SDCC 2014: Interviews with the Cast & Creators of Outlander

Continuing our Outlander coverage, we had the pleasure of chatting with the cast and creators about what the journey to making the show a reality has been like. The overarching sentiment was one of excitement – they are thrilled at how the show is being received and getting to meet the fans who’ve supported this series since 1991. We also talked about what it’s been like filming in Scotland and what makes this story such a compelling one to tell onscreen.

First up, we chatted with the visionaries who brought Jamie and Claire into being on the page and the silver screen, author Diana Gabaldon and creator Ron D Moore. Of the fan reaction, Gabaldon said: “They laughed in the right places, they gasped in the right places..” and “It’s a lot of fun to share it with them and feel their reactions.” When it came to the pressures of having that massive fanbase already in place, Moore mentioned that the “whole production felt the responsibility with what we’re trying to do.” Listen to what else they had to say below including why Claire is from the 1940’s:

 

Next was Tobias Menzies, the man who arguably plays one of the most hated characters of the Outlander books – Jonathan “Black Jack” Randall and his 1940’s descendant, Frank Randall, husband of Claire. Not to worry though – Menzies is nothing like Black Jack! He talked to us about the fact that in the first book, Frank’s not around all that much so it’s hard to understand why Claire loves him so much. The great thing about the show is that that we’ll get to see more of Frank than what’s in the books, which was great news among other things – take a listen:

 

There’s pretty much no argument when it comes to who everyone’s favorite Sassenach and dashing Scottish Highlander are: Claire Randall and Jamie Fraser, better known as Catriona Balfe and Sam Heughan. At their first Comic-Con, Catriona mentioned that there’s “a lot of coffee going on!” while Sam likened the geek extravaganza as “a bit of a marathon” and “it’s a bit of a whirlwind.” The two also talked about fans coming to watch filming in Scotland and how Claire and Jamie “push each other to be better people.” Listen to the rest of their interview below:

 

And last but certainly not least are Graham McTavish and Lotte Verbeek who play the scheming Dougal MacKenzie and Geillis Duncan. These two characters are a match made in purgatory as both walk a fine line between true villainy and passion for their beliefs and causes. Their portrayers, however, are the complete opposite and were a joy to chat with. Graham talked a bit about his own Scottish ancestry and both he & Lotte discussed the difficulties in speaking with the Scottish Gaelic dialect:

 

We are so excited to see this great book series finally come to life on the silver screen at the hands of one of the most brilliant showrunners of our time. The casting directors truly got it right when it came to hiring actors that would not only embody the characters physically but truly understand them and make us believe in ultimately what is Claire’s story. She’s the type of woman that’s needed more and more in media today; a fearless, strong yet gentle female lead that doesn’t make apologies for how she feels and is allowed to make mistakes.

The first episode is available for free on Starz.com right now but make sure to tune in for the US network premiere this Saturday, August 9th on STARZ.

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