Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan and other celebrities give MTV News their best Han Solo impression, attempt the Mockingjay whistle and more!
Caitriona is featured on W Magazine in its August issue.
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As a model, Caitriona Balfe was well accustomed to disrobing in front of a crowd. Now that she’s an actress, playing the unabashed Claire in the wildly popular Starz show Outlander, the 35-year-old has discovered she isn’t quite as adept at being naked as she would have liked to think. “It’s a very different beast,” the Dublin native says. “As an actress, you want to be brave and go as far as you can. But sometimes, afterward, you wish you hadn’t been as brave, like when you’re watching and thinking, Oh, God.”
Based on the best-selling novels by Diana Gabaldon, the series, currently shooting its second season, follows Claire, a former World War II nurse who time-travels from 1945 to 1743 in Scotland. In the midst of political unrest, she becomes entangled with a Highlander, all while trying to return to the 20th century. Balfe was doing Margaret Thatcher impressions by the age of 4 and went on to study theater. But when she was scouted by a modeling agent at 18, the promise of international travel proved hard topass up. She doesn’t regret the detour. “I didn’t have the life experience or maturity in my 20s to bring what I can now to acting,” she says. Her next role, opposite George Clooney in Money Monster, is a PR exec for a financial company. “That was almost more alien to me than the time-traveling nurse,” she says with a laugh. “I was like, What do people do in offices all day?”
The Wrap asked to 33 Emmy contenders who (on their co-stars) deservers an Emmy and why. Sam Heughan is one of the contenders, and here’s his answer.
Sam Heughan (“Outlander”)
“I think everybody does. Caitriona [Balfe] is terrific. She has so much stamina and she carries the show. She has to show up everyday and just give her best. Tobias, equally, he’s an amazing actor. Those last couple of episodes where I really sort of got to go to some interesting places, he was there and we really supported each other and trusted each other. I think trust is the most important thing. If the actors and the director and the crew trust each other and you set up perimeters and boundaries, you give everyone space to do great work. I think we’ve got an amazing costume department, amazing writers, directors — just give us an Emmy for everything.”
Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe talks with MTV while at Comic-Con explaining how they stay faithful to writer Diana Gabaldon’s ‘Outlander’ books without going crazy.
Zap2it spoke with Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan about Tobias Menzies and his coming back as Frank again for Season2.
“I mean, he’s such a nicer man as Frank, isn’t he? It was great to play some of that Frank and Claire stuff again,” Balfe says. “I always enjoy it. It’s just very different. It’s a very different relationship than Claire and Jamie have, and it was great scenes. It’s nice not to be around the perilous Black Jack Randall, for sure.”
Heughan adds, “He’s a lot more chatty over a cup of coffee, isn’t he?”