WSJ – “Outlander” star Caitriona Balfe stops by the WSJ Cafe to talk about trading Scotland for France as the setting of the TV series, where she draws the line when it comes to sex and violence on screen, and her new business-themed movie “Money Monster.”
INSTYLE – It’s the Scotland-based, historical romance that has us hooked. For those of you not familiar with it (although, seriously where have you been?) Outlander, is the television adaption (you’ll find it on Amazon Prime) of Diana Gabaldon’s bestselling series of novels that is filmed on location in Scotland and stars Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe. The plot sounds a little ridiculous at first but is well worth sticking with – nurse Claire Randall (played by Balfe) finds herself transported from 1945 to 1743 where she falls in love with highland warrior Jamie Fraser (played by Heughan) while at the same time is being pursued by her present day husband’s ancestor “Black” Jack Randall (played by Tobias Menzie) Think sword fights, horse chases plus plenty of sex and of course, sweeping shots of the gorgeous Scottish highlands.
Naturally, the drama throws up a lot of moral dilemnas and questions. Adding to this in real life is the fact that many fans are convinced that Heughan’s and Balfe’s chemistry isn’t just limited to the screen. Although, both actors have denied any romantic involvement with eachother explaining they are just good friends. So considering, that the duo are so good at helping eachother cope with their on-screen drama we thought it would be fun to see how good they are at dishing out advice on some scenarios that might sound slightly familiar to their characters. From dating someone younger, to being torn between two lovers, watch the video below to see their suggestions on what to do. And as for the chemistry between them IRL, we’ll let you be the judge of that.
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.
TV Guide published a very nice video interview with Sam and Caitriona talking about the season 2 of Outlander:
One of the very favourite parts of the Outlander promotion last season was the Q&A videos the cast did. We have them again (YAY!) and the first one is with Caitriona. Check it:
“Outlander” is five episodes into filming Season 2, and Caitriona Balfe said she’s been enjoying the new material for her character, Claire Fraser, who is pregnant.
“It’s going really good,” Caitriona told Access Hollywood at Comic-Con earlier this month before returning to the show’s set in Scotland. “It’s a very visually – a very different show this year. I mean, obviously Claire and Jamie are sort of center and all that still. But yeah, it’s really beautiful. The sets are fantastic — so rich and so lush and the costumes are incredible, but you know what I’ve been really enjoying is that Claire’s pregnant and playing all of that – what that brings up in her and about impending motherhood and everything. It’s just been a really, really fun, great material to work with.”
Claire thought she couldn’t get pregnant, and now that she is, it affects the character quite deeply. (more)
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