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Press/Video/Photos: Outlander is back! TV’s sexiest couple reunites in the new season that’s too Scot to handle

The first thing everyone noticed was the pairs upon pairs of actual Scottish legs.

When the cast and crew of Outlander descended upon Cape Town Studios in South Africa earlier this year, the arid temperatures forced everyone out of their woolen hats and puffy coats and into the least amount of clothing possible. But no one was prepared to see such an overwhelming display of pasty dermis while filming the third season of the Starz drama.

“I was like, oh my God, you have legs,” recalls executive producer Maril Davis. “It was like a mini-vacation in some ways because the weather is so much different than what we’re used to in Scotland. I mean, I’ve never seen most of the Scottish crew’s legs before. I have never seen so much leg skin in my life.”

And yet that was probably the least astonishing thing about filming on the 495-acre studio lot about an hour outside of Cape Town. Previously used for movies including The Dark Tower and Mad Max: Fury Road, producers chose the location because of its impressive collection of two- and three-masted vessels that were used as pirate ships on Black Sails, Starz’ pirate drama that ended its run in April. When Outlander’s third season debuts Sept. 10, two of those ships have been transformed into the Artemis and the HMS Porpoise — a brigantine and a man-of-war that will play a major role in Jamie and Claire’s excellent adventure to the Caribbean. And EW was on set right when the ships were preparing to set sail (so to speak).

For the next issue of Entertainment Weekly, we went behind-the-scenes of the South Africa shoot to find out what the drama has in store for its 5-million plus fans this fall. And since no one image can best capture the unique experience, we’re publishing three covers! The first two below, featuring Caitriona Balfe (Claire Randall Fraser) and Sam Heughan (Jamie Fraser) individually, will be available to subscribers and on newsstands on Friday. The third, showing the happy couple together, will be available exclusively at Barnes & Noble beginning on Tuesday, Aug. 29. Or you can buy the whole set here.

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Press/Video: Outlander Casts Plays “Would You Rather: Feminist Edition”

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Press/Video: Caitriona Shares the Best Advice

Caitriona Balfe, the star of Outlander, shares the best advice she’s ever received.

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Check out Sam and Caitriona play Two Truths and a Lie for Marie Claire.

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Press: 60 Seconds with model-turned-actress Caitriona Balfe

Outlander began on Amazon. Are you excited it’s finally on a terrestrial channel so more people can see it?
It’s fantastic. It’s very much a Scottish show and Scotland is very much a character in it — it’s so integral to our story.

Do you have to apply a sense of humour to get through all the sex scenes?
The first series was my first time doing anything of that kind on TV and I think naivety helped. But it was important for the story and I like that it’s told as much from the female perspective as possible. It’s interesting to have a woman of that time be sexually liberated. But the actual doing is always awkward and there are too many people in the room who you have to try to look in the eye afterwards. But you giggle your way through it.

Have a lot of your friends and family seen it?
I think for some members of my family it’s better they don’t! My mum has seen it. We just don’t talk about those parts [the sex scenes]. There are certain episodes I tell my dad he can watch. I don’t think he wants to see the others — and I definitely don’t want him to.

Were you prepared for how huge it was in the US?
I had no idea. I didn’t know about the book series. I had never done TV so I had zero expectations. I was just so delighted I’d got the job and that it was going to shoot in the UK so I’d be back on this side of the world.

It has a feverish fan base. Do you get chased down the street?
No, luckily Sam [Heughan, her co-star] gets all the chasing!

Sam didn’t have any big acting roles before this either, so you’re doing it together…
So much so. We have each other’s backs and it’s great that you have somebody to confide in and share an experience like this with who knows exactly what you’re going through.

Do you miss Sam when you’re not filming?
A healthy break from each other is sometimes good! We’re great mates and we check in every now and then but he goes off to his life and I go off to mine.

There’s so much speculation you’re a real-life couple. How do you handle that?
There’s nothing to handle. We aren’t and we’ve always said that we’re not together. It’s nice that fans believe in the story but that’s not the reality. If it’s harmless speculation, that’s fine, but sometimes people take it a little further and can get abusive to the people who are in our lives — that’s when it crosses the line. But it’s rare and in this industry you need a thick skin.

You play a World War II nurse in the show. Are you OK with blood in real life?
When I know it’s fake or prosthetics I’m fine. I find all that stuff so interesting. For research we were given the British Army World War II booklets that were given to nurses, and I learnt about the different bandaging and splintering in the field. For series three we did a liver operation and I had an adviser surgeon and surgical nurses telling me how to handle the instruments. It’s fascinating.

Which of your co-stars were you most star-struck by?
So many — Simon Callow, Bill Paterson, Frances de la Tour, Dominique Pinon — we get amazing guest stars. Very quickly you get down to work but there’s always that moment of ‘oh my God!’ Simon is an incredible raconteur.

Is there a natural progression from modelling to acting with Cara Delevingne doing it too?
I suppose all of it is performance in one way or another. A few have done it really successfully, like Charlize Theron and Andie MacDowell. But acting was what I always wanted to do, I just segued into fashion by accident and stayed longer than anticipated. I enjoyed my years as a model — I got to travel the world and made incredible friends. But I feel very fortunate I got to come back to acting.

What now after Outlander?
I hope the show continues for as long as possible. I was fortunate enough to do a great film last year [Money Monster] and I hope I can just have an interesting career. I’m writing a script I’d eventually love to direct and I’d love to do something with Sharon Horgan — she’s a genius.

Outlander season one is on More4, Thursdays at 9pm. Season three begins on Amazon Prime on September 11

Press/Photos: Entertainment Weekly Scans

Thanks to my friend AliKat I have added scans to the gallery from the Entertainment Weekly Comic Con issue. Enjoy.