Outlander’s Caitriona Balfe on Becoming Thoroughly Modern for Money Monster
“You’re going to get the brunette roles,” an acting teacher once told Caitriona Balfe, back when the 36-year-old was making a transition from a modeling career to acting. She wasn’t sure what it meant at the time, but her career may explain it; after breaking out as the strong-willed Claire Fraser on Starz’s hit Outlander, Balfe appears in her first major film role in this week’s Money Monster, playing yet another woman challenging the world around her—who, yes, is a brunette.
Playing Diane Lester, the spokeswoman for the financial firm experiencing a shady-seeming meltdown, Balfe makes a major transition from Outlander in Money Monster. Away from Claire’s voluminous dresses and wild curls, even using her natural Irish accent, she cuts a thoroughly modern figure—“I think my body is just like, can we take a break with the corsets, please?” she says with a laugh. She spends much of the film apart from the main cast (George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Jack O’Connell), being interviewed for the titular TV show hosted by Clooney’s character, Lee Gates. But when her company begins its meltdown, it’s up to Diane not just to investigate what happened, but explain to the audience the incredibly complex—and very real—financial arrangements that really do make up the global economy that runs our lives.
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