‘Outlander’ star Caitriona Balfe on show’s ‘herstory’ focus, upcoming 2nd season
he epic time-travelling series “Outlander” will delve deeper into the bloody politics of 18th century Scotland but remains more “herstory” than “history,” suggests star Caitriona Balfe.
The Irish actress says the sprawling romance/fantasy/historical drama kicks off with her time-jumping Second World War nurse Claire arriving in Paris with her husband, 18th-century Scotsman Jamie, intent on infiltrating Parisian high society and stopping the Jacobite Uprising of 1745.
As with other details from the series, recounting this bit of real-world history is about more than just dramatizing important turning points, it’s about offering up a fresh look at the past, says Balfe.
She points to the colour-blind hip hop musical “Hamilton” – and its modern look back at the U.S. founding father – as another historical project challenging our understanding of the past.
“History is ‘his story’ and as you see with things like ‘Hamilton’ and all of these things, now people are going back and they’re like, ‘Well, it wasn’t all written by middle-aged white men, so let’s see what was going on in the rest of the place,’” Balfe says during a visit to Toronto on Friday.
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