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.

Classy.
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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Transcript of the Q&A with Sam Heughan & Caitriona Balfe on Facebook

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iTunes What was it like preparing to become these characters? How did you familiarize yourselves with the time period?

Outlander SH: Season 2 is a different world and it was interesting to explore Jamie and Claire and how much they are not playing themselves, in fact hiding their new identities. They’re being deceptive and manipulative, going against their true nature. Caitriona is on her second plate of guacamole fyi.

iTunes Frank and Jamie are very different characters. What about Claire and Jamie’s relationship allowed Claire to move on from her previous marriage?

Outlander CB: Claire and Jamie’s relationship is much more about equals. Frank and Claire’s balance was off. Claire was a young girl. Jamie and Claire are an equal of souls.

Keri Nork If Jamie were able to go through the stones to Claire’s time, which time period do you think they would choose to live and where? How would Jamie handle the 20th century?

Outlander SH: Jamie would travel to today, but he would not fare well with social media.

Maria Grazia Spila Sam, you always say Jamie is intelligent, smart. But he is not flawless. Which of his mistakes you wouldn’t make?

Outlander SH: I would not punish my wife in that way unless asked

iTunes Do you think Claire could ever readjust to life in the 1940’s after having spent so much time in the past?

Outlander CB: I feel like it will be hard for her, but life has to go on.

iTunes Tell us about the best time you had while filming the show.

Outlander SH: Latter part of Season 2, it’s a great counterpart for the first part when we return to Scotland and there is a lot of action for both Jamie and Claire.

iTunes Frank and Jamie are very different characters. What about Claire and Jamie’s relationship allowed Claire to move on from her previous marriage?

Outlander CB: Claire and Jamie’s relationship is much more about equals. Frank and Claire’s balance was off. Claire was a young girl. Jamie and Claire are an equal of souls. Continue reading Transcript of the Q&A with Sam Heughan & Caitriona Balfe on Facebook

New Interview of Sam Heughan with Vanity Fair

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Here’s a new great interview of Sam Heughan with Vanity Fair:

Since Outlander first premiered globally in August of 2014, it has attracted a passionate group of fans from all over the world—including, at least, a celebrity who was a TV heartthrob decades before the kilted men of Outlander took over the role.

“I had dinner with William Shatner last week and I couldn’t believe it. He’s a fan of the show,” revealed star Sam Heughan at the show’s Season 2 premiere on Monday night. “He’s really funny, and I owe him dinner now. I still can’t believe I met him!”

Nearly one year after Starz’s popular time-traveling, romance series, Outlander, ended its first season, the “Droughtlander” is almost over for Shatner and millions of other fans. Breakout stars Heughan, Caitriona Balfe, and Tobias Menzies gathered Monday evening for an extravagant world-premiere event at the American Museum of Natural History, which included a party in the museum’s famous “whale room.”

“My life has changed in so many ways because of the show,” said Heughan, who plays swoon-worthy Highlander Jamie Fraser. One of the biggest changes has been seeing his face plastered on billboards. “It’s very odd. I had just come from Los Angeles, and there’s a lot of billboards around the city and on buses and it’s really strange to be driving past and see myself up there,” he said. “It’s kind of overwhelming, really.”

Despite the high level of emotions, he had to capture the milestone moment in his career with a photo. “I may have one selfie somewhere, which I sent to my mum,” he modestly said. “Ultimately, it’s those sort of things that I want my family to see and to share the special moments that I am experiencing.”

Thirty-six-year-old Irish actress Balfe has dreamed of becoming an actress since her childhood. She admits she wasn’t sure if she would ever catch a big break until she landed the lead role on Outlander.

“I struggled for years as an actress and it was challenging,” said Balfe, a former model. “I wasn’t sure if it was going to work, but I was stubborn and never gave up. Now, I have a job that I always dreamed of. My life has really been changed both personally and professionally. I just love the range that I get to play. It feels like every day there is something new to tackle and I am constantly growing and changing as an actress and as a woman.”

ON-SCREEN ALTER EGOS

Both critics and fans of Outlander have a strong love-hate relationship with its three leading characters. Viewers are so invested that many wonder if the actors themselves mirror their fictional alter egos.

“I would like to think that I am fearless like Claire,” Balfe said about the headstrong British nurse. “I will pretty much do anything that this role calls for, but I would also like to think that I am more cautious when needed, because Claire does things before she thinks. But I love that. I love that she is passionate and takes big risks no matter what happens.”

As for Heughan, 35, playing the beloved heartthrob can be daunting. “He’s a very noble and trustworthy guy and trying to live up to him can be difficult at times,” he admits. “I’m lucky to play such a great guy who is so loved. I hope to be as great as Jamie is. I do share his sense of loyalty. I am a very loyal man and always keep my promises when I commit to something.”

Fortunately for Menzies, a veteran English actor and Games of Thrones alum, viewers don’t often confuse him with his character, the sadistic 18th-century English captain Jonathan “Black Jack” Randall.

“I live in London and I don’t get too much hassle or dirty looks from fans. I can still go and buy my milk from the shelf,” said Menzies. “I’m happy to tell you people just about manage to work out that I’m not him and he is not me. But it’s great to hear that I am evil enough to confuse some people. My whole approach was not to treat him as a monster and to try and see why he would be evil so that the audience couldn’t just discount him as a monster. You have to go meet the man and understand him to humanize him, to make it more uncomfortable to watch him, because it could be any of us if we went through any of those experiences.” Continue reading New Interview of Sam Heughan with Vanity Fair