When Outlander premiered in 2014 on Starz, the historical drama immediately captured the hearts of both fans of Diana Gabaldon’s original book series as well as plenty of newcomers who couldn’t help but fall in love with the fantasy romance. Part of the rabid obsession with the series is owed to its two fantastic leads, Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan, whose onscreen romance as Claire and Jamie is one of TV’s most electric. Since we’re currently in the midst of one hell of a Droughtlanderuntil season three returns, we decided to go right to the source and hopped on the phone with Heughan to pump him for details. Although he didn’t give up all the goods (he’s a true Scottish gentleman, after all), he teased everything from the big surprises fans should expect to see in the new episodes to what it’s like to age two decades between seasons.
POPSUGAR: I have to say, I really love the interactions you have with Outlander fans on social media. It seems like there are few fandoms that are as strong and supportive as Outlander’s, and the cast seems to have a great relationship with them.
Sam Heughan: I think we have possibly the best fans — actually, I know we have the best fans that there are. They’re so supportive of what we do, and they’re extremely passionate and enthusiastic. They’re very discerning as well. They don’t take any crap. We started out making the show ultimately for the fans, but we’ve gathered new fans as well as fans of the books. We just love to interact with them. Sometimes we don’t get the chance to, or have enough time to, but it’s been great meeting some of them. It’s been amazing. After almost three years, you can really feel the relationship with them.
PS: I bet. Have you had any particularly memorable moments with any of them?
SH: Yeah! Last year I was the grand marshal of the Tartan Day parade in New York City, and for me that was a great experience. To be in New York, and lead this march down Sixth Avenue . . . we had a lot of fans there, and not only Outlander fans, but also My Peak Challenge fans, my charity lifestyle program. It was just great to have everyone there celebrating Scotland, and celebrating their Scottish heritage. It was a really special thing.
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