Here’s a new interview of Sam Heughan for Marie Claire Australia:
MARIE CLAIRE: Is this your first time in Australia?
SAM HEUGHAN: It is. I have had an amazing time. It’s such a beautiful… [Pulls a face] It’s so sunny I want to be outside! [Laughs] But it’s been amazing. We’ve had two days off, so when we landed we went to a rugby game. Then I went to Bondi, Manly cove [and] up the Bridge. It’s been great.
MC: And have you tried Vegemite?
SH: Yes, I had Vegemite on TV yesterday. I loved it. I really like it. Anything on toast is good though.
MC: The fans of this show are legendary. Is that something you had ever encountered before?
SH: No I had never encountered anything like this. What’s surprising is that we have been to America and we’ve been in Europe and the fact that the fans over here are just as enthusiastic about the show [is amazing]. We had an event last night and they all turned up and they were all wearing some piece of tartan and they were really into it and it’s crazy to think that the show has that far of a reach.
MC: What’s the craziest thing a fan has done to get your attention?
SH: I probably can’t say, because I think it’s a bit embarrassing. But they’re great, they generally are very, very well-meaning and very supportive of everything we do. And some time it might go a little too enthusiastic, but they’re also self policing as well and they have a great community of support for each other.
MC: A lot of people – ED’S NOTE: Ahem, marie claire staffers included – love the fact that the sex is so feminist and realistic in the show. How important was that going in?
SH: The show is from the point of view of a woman so therefore we see it from her eyes. Myself and Caitriona [Balfe, who plays Claire] are very aware of what we do and why are we doing it. We don’t want it to just be some explicit, pornographic thing on television. We want it to have a meaning and move the characters forward and show something about their relationship.
MC: What can fans expect in the bedroom in season 2?
SH: I think they’re going to be surprised actually. Very surprised.
SH: I don’t know. You know, at the end of season one Jamie has a great trauma happen to him, so he’s still suffering mentally and physically and Claire’s now pregnant. So they’re not the young lovers that have fallen for each other for the first time. They’re grown up and have a grown up relationship with all of its intricate details and that will be reflected in the bedroom. Continue reading “Five Minutes with Sam Heughan”: New Interview for Marie Claire
Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe were in London and took over Amazon Video UK on tumblr to answer questions from the fans.
jamesandclairefraser asked: Hi Sam and Cait. The amazing chemistry between the two of you is something that many people talk about and it’s part of the reason why the show is so popular. It’s clear that you have a great friendship, so what I’d love to know is what’s the one quality that you admire most about each other?
Sam: Caitriona’s generosity of sharing a bloody mary.
Caitriona: His kindness and his thoughfulness.
marieinthemist asked: We’re doing a *30 Days of Oultander* challenge, counting down until premiere day. One of them is to pick your favorite location from Season 1 (indoors or outdoors). Which one was your favorite, Sam and Caitriona? #30DaysOfOL
Caitriona: Loch Rannoch.
Sam: It has to be the same. Where we shoot the standing stones. There’s a beautiful mountain there Schiehallion.
demonsunshine asked: Can you tell about the next season in 3 words?
Caitriona: Intrigue. Heartbreak and closure.
Sam: Fate. Blood. Redwine. Continue reading Q&A with Sam Heughan & Caitriona Balfe for Amazon Video UK
New interview of Sam Heughan for The Sun:
OUTLANDER hunk Sam Heughan has told how he’s HAPPY the show isn’t on mainstream TV in the UK — so he can stroll down the street in peace. The £50million fantasy epic, filmed across Scotland, aired on on-demand service Amazon Prime last year after the net giant snapped up its rights from Sony.
“The show isn’t as well-known as it is in America so it’s quite nice. But we’re glad the fans like the show and were building new fan bases all the time. In the UK it’s slowly building. It’s nice to be in a show that’s well received.”
Filming for season two of the Starz time travel show just wrapped on Sunday. But Sam, 35, revealed the treacherous winter caused havoc on set. Crew often had to take breaks due to flooding and as a result, they had to allow for more time to finish up the second instalment.
In fact, the TV superstar had to turn down a movie role because of the weather delay. Sam said: “I’m supposed to be filming a movie right now called Oxford, but our schedules changed what with the weather conditions. We had to stay here a little longer than expected so that fell through. There are lots of things out there though and it’s exciting times.”
Sam — who plays Highland warrior Jamie Fraser — now splits his time between Scotland and LA. But despite his glitzy showbiz career, the actor has no plans to set down roots in Tinseltown.
Instead, he uses trendy apartment rental service Airbnb when he touches down in La La land.
He said: “I don’t really know where I live to be honest. I live in Glasgow when shooting here and when I’m in LA I use Airbnb. I’m there for six months at a time — you don’t want to stay in a hotel all the time. I lived in London for years and of course I love LA, but there’s something I love about this country, it’s a very unique lifestyle. One day I’d like to end up here.”
Sam and the rest of the cast are about to about to embark on a world press tour to promote series two. But he made time for an appearance in Glasgow yesterday, to promote recycling campaign, Pass It On Week, organised by Zero Waste Scotland.
He urged the public to donate unwanted clothing to The Empty Shop at Glasgow’s St Enoch Centre as part of the campaign.
He added: “It’s all about encouraging people in a fun way to get involved and to recycle their clothes.”
New Interview of Sam Heughan with Stewart Christie & Co:
It’s not often that the origins of two seemingly unrelated entities coincide in a way that allow for an exchange of creative inspiration and collaborative endeavors. Stewart Christie’s beginnings are rooted in the same period of the Jacobite Rebellions, around which the new Starz series Outlander centers. To celebrate this common history, it is our pleasure to invite one of the stars of this new historical fiction into our esteemed tailoring firm to enjoy a piece of Scottish heritage off-screen, and demonstrate the cultural significance of the two institutions coming together. Sam Heughan sits down with us to give a bit of insight into his experience playing Jamie Fraser and what it means for him as a Scotsman to bring to life a part of Scottish history integral to the country’s present day culture.
What is the most rewarding part about playing the character of Jamie Fraser as a Scotsman?
SAM: This role has been a real “homecoming” for me. I was born and brought up in rural Scotland, but I left for over 14 years. Now I’ve been able to rediscover my childhood/ancestry and fall in love with my home country again whilst being able to bring the things I love about it to an international audience.
Outlander being historical fiction, what do you think is the most relatable part of the show to the modern viewer?
SAM: Outlander lets the viewer have access to a world that is familiar, yet undiscovered. We imagine ourselves, like Claire (the main character), going back in time. How would we cope? What would we do? It’s pure escapism that’s based in a very real historic period.
SAM: I’ve discovered a lot about the history of the kilt and of tartan; its origins, and how it became fashionable. Ultimately, for Jamie, it’s a practical piece of clothing, a warrior’s utility belt, so to speak, serving a variety of purposes. I think he’d go to Stewart Christie for something finer, a quality suit, to change into after roaming the highlands!
Playing off of that last question, what was your favorite costume to wear during filming?
SAM: Haha, can you guess?? (Kilt!)
Thinking about Stewart Christie’s attention to each customer’s individuality, how would you describe your personal style?
SAM: I’m definitely developing a taste for quality, gentleman’s clothing. Anything that is well made, from durable, yet luxury materials. It’s subtle, but I think it makes a huge difference to the way one feels when wearing it. Plus, people respond well to a well-dressed man! Ha! Continue reading Stewart Christie’s interview with Sam Heughan
New interview of Sam Heughan about Jamie & Claire in Outlander Season 2 with TV Guide Magazine.
Outlander‘s first season ended on a dark note, with Black Jack (Tobias Menzies) torturing and raping hero Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) before Claire (Caitriona Balfe) could come to his rescue. Jamie and Claire will still feel the effects of the brutal attack as they arrive in France at the start of Season 2.
“There’s definitely still some mental trauma there. The physical side he can heal. It’s not modern-day life, so there isn’t a psychologist he can talk to,” Heughan tells TVGuide.com. “He did something that was out of his control. He betrayed Claire and he feels guilty about that. He feels that he can’t be the husband or the man that he wants to be. He needs some sort of reconciliation.”
How he’ll get that reconciliation remains to be seen, but it may come at a cost. And it won’t be a painless journey for Claire either. “If you watch someone that you love go through something as horrific and traumatic as that, it can’t help but affect you; the empathy that you would feel for the person that you love and the guilt as well, because you wish that you could take away their pain and you can’t. I think Claire somehow feels responsible in some ways for Jamie being in that situation,” Balfe explains.
That guilt will lead to Claire playing a very active role in helping Jamie rebuild his life. There’s a baby on the way to bring them hope, but Claire comes up with a more immediate plan to help them get past everything that happened. “She also takes this idea of giving him a mission as something that will help him heal and take his mind off what he’d gone through,” Balfe says. “We see her really being this champion of this idea that they are really going to change the future. It gives him something to get up for.”