Sam Heughan talks about what makes Claire and Jamie so compelling, and the future after their Season 3 and 4 renewal.
Here’s a new interview of Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe for The Los Angeles Times.
[…] Heughan and Balfe said they were thrilled when they heard Diana Gabaldon would be writing a script for Season 2.
“When we all did the read-through, we were delighted,” said Heughan during his visit with Balfe to The Envelope’s video studio. “It read really well, there’s a great pace to it. It’s coming up soon.”
Gabaldon was simultaneously writing a new installment to the book series while writing the episode. A process that the actors found fascinating.
“To be playing Jamie while she’s writing Jamie is kind of a weird thing,” Heughan said.
“It was funny,” Balfe interjected. “You could see her. It’s almost like she goes off into this imaginary world where she’s sort of talking to herself and seeing it play out .. then you see her go back to the writing. It’s amazing to watch somebody go through that process.”
Heughan also noted that he recently heard from Gabaldon.
“She’s just read the first episode of next season,” Heughan said. “And she’s really happy and excited.”
Way to tease, Sam!
But for more on our conversation with the “Outlander” stars, check out the full video below.
New photos and article of Sam Heughan on Interview Magazine (issue of May)
The Hollywood Reporter spoke with Heughan, Balfe and Menzies about Jamie’s shocking reaction to Black Jack’s fate, the brutal attack on Mary and Claire, how Black Jack becomes married to Mary instead of his brother Alex and more.
To Claire’s (and frankly, everyone’s) shock, Jamie was actually ecstatically happy to learn that Black Jack was still alive. Why did he react that way?
Sam Heughan: I wanted to play Jamie as sort of a shadow of himself for the first few episodes. He’s not himself. He’s being someone else. He hasn’t dealt with this trauma and his post-traumatic stress. He’s not quite himself and the thing that cures him or releases him is the knowledge that Randall is alive and there, we see Jamie again. It’s like finally he’s been released from Randall’s nightmare. His cure comes from a very strange place, from Randall himself. But I guess it’s like that with any sort of trauma or accident you have or any fears you have — you have to face that to get over it and move forward. The only way he’s cured is with Black Jack himself. The fact that Black Jack is still alive gives Jamie hope again. That gives him the power to once again take control of his destiny and of his life. That finally rids him of the nightmare that is Black Jack Randall. It’s strange that the salvation of Jamie comes in the form of the very thing that injured him. It leads to some really dramatic stuff later on this season.
Was that a relief to finally play that old Jamie again?
Heughan: Yeah, absolutely. I was worried that it might not come across or that he just wouldn’t be as interesting or captivating, but it’s great. It allowed him to find himself again but in a way, by doing that, he makes a big mistake. I can’t say anything more about that because it’s a spoiler.