‘Outlander’: Caitriona Balfe Dives Deep Into Claire’s Emotional Journey
Back in the fall of 2013, an exhaustive casting search finally ended when Balfe was offered the role of Claire Beauchamp Randall, an English ex-combat nurse of WWII. That was a full two months after Sam Heughan already landed the co-lead role of Highlander hunk Jamie Fraser. While fans of author Diana Gabaldon’s book series instantly became enamored with the live-action version of Claire, making Balfe a household name, the actress had no idea just how much her life was going to change until much later.
“Sam and I, we didn’t notice really anything for a while because we were in Scotland working and pretty much sequestered away in our own little bubble for the better part of a year,” Balfe tellsThe Hollywood Reporter. “The first time we did a fan event, we had only filmed perhaps four episodes at that point but nobody had seen anything. 2,000 people showed up. Sam and I were looking at each other then like, ‘Whoa, this is really big.’ We just had no idea.”
Three years later, with two seasons of Outlander wrapped, Balfe has only just started to get used to her newfound fame.
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