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As­so­ciate edi­tor Sarah chat­ted up Out­lander’s Sam Heughan for “Hot 50” In­sert heart-eyes emoji.

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In real life, Sam Heughan is noth­ing like Jamie, the kilt-wear­ing, sword-swing­ing char­ac­ter he plays on our favourite time

trav­el­ling-bodice-rip­per-with-a-brain, Out­lander. For starters, the 35-year-old Scot is a gen­tle-man­nered blond who had to have his hair dyed seven times to get it the ex­act right shade of gin­ger (likened to a “deer’s pelt” in the nov­els on which the hit show is based) for Jamie’s sig­na­ture locks. “When I saw my­self as a red­head for the first time, it was a spe­cial mo­ment,” says Heughan. “It’s part of find­ing the char­ac­ter, when you see your­self and go ‘Oh, that’s what he looks like!’” And while Jamie is a swash­buck­ling hero for the ages, Heughan has had less luck with grand ro­man­tic ges­tures: “One Valen­tine’s Day when I was a teenager, I waited out­side the door of some­one I was pur­su­ing with flow­ers and wine, and they didn’t turn up. I got a phone call the next day say­ing I should leave that per­son alone and not stalk them.” What char­ac­ter­is­tics do Heughan and Jamie share? “What is inspiring on the show is that men are try­ing to be truer to their word than they are now,” says Heughan. “I cer­tainly be­lieve that if a man gives

his word, that’s it—that’s hon­our.”

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