New Video of Sam Heughan for The Nerdist

While at San Diego Comic-Con this year The Nerdist.com chatted up Caitriona Balfe (Claire Randall/Fraser) Sam Heughan (Jamie Fraser), Outlander author Diana Gabaldon, and series showrunner Ronald Moore asking them to pick something they’d go back and change in history if they could, and what they’d do to add a bit of levity to the series after the darkness of last season.

Here’s the video:

Sam Heughan talks Outlander at Comic Con with “Inquirer”

Sam Heughan, the epitome of the friendly Scottish people, turned heads as he and Caitriona walked from one event to another at the cavernous San Diego Convention Center or vast hotel hallways. Fans clamored to have photos with Sam and Caitriona, who play Jamie Fraser, an 18th-century Scottish warrior, and Claire Randall, a combat nurse in the 1940s, respectively.

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Jamie and Claire are involved in what is described as a “love triangle in time” since her character is married to Frank Randall, a history professor, played by Tobias Menzies. But in Diana’s story, Claire wakes up to find herself in the 18th century and soon becomes involved in a passionate relationship with Jamie.

The long-haired 35-year-old earned a Laurence Olivier Theatre Award nomination for most promising newcomer of 2002 for his performance in “Outlying Islands.” An alumnus of The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, Scotland, Sam appears poised to have a big career in TV and film.

Sam enjoyed the break in San Diego even though it was actually work as he promoted “Outlander.” “We go back and start filming again,” he said of his post-Comic-Con schedule. “We’ve done three episodes. We’ve got another 10 to go.”

The following are excerpts from our chat with Sam:

What’s your filming schedule like for season 2?

It’s a long shoot till February. We’re going to Prague next month for the exteriors of Paris and Versailles. And then to Salisbury in England. It will be exciting. The show always changes, always moves since it’s not studio-based. It’s going to be a real journey for the characters.

It’s the new world—Versailles, politics and the French court. It’s very luxurious—King Louis XV… The second half is more mud, blood and the buildup to Culloden. It’s like two halves, really. It’s going to be exciting.

Can you talk about how the triangle changes in season 2?

Well, I think Tobias may be dead.

No, he can’t be.

I mean, I don’t know.

He was a good man.

Or maybe he’s not. You have to read the books. There’s a lot that happened in season 1. There needs to be a resolution to that. I don’t want to say anything more. Continue reading Sam Heughan talks Outlander at Comic Con with “Inquirer”

Sam Heughan talks Wentworth Scenes, Season 2 and Jamie & Claire

Describing his second Comic Con experience as insane but wonderful, Sam Heughan opened up about filming those incredible Wentworth Prison scenes (which garnered Emmy buzz in response to his performance) and the journey Jamie and Claire will be on in season two.

How did you mentally prepare and get into that specific mindset for the Wentworth Prison scenes? How were you able to take yourself there?

Sam Heughan: “We knew it was coming up. I was excited by it, nervous, but we knew it was going to be challenging. We wanted it to be a challenge for the actors but for the audience as well. We approached it like any other theater piece; myself and Tobias [Menzies] started from a theatre background. We sat with the director and the writer for about a week worth of rehearsals. Discussed the scenes, sort of cut it down a bit. We worked on what we wanted the audience to feel, what we wanted them to see. Pretty much set the guidelines, set the boundaries of filming the scene. And then we filmed it over a space of 10 days, two weeks. It was pretty intense stuff, primarily because of the content, but also there was a lot of prosthetic work. I’d be in at 4am and not finish until 10 at night or something, so they were long days. But in a way that was perfect because it got me into that mindset of I had to work three or four hours in the morning to prep, to stand there as someone painted something on your body. Then in the evening taking it off was a good way to lose the day’s filming, but it was heavy stuff. We knew that we were doing something quite bold, so I was excited to see the end product.”

How do you play a damaged character without playing him as a victim?

Sam Heughan: “Jamie did get some resolution at the end of season one. I mean he was not cured in any way, but he’s looking forward. I spoke for hours with some doctor about the medical conditions and what happens with the psychology as well. But, ultimately, everyone is different. Everyone deals with torment in different ways. Jamie is very particular in the way he deals with things. Before we’ve seen when he got whipped or other scenarios in season one, he lets it fall of his back. But this has certainly affected him. But he’s not a victim; he’s moving forward. He’s got this mission. He’s there for a purpose and it’s not weighing him down or incapacitating him. But he has things that he’s got to deal with and we’ve just finished filming for the moment. He maybe finds some resolution and that’s kind of nice to see. I’ve discussed that and we see that in a lot of cases where people had some sort of trauma it would be something really random that would trigger that moment of healing or moving forward. I’m very lucky to be able to play that part of the character.”

Jamie begins season two in a completely different place than season one. What did you feel were the specific challenges of this season?

Sam Heughan: “In a way I suppose it’s more of a challenge actually because the first season Jamie’s got no responsibility. He’s out looking after himself. He’s reacting to every moment. And, yeah, in season two it’s completely different, you know? He’s got the trauma of season one and also the responsibility of having a wife, being a father, of becoming a parent. So he’s had to grow up, and in season one he certainly did. Continue reading Sam Heughan talks Wentworth Scenes, Season 2 and Jamie & Claire