Outlander actor Sam Heughan enjoying star status
Q. How did you go about putting your own spin on this character, who is already so established in the books?
A. I pretty much had to go back to basics and go to the books, and forget about the preconceptions about him. I think the most important thing for me was that he’s a Gaelic speaker. I started to look at the Gaelic culture, the Scottish culture, and that for me opened up a lot of the background of who Jamie is and why he’s the way he is.
Q. Jamie was the virgin in his relationship with Claire,[Spoiler (click to open)]yet in the midseason premiere there’s a scene where he spanks her for being defiant. Do you see Outlander as a more progressive romance story?
A. I think so. I mean, we have a very strong female lead, and it’s an interesting dynamic. And that’s about them learning about each other and interacting with one another. The wedding, or what happens around that episode, is really just the start of this relationship that hopefully will span many seasons.
Q. Next season is based on Dragonfly in Amber — how closely will it follow the book?
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A. We’re definitely going to try to stick to the books as close as possible. However, there are elements of the story that (showrunner Ronald D. Moore) will expand on. Even in this second part of Season 1, there are some characters that aren’t in the books. But I think they all really add to the Outlander universe and help flesh out the background of the story. And yes, there’ll be some surprises as well.
Q. You’ve talked before about wanting a Doctor Who/Outlander crossover — have you thought more about a possible plot?
A. Yeah. Maybe Sherlock is involved there as well. I know Mark Gatiss, who’s one of the writers of Doctor Who and Sherlock, and I’m just a huge fan of anything by him. But yes, maybe we should get that to happen. Maybe Game of Thrones as well. We’ll get it all.
Q. There have been articles that describe you, for example, as “offensively handsome.” Are you comfortable with the sex-symbol label?
A. I don’t even really know what that really means, but it’s lovely if people want to say that about me. I’m pretty flattered, but no. It doesn’t really compute. Fortunately, I’m too busy on the job. But it’s lovely that people are enthusiastic about the stuff we’re doing.
Q. Do you ramp up your workouts when you know you’re going to tape those love scenes?
A. To be honest, the schedule is so tight that you can’t really go into a special regimen. We just go to work every day and get on with it. But we don’t want those scenes to be gratuitous. We want them to move the story forward and show something else of the characters’ relationship, and I think we’ve done that.
Q. Have you become comfortable wearing a kilt on set?
A. They’re a wonderful piece of equipment and I really enjoy wearing them. It certainly helps to get into character. Part of Jamie is how he dresses. These men were warriors — they’re covered in weapons. And each kilt is worn in a different way by different characters. It’s a way to express yourself, as well.
ET!Canada Interview (+ Arabella OZ) & scene from the set of WTSE
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