are coming in, played by the wonderful Dominique Pinon and Frances de la Tour. It’s tough. It’s really … both her and Jamie struggle in the beginning. They are very much in a place where it’s not their comfort zone, but they have to use their intelligence and their smart to figure out and navigate this new place. It’s interesting to see them inhabit a new world and how it affects them.
Q: Can you talk a little about the evolution of Jamie and Claire’s relationship and how she approaches it now?
Caitriona: When we meet them at the top of the season, he’s still struggling with what happens at the end of last season. We really wanted this to be a continuation. It’s not a reset. You see two people very much still affected by everything that has happened, and I think Claire really has to put aside maybe some of her own issues at the moment to really get past what happened and heal. And part of that is giving him a mission, giving him something to focus on that’s not looking back on what happened. They are going through a very uncertain time. They are struggling with their own issues and maybe sometimes privately which has creating somewhat of a gulf between them, but ultimately they are there for each other and they are working to try and help each other. You see continuously with anything in life, adversity and getting past adversity will make you stronger, and that is a beautiful thing about this couple.
So, fans has voted – a lot! – and Outlander won mostly of the categories from E!’s Best. Ever. TV. Awards. The trophies were delivered during Comic-Con and you can watch Outlander cast receiving it in the video above.
Zap2it spoke with stars Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan about what the baby on the way means for the Frasers, and they promised Claire and Jamie won’t only be feeling happiness and excitement.
“Even though she’s so excited about this pregnancy, it does bring up a lot of her insecurities and a lot of her fears,” Balfe says. “She lost her parents when she was 5. She doesn’t have this kind of role model of a mother to sort of know what’s going to happen or know how she’s going to be. I think there’s a lot of fear for her in that.”
The Starz hit “Outlander,” based on the books by Diana Gabaldon and adapted for television by Ronald D. Moore, has had a bodice-ripping first season. Caitriona Balfe plays Claire Fraser, a bold British World War II nurse who is thrown back in time, in Scotland, from her 1945 existence to a rough land about 200 years earlier. To complicate matters, she has ended up with a husband in both epochs: Jamie (Sam Heughan) in the 18th century, Frank in the 20th (Tobias Menzies). It’s just your typical time-traveling-historical-romance-fantasy-drama-adventure.
Meeting at the London West Hollywood hotel not long before returning to Scotland to shoot Season 2, Balfe (whose first name is pronounced Katrina and last name rhymes with Ralph) chats easily about her character’s trials, triumphs and corsetry.
Even in the 20th century, Claire seems ahead of her time.
She doesn’t feel like she really belongs in the 1940s or the 1700s, and that’s due to Diana, who’s an incredible force of nature. Claire was raised by an uncle who was an atheist and an anthropologist, and she traveled the world, and she’s always been a timeless or placeless character.
Caitriona sat down with Elle to talk about Outlander and her character, Claire Fraser.
Caitriona Balfe Knows Why That ‘Outlander’ Sex Scene Slayed You It’s no secret that Starz’ breakout hit about a time-traveling nurse has a secret ingredient: Her name is Caitriona Balfe. And she’s here to get dirty and have a drink (and maybe some sex).
In Outlander, Starz’s breakout period drama about a time-traveling nurse caught in a centuries-spanning, life-threatening love triangle (returning for the second half of season one on April 4), Caitriona Balfe, who plays lead Claire Randall, finds herself at the center of an on-screen sexual revolution. The game changer: After six episodes of sexual tension, forced-together newlyweds Claire and virginal Jamie (Sam Heughan) finally disrobe, but instead of porny showmanship we’re presented with egalitarian nudity and vulnerability. Here, as promised in the April issue of ELLE, an extended Q&A with Balfe plus an exclusive sneak peek at the hotly-anticipated new episodes:
What initially drew you to the role of Claire?
She felt like a very modern woman. She’s very intelligent, very strong, and has found herself in a place where she constantly has to fight to be who she is. It’s such a crazy concept for her not to stand up and fight for what she believes is right and just. She never sees herself as a victim and uses whatever she has at her disposal to get through adverse times.
Genre: Television | Drama | Historical Character: Clare Fraser Returns: 2017 Summary: After serving as a British Army nurse in World War II, Claire Randall is enjoying a second honeymoon in Scotland with husband Frank, an MI6 officer looking forward to a new career as an Oxford historian. Suddenly, Claire is transported to 1743 and into a mysterious world where her freedom and life are threatened. To survive, she marries Jamie Fraser, a strapping Scots warrior with a complicated past and a disarming sense of humor. A passionate relationship ensues, and Claire is caught between two vastly different men in two inharmonious lives. "Outlander" is adapted from the best-selling books by Diana Gabaldon.
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