PLAY­ING CLAIRE A REAL JOY

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - TV -

In Out­lander, Caitri­ona Balfe plays Claire Randall, a WWII com­bat nurse who mys­te­ri­ously finds her­self trans­ported through time to 1743.

Not only is she wrenched from home and her hus­band but she also finds her­self placed in a time when women had no say – a state of af­fairs that doesn’t sit well with the out­spo­ken Claire.

Based on the se­ries of books by Diana Ga­bal­don, the show has amassed a cult fol­low­ing. So it’s no sur­prise to hear that a sec­ond sea­son was com­mis­sioned well be­fore the first, which picks up this Sun­day af­ter a six-month break wraps up.

“The re­cep­tion is amaz­ing,” Balfe says of the news.

“I don’t think any of us ex­pected it to be­come so in­stan­ta­neous. We start film­ing sea­son two next month.”

Balfe says play­ing Claire is a joy she doesn’t take for granted.

“Peo­ple re­ally love Claire,” she says.

“I think a lot of peo­ple want to be her. Peo­ple want to know what it’s like to play her. I get asked that a lot.”

Iron­i­cally, Balfe says her ten years work­ing as a high fash­ion model pre­pared her for a role which sees her stranded in the midst of a civil war be­ing or­dered around by burly rebel sol­diers.

“I have a lit­tle ex­pe­ri­ence of not hav­ing a voice,” she laughs. “I had so many ex­pe­ri­ences where I was trav­el­ling and feel­ing very dis­placed and hav­ing to very quickly sur­vive and that has played into my abil­ity to play Claire.

“I was very happy to be mod­el­ling but there was a lot of that time I felt I didn’t have a voice and was treated like a girl, not as a woman. It can feel very frus­trat­ing so I def­i­nitely recog­nise that feel­ing.”

Ex-model Caitri­ona Balfe.

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