Here’s a new interview of Sam Heughan with the Daily Record:
Sam Heughan, star of time-travelling smash Outlander, is on the verge of scooping the Radio Times TV Champion of Champions award, seeing off some of the biggest names in broadcasting.
The 35-year-old beat heart-throb Poldark actor Aidan Turner in the semi-finals of the online contest and now faces comedy hero Ricky Gervais in the final.
Voting for the award closes tomorrow but Sam’s hoping the worldwide fans of the American series – only available on Amazon Prime in the UK – will help him win the crown.
A delighted Sam, who has launched a charity fundraising drive called My Peak Challenge, said: “We’re not on terrestrial television in the UK so it would be terrific to win. I’d have to challenge the Radio Times to put us on the front cover if we do. They would have to, wouldn’t they Maybe it proves to the rest of the industry that this show is worth watching.”
The former River City actor, who was filming the second series of Outlander in Glasgow’s Pollok Park last week, had already won the Radio Times sci-fi award before being pitted against other category winners for the overall title. But it became a battle of the beefcakes in the semi-final when Sam – who plays Scottish warrior Jamie Fraser – went head-to-head with housewives’ favourite Poldark, who won the drama prize.
The Scottish hunk talks to ELLE Canada ahead of the show’s next season. For all you Heughligans out there wondering: Yes, your Scottish mega-crush really is as nice in real life as you all hope he would be. If you ever get the chance to sit down for a chat with the 35 year-old actor like I did (in a fancy Toronto hotel room while he was in town to talk about Outlander, and no, I have no spoilers), there’s a good chance he’ll compliment you at least twice before you sit down, and let his herbual tea get ice cold while he indulges your need to tell everyone you’ve met that you’re currently half-way through a 100 day no sugar challenge (more on that later).
And since we’re deep in the midst of #droughtlander, I can think of non better way to count down the months until the hit Starz series (about a time travelling Englishwoman and the handsome, chivalrous Scot she falls in love with when she falls into the 18th century), than to share this conversation with you, dedicated Heughligans.
SH: Great necklace!
SL: Thanks! The lady on the checkout at Whole Foods this morning liked it too.
SH: I was actually just at the Whole Foods round here this morning.
SL: I have an addiction to their broccoli cheddar soup.
Sam Heughan speaks about the highly anticipated Season 2 and what lies ahead for his character.
“Jaime’s thrown himself into it whole-heartedly. He’s in it but he’s not relishing it at all. We see [Jamie and Clare] slowly get better at [playing the game] and learn they can undercut people and be quite political themselves. Publicly he’s a good businessman and very charming, but in those late nights with Claire we see the mask come off.”
Sam revealed fans will have to deal with the “hangover” of the dramatic finale as the show picks up in France.
“We’ve just completed the first three episodes of the second season and it’s very different. We’ve gone to France. The story picks up as Jamie and Claire go to France to stop the build-up to Culloden and stop the rebellion. There’s definitely a hangover after the events of season one and everything what happened in the finale. It feels like a whole new world. We’re introduced to love and characters from Diana’s books.”
TV After Dark sat down with the cast, Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe, and creatives, author Diana Gabaldon and executive producer Ron D. Moore, at Comic Con 2015 to talk Season 2 and what to expect from this new chapter in Jamie and Claire’s journey in the 18th century.
TVAD: Have you heard from other victims of sexual assault as a result [of Jamie’s rape], because that happened to Joanne Froggatt in Downton Abbey, people coming to her and sharing their experiences, have you had anything like that happen?
Sam Heughan: I think on social media we did, yeah, I saw some stuff on various websites, Facebook, and actually Twitter as well. I think if anyone that suffered any kind of trauma could get something out of it or could feel that they could speak up or find help or to address any problems, then we’ve done a great thing. But the story wasn’t just about Jamie Fraser and the event that happened to him, it was, for me, it was definitely very interesting about the psychology of where he’s at, how that’s affected his relationship with Claire. Now they’re gonna be parents as well, it’s certainly, uh, yeah, there’s all these elements being played out and it’s kind of sad in a way the innocence of season one has almost been lost, but it’s there to be found again as well.
Heughan speaks further to this point and how those scenes will go on to affect his character and the story in season two:
“Jamie wears all these scars on his body, which are marks of things that have happened to him and it’s just very interesting in the physicality of things thinking we’re going to have to carry this thing through forever, for how long we film this, so that’s interesting, but also the psychology of things and I think we’re all excited to see where this goes. We’ve now almost finished 5 episodes and we’re getting to this really interesting stuff, the psychology and the more emotional stuff, and then when they get to the end of the season when the battles, where, not giving away too much, but some characters…you lose some characters, it really does become very emotional and I think it’s just gonna build towards the end of the season.” Continue reading Sam Heughan & Caitriona Balfe Talk Season 2 with “Tv After Dark”