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Sam Speaks with Gold Derby, Kristen Dos Santos, & CarterMatt

Thanks anicaro, mandersonmsp, and lexiloumarie for sharing these in the FFA.

Gold Derby Interview

The video was taken down by the Youtube channel. But it has been re-posted for your viewing pleasure in the FFA here.

Important Points:

  • His hair looks really good at this length

  • In Tobias's mind, according to the interviewer, BJR hates Jamie because he represents something that he himself cannot be.

  • In Sam's mind BJR does not hate Jamie at all, he's just curious about his reslience.

  • On all the suffering Jamie goes through: "I think Diana must have something against Jamie." Ultimately, he thinks that Jamie's just made to fulfill his promise to Claire to protect her with his body.

  • The putting on and taking off of prostethics helps him get in and out of character.

  • He and Cait argue about who is the better horseman. The horses can be pretty difficult but he misses them when he's not there.

  • The interviewer put his foot in his mouth and calls Outlander a "melodramatic, chick flick show" at 16:30, but kind of sort of saves it by saying that's what people other than himself might classify the show as.

  • Jamie makes a small reference to[Spoiler (click to open)]Willieat 18:20.

  • Ron's favorite scene in the whole series is in the wedding episode where he inserted the line he said to Terry about "seeing the sunrise."

  • Sam's favorite scene is in episode 9, when he and Cait argue by the river.

Excerpts from Interview with KDS

I was directed to [Outlander book series author] Diana Gabaldon's Facebook page, and there are a lot of real victim reactions there that are touching, and they are overwhelmingly positive. You were able to show not just the physical ramifications but psychological ramifications and did things in a way that people did not find gratuitous. What does that mean to you?

I have been contacted by people who have been in similar situations or in some sort of crisis. And I believe as well, it's not just about the act that Black performs on Jamie. It's about breaking him down and not just physically. Jamie can handle anything, but it's the mental stuff that forces Jamie into some really dark places. And also seeing Jamie recover from that and deal with this traumatic situation is powerful. And it's very individual. People in that situation deal with it in different ways, and have their own way of dealing with it. And it's nice that we don't shy away from it. That we don't turn the camera away from it. That we see the aftermath of something like that . And it continues on into season two a little bit.

In season two, what can you say about how Jamie and Claire's relationship has changed?

I don't think it's ever going to be the same again. They've learned about themselves, they've learned about each other and their relationship. But they have a lot to deal with now. There's the new responsibility that Claire's now pregnant so she has that going on and Jamie has this mental side, and he's got to get over that. And obviously they have to fight even harder to get together, but it's not about escaping the British or escaping Wentworth. It's more of a mental fight and a psychological one. But what happens in France is they have to team together for the greater good, and ultimately it will make their relationship a lot stronger. It's been a really interesting journey to play all that and to be given that gift as an actor, has been incredible. I mean you rarely get that on television. So it's quite refreshing actually.

The word "Emmy" keeps being thrown out there. Even before the final two episodes and then particularly with the final two. Did you have any hopes or expectations when you signed up for this series that this show, and your performance, would be taken seriously as award-worthy? And how does it feel to know that not just the fans, but the media as well are saying, this is an Emmy worthy performance?

It's kind of a shock. You don't think about that at all when you're filming it obviously, and you're just trying to do the best work you can. And I think if we are being talked about in any sort of capacity, it's just because everyone is working their butts off on the show, and everyone's doing a really good job. And if people want to reward it, then that's even better, but I guess the best part of it is the reaction from the fans, and the people watching it, that's the real payoff. If there is anything else beyond it, then that's just a bonus.

Full article at source.

Excerpts from CarterMatt Interview

CarterMatt – So how are things going? I know that [you’ve at least started] season 2 filming.

Sam Heughan – We’ve been doing night shoots, so we’re still walking around like zombies. We’re actually almost finished the first three episodes. We’ve sort of done a super-block across [these] three episodes. At some point we’re doing location work, which we’re doing in Prague and elsewhere. It’s going really well; it’s good to be back! It’s almost like we haven’t left.

I want to jump back in a time machine for a minute to when you were auditioning for the show. Obviously you knew that there was this book series and there was a popularity there [with the source material], but could you predict in advance the sort of success or praise that the series has received?

I guess you can never really imagine it. You try not to (laughs). You do everything in your power to think ‘oh my god, this is nothing, nobody’s going to see this!’. Obviously I knew it was based on this series, and everyone around me was very excited for me, and saying that this has potential to do great things. I guess you always dream a little smaller because you don’t want your expectations to be smashed. But also you can’t think about that; you just have to concentrate on the work and the job at hand, and there is very little time to think about that stuff, just with the schedule that we’ve got.

But yeah, I would love to go back in time just to tell myself to enjoy the moment, which I have been, but it’s been a real roller-coaster and I’ve been very busy and it’s been great.

When was the moment that you knew that [executive producer] Ronald D. Moore was involved? Was that during the audition process?

I knew straight away. When I was asked to audition I was told that he was the executive producer and showrunner, and that just made me want to jump at it. Had he not been involved, maybe I would have been slightly wary of the project, but I loved his work and I just felt like he seemed like [the right person] to do this. I think he’s proven that with his edits and crossing the story and this world. He’s such an amazing character to work with.

I know everyone will talk about your performance in ‘Wentworth Prison’ and really the final two episodes as a whole, but I’m curious if there is a moment from the season that you are particularly proud of that maybe isn’t getting that same sort of attention.

I would say episode 9, the first episode of [the second part of the season], after the rescue from Fort William [there is a scene with] Claire and I at the river where we have this argument. I think it was the first time that we got the chance to use our acting chops to get our teeth into something. Up until that moment, especially with my character, I felt the character was kind of on the periphery, and you don’t really get to use all of the skills that you’ve got as an actor. (OP: I like how he came right out and said it.) I think that’s why the show has been so great to me; you get an opportunity to go to some places that you don’t really get in a cop show or regular television. I think what we’re doing is quite new and quite different.

Can you talk for a minute about working with Tobias in these scenes? I feel like his performance was just so effective and shocking and even terrifying.

He’s a wonderful actor, and terrific and terrifying as Black Jack. That’s really important, that he does scare you, he scares me, and you have someone to play off of. I feel like we both spoke the same language. We both come from a theater background, so through the rehearsal process we both understood what we wanted to get out of it, what the scene needed.

When it filmed, we just kind of just went for it. We didn’t spend much time together, we were in separate cells, and I think that was important for us to go there and really challenge each other, and I think the director really challenged us, as well. All of us were striving for something and pushing each other, and that produced this great work.

Everyone says that you want to be always learning, really no matter what you are doing in life. Is there anything that you personally learned from the process over the past season that you’re applying to the future both of this show and your work in general?

I think technically you learn a lot, but I think it’s also remarkable just how much your personal life goes into these shows, and how much is reflected. I cannot tell you whether it’s the show reflecting on my personal life or my personal life reflecting on the show; I don’t know. Whatever it is, it’s great to be able to use that and it just feels like the relationships that we’re playing on screen are very much being fed into by working on this job and working in this situation. It’s a really interesting journey for an actor; sometimes really hard to separate, and sometimes very easy. Ultimately it feels like it is all really building to something really truthful and honest.

Full article at source.
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