Outlander 205 - Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe) in a public park ©2016 Sony Pictures Television

Outlander star Caitriona Balfe talks about the changes there have been this season, the Paris fashions, being in the public eye and what she admires about her character Claire.

Outlander 205 – Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe) and Alex Randall (Laurence Dobiesz) in a public park ©2016 Sony Pictures Television

How has Claire changed this season?

Last season was a very reactionary season. There were events that happened one after another, and she was in survival mode, so she was just really reacting from one thing to the next.

The difference with this season is that there’s been time to be in one place and contemplate, things are sitting with her a lot more. She has time to consider her place and how she feels, and it’s been a really amazing discovery in that way, and I feel that in a lot of respects I’ve gotten to know her a lot more.

Do you prefer the fashions of Paris or Scotland?

I don’t know if we’d called the Scottish clothes necessarily fashions. They’re very practical clothes. It was a palette that was very muted and fabrics that were very practical and sort of earthy.

Once we went to Paris, I think Terry (Dresbach, the series Costume Designer) was given this incredible freedom to make the most incredible beautiful pieces, so we have very rich fabrics, gorgeous colors, and it just looks amazing. It’s so sumptuous.

Outlander Season 207 “Faith” – Fergus (Romann Berrux) is attended to by Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe) in her Paris Apartment ©2016 Sony Pictures Television

This show has launched you into the public eye. How have you navigated that success, and what’s the double-edged sword of being known?

I’m not sure really what the navigation is. We have this amazing opportunity to work on a show that we love, and that’s been the greatest gift.

Obviously you do have more recognition, and I think that the great positive things of that are Sam and I both now have a voice where we can do positive things with that. We both have charities that we support, and I think we both love that side of things.

I can only speak for myself. I haven’t really had a negative side to that yet, and I hope I won’t. I think if you’re the type of person who lives your life kind of privately, you can still more or less do that. Obviously when we’re at the clubs at 4 a.m. falling out, that changes things. So far it’s all been positive.

Outlander 205 – Black Jack Randall (Tobias Menzies) and Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe) in the Versailles Gardens ©2016 Sony Pictures Television

What do you hope for Claire in her future?

Hopefully, we’ve such a long journey to go with these characters. I’m really looking forward to playing the next phases. People who know the books know that Brianna comes in, and how that is to be a mother.

What do you admire about her and if you could ask her anything, what would it be?

I really admire Claire’s resilience and her intelligence, and I would love to just ask her about what her thoughts are being in all these different places and times, how she sees humanity and having that conversation with her and about her drive for her career and all those things.

It would be a very interesting dinner, I think. It would be a very drunk dinner, possibly.

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Outlander, Season 2 – Frank Randall (Tobias Menzies) in Rev Wakefield’s House ©2015 Sony Pictures Television
In Outlander Season Two, Claire time travels back to 1945 and reunites with her husband, Frank. Caitriona was asked how Claire’s relationship with Frank has been affected by meeting his vile ancestor, Captain Jonathan ‘Black Jack’ Randall, in 1743? Click here to listen to her response

Judy Sloane

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