Interview of Sam Heughan & Caitriona Balfe with The Hollywood Reporter

Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe talked Season 2 of Outlander with The Hollywood Reporter.


***Warning: Spoilers from Outlander Episode 2×03***

Jamie now knows that Bonnie Prince Charles (Andrew Gower) has more funds than he originally thought, thanks to the Duke of Sandringham funding both sides of the rebellion, and that’s the first lead he’s gotten since he arrived in France. How will that change his mission to sabotage the rebellion going forward?

Sam Heughan: He does have a sizable amount of money, but it’s not enough to fund a whole war. It’s certainly showing him that he’s gathering support. But the biggest point is Sandringham coming back into the run of things. We start to see that he’s more of a power player and a bigger character in their whole fate, in Jamie and Claire’s whole life, and he certainly will, later on in the series, become very pivotal to the whole thing. He’s certainly a figure that should not be trusted.

Regardless of the fact that Sandringham can tell Jamie about Black Jack’s fate, Claire still decides not to tell Jamie that Black Jack is still alive. Why did Claire decide not to come clean, even though there’s a ticking clock on that secret coming out?

Caitriona Balfe: I think she’s scared that he will do something rash. She’s just not ready to see him fall backwards. You see him, there’s this moment of hope, they’re finally getting somewhere, and she feels that if she told him, it would just send him into a spin, into a spiral. She just doesn’t know how he’ll react.
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Sam Heughan Talks Outlander Season 2 with The Wall Street Journal

Sam Heughan Talks Outlander Season 2 with The Wall Street Journal

Here’s a new interview of Sam Heughan talking Outlander Season 2 and French Society, Fake Blood and the Frasers’ Marital Intimacy.

This article contains major spoilers from Outlander Episode 2×02 “Not in Scotland Anymore”

We got to witness much of Claire’s emotional turmoil in last week’s season premiere, but not so much Jamie’s. The second episode, however, turns the focus onto your character. So how would you say he’s doing these days?

He’s still plagued by Black Jack, by what happened to him, by his guilt, and he’s not dealing with it very well. We don’t focus on Jamie throughout every episode, but it’s there, this disease that’s in his mind. He’s trying not to think about it. He throws himself into his mission. He’s working day and night, and he’s losing contact with Claire. Their relationship becomes less engaged, and it’s like a disease, it spreads and it ultimately will implode on him. And I wanted to play him sort of not himself. But yeah, he’s lost his sparkle a little bit. He’s a bit of a shadow.

The opening moment of tonight’s episode has Jamie dreaming that he brutally murders Black Jack. What was it like filming that scene? Did you go, “Wait a minute, did I just stumble into an episode of ‘Game of Thrones’?” with all that blood?

It’s very graphic. I remember reading the book [“Dragonfly in Amber“] before we started shooting, and just in my mind this image of Jamie sitting in the window with a plaid around him, and he’s not sleeping at all. Every night, he’s not getting rest. That’s what’s making his mind turn and why he’s throwing himself at this mission, and I think for me it’s a great way to show that he’s being plagued by it. But, yeah, it’s a very strong opener.

How did the fake blood taste?  

It’s so sticky. It’s like this very sort of sweet, sugary syrup. We shot that quite a few times, like, five or six, so, you have to get cleaned up and do it again. But I’ve got some great behind-the-scenes pictures of me covered in blood. Tobias as well, he’s magnificent in that. It’s really gruesome and kind of weird. Continue reading Sam Heughan Talks Outlander Season 2 with The Wall Street Journal

New interview of Sam Heughan with ELLE Magazine

New interview of Sam Heughan with ELLE Magazine

Here’s the interview of Sam Heughan for ELLE Magazine that will appear in the April issue.

Would you share an embarrassing childhood story for our benefit?

S: There were many failures. I was very much enamored with a girl in my school. I must have been 17, and after a lot of pursuing, she gave in to go out with me. This being Scotland, there’s not much to do. But we arranged to meet outside a Burger King in the center of town.

Totally classy. And I was a vegetarian as well. But yeah, so I got there on time, really nervous and excited. And it was a cold day and raining, and I stood there for maybe two or three hours. Then I went home. The next day at school, she was so pissed off. She was like, “I waited for over an hour!” I found out there were two of these Burger Kings on the same road.

We watched your character on Outlander lose his virginity. Would you do anything differently about your first time?
S: I think everyone’s first time is pretty uneventful. You build it up, but it’s just a moment in time, and I certainly think as you get older it gets easier and you learn a lot more about yourself as well. So I guess what I would say if I could go back in time is, Don’t worry about it.
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