Sexy and dashing are just two of many compliments we could pay Outlander star Sam Heughan, yet it seems gay fans are too busy ogling him on screen to put pen to paper or finger to social media. Sam plays the oftentimes kilt-wearing, sometimes all-but-full-frontally-naked Jamie Fraser in the raunchy TV show – and he’s not just easy on the eye, but he’s also a terrific actor...
he should be deluged with gay fan mail. “But where is it?” the Scotsman asks with mock indignation. “Where is my gay fan mail? Maybe someone goes through my mail and maybe they’re taking it out.”
and a cheeky grin and adds: “I’d like to see a bit of saucy fan mail. That’d be great. I need gay fanbase, this humblest of hunks reckons a great character and he works out and rides a horse. There are also a lot of attractive actors on the show and great sets and great storylines. Who wouldn’t enjoy that?”
a matter of time before the 35-year-old is deluged with the gay fan mail he covets so. question: What’s under the kilt?
Sam smiles again – something he does a lot. “I’ll leave it to your readers’ imaginations,” he says, “and you’ll have to watch the whole of in a show that doesn’t balk at various stages of nudity both male and female, there’s a big reveal coming? Here’s that smile again and a teasing, “There might be!”
Season two of the time-travelling adventure show sees our hero buttoned tale of a Second World War nurse named back in time to 1743 Scotland. She meets thanks to the machinations of sadistic
to Paris with a mission to subvert the enjoy all that restrictive clothing,” the actor admits, looking rather more relaxed in jeans and a casual shirt as he lolls on a sofa in the Soho Hotel. “There’s a relief when those layers.” So yes, we’ll be seeing those long, muscled legs later in the season as greeting an old friend.”
naturally, heavily traumatised by the brutal not about titillation, but rather a terrifying assertion of power — Randall loathes Jamie and covets Claire — took ten days to film. "It's some of the hardest stuff I've ever done," Sam admits, "but it wasn't just about the act of rape, it was more about this battle of two wills and the arc of Black Jack Randall breaking Jamie down. He really messes with him and it was a horrific experience, with long days, but as an actor you want to be challenged." The rape is in Diana Gabaldon's bestseller on which the first season was based — there are eight novels in total — and there was no question of recreating it on screen. Asked why, Jamie explains: "We learn so much about these two characters and it's important to show Jamie as a survivor." And it's not, the actor continues, about sexuality. "Tobias has said Randall isn't gay and I believe Diana has said that too. It's out of Randall's want to mess with Jamie's mind. It's all part of him branding and destroying Jamie." And what about Jamie's sexuality? Sam considers the question carefully and says: "There's a moment where he enjoys it, but that's about the cleverness of what Randall has done to him. He's in such a place of pain when Randall brings him some relief, and that's classic torture technique." Sex, nudity and indeed rape are all also featured on Game of Thrones — a show which gets more awards love than Outlander, even though they both push the boundaries with equal aplomb. There are no sour grapes from Sam, though, who's a big GOT fan and pitches: "It'd be a great crossover if me and Jon Snow could show up somewhere together." He's promising a lighter tone as season two unfolds. The image of Sam in his fine French clobber brings to mind that French and Saunders "Don't say yes" Dangerous Liaisons spoof, which gets the actor laughing. "We should've done a little skit and I definitely should've been put in one of those corsets. That would've been amusing. We missed a trick there." We'd certainly pay good money to see Sam romping with Simon Callow, who plays the Duke of Sandringham on the show and becomes more central to the plot this year. Sam talks fondly of his esteemed co-star: "He's one of my idols. He's very funny and very good at telling these great anecdotes, in that wonderful voice of his. But as soon as they say 'action', he goes straight into it and you're left standing. He's an absolute pro and he's there writing several books, rehearsing his one-man show, with classical music blaring from his trailer." And what's Sam doing between takes? He laughs. "Eating, drinking coffee, playing dance music — anything but being creative."
Outlander season two is available now for unlimited streaming and download exclusively on Amazon Prime Video, with new episodes airing weekly