PLAYING CLAIRE A REAL JOY
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.