Outlander stars Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan; executive producers Ronald D. Moore, Maril Davis, Matthew B. Roberts, Toni Graphia; and productions designer Jon Gary Steele were at Starz's Outlander FYC Event in Hollywood, California and discussed their favorite moments from Season 3.
So that is definitely why Caitriona was cast because the chemistry is off the charts!
Caitriona exclusively told People about her engagement to Tony McGill. The two have kept their relationship private but the two have been seeing each other for nearly two years.
"The dead body in the episode was that of Barton (Ian Conningham). In the video (see below), co-executive producer Matthew B. Roberts revealed they had different prosthetics built. There was a replica of the head of the actor playing the role of Barton, and his body as well. The scene where Claire (Caitriona Balfe) drills a hole in the skull also utilises the prosthetic head.
The producers strive to make scenes as realistic as possible. Balfe had to go through some training for the operation scene. There was also a medical advisor, whose name interestingly is Dr. Claire, present on standby to answer questions the cast and crew might have had. Dr. Claire is an emergency room surgeon in Glasgow."
"Working with Terry, we had racks of clothes, and I felt like I was in the best vintage store ever, which was really fun…The sixties is one of my favorite eras. What I love about Claire is that, you know, she’s a professional woman. She’s stylish without being a victim to the fashion of the time. She’s within the period, but it feels very real and it feels very lived in. It’s not a magazine versions of the sixties. Terry loves finding very practical character based looks.
We have some beautiful pieces. There’s a beautiful coat dress that echoes some of my more equestrian-style outfits from Paris. It’s kind of nice that there’s always shades of who Claire is in any century, throughout her wardrobe.”
-Caitriona Balfe (Claire Randall Fraser)
Check out this Remote Controlled podcast with Variety's executive editor of television Debra Brirnbaum and TV critic Sonia Saraiya who talk with Outlander stars Tobias Menzies and Caitriona Balfe.
This podcast was recorded before the premiere and is something of a sneak peek but worth the time even if you've watched the premiere.
“In Scotland, the landscape has changed,” says Sam Heughan. He’s referring to April of 1746: The Jacobite Rising has been ground to a bloody battlefield, and things are about to get even more difficult for the Highlanders and their culture. It’s from that point that the new season of the historical-fiction phenomenon unfolds—against a very harsh period of Scottish history.
The show’s time-traveling lovers, Claire and Jamie, are separated across centuries at the start of the third season. When they’re finally reunited, they’re different people, in a very different era: Scotland after Culloden. As always with Outlander, it’s a time and place that’s been thoroughly researched, “because history is one of the best tools for a fiction writer,” says writer, director and executive producer Matthew B. Roberts.
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Last fall I was fortunate enough to visit the set of Outlander in Scotland with a handful of other journalists. In addition to touring the production studio, we also got to tour the countryside and see the castles and other stunning locales that make up the show’s unique and unforgettable backgrounds. Another perk was that we got to interview the cast, both on camera (as you’ll see in the video below — it’s the same one as in the Sam Heughan interview, but just in case you missed it) as well as a chance to dive deeper into what we can expect from their characters in Season 3.
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