*NEW* Photo and Interview of Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe with LA Times   3 comments


From LA Times

Outlander” returned to Starz on Saturday night after a seven-month drought with a midseason premiere engineered to get viewers talking. “The Reckoning” included what is easily the most controversial scene from Diana Gabaldon’s books: After highland warrior Jamie rescues his wife Claire from the clutches of the evil Black Jack Randall, he punishes her for wandering astray with a vicious spanking — or “tawsing,” as it’s called in the book.

“Outlander” leads Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan were also on hand to discuss the infamous “tawsing” scene — as well as Jamie and Claire’s unusually impassioned, do-not-try-this-at-home makeup sex.

Read the interview after the jump

You had your premiere Wednesday night. How did this scene play in the room?

Balfe: I think our makeup scene has eclipsed it in perhaps what people are talking about. They seem to be fine with it and we thought it was going to be quite a water-cooler moment but so far it seems like people are like “OK,” which is quite strange. I think when you see, you really understand that you have to view it in the mind of 1743 and that in that time it was an acceptable thing. For Claire, it is so unimaginable and so horrible that it’s also, what I love about how the writers dealt with it, they allowed her a long time to forgive him and for them to make up afterwards. Handled in a different way — the next day they make up — that wouldn’t have done it justice at all. But I think once they realized that even if they can’t always accept the other person’s actions, if they can understand where the other person is coming from, they can build a bridge towards forgiveness.

Heughan: The fact that we see it from Jamie’s point of view, we’re beginning to understand the world she’s inhabiting. Where he’s coming from, the reason he has to do it, the duty, the responsibility that he’s got, whether he wholly believes it’s the right thing to do he knows he has to do it to protect her, to protect themselves. It’s certainly a theme that’s carried through for the rest of the season, his duty, his responsibility, trying to find some common ground. Ultimately that whole thing makes their relationship stronger, he learns something about their relationship, says ‘You know we can do things in a different way.’ She also learns about the period and what’s expected of her. So it makes them stronger.

Balfe: I think it was a really smart choice to switch the narration to Jamie. It really humanizes what he did. I think if we’d only had Claire’s opinion of it it would have framed it in a different way. We wouldn’t have understood it from his point of view. It’s a hard thing to talk about because it can sometimes seem like we’re justifying it. It’s not to justify the action, it’s just to understand where it comes from.

Balfe: I think the fight that’s before [the spanking scene], that’s what that’s about. She knows that she was about to leave him. At this point she’s so confused. Yes, she’s deeply in love with Jamie but it’s not like she’s completely forgotten about her former life. It’s a real emotional and psychic wound she has to move past.

How difficult was it to film the spanking scene? You have to do a lot of intimate scenes on this show, but this is different.

Balfe: It was really tough. We found it difficult. We’d rehearsed it and blocked it out but when you’re filming it, in the beginning when she’s throwing things at him, we were laughing a little bit. But there was a shift in the energy in the room. I remember leaving that night and feeling unnerved or unsettled by the whole thing. It’s one of those things that sat with us for a bit. It’s hard to see how someone that you love could do this to you. You put yourself in that position as an actor, in Claire’s position, it doesn’t feel right because it isn’t. But then I think that feeds their relationship going forward and it informs so much later on.

Heughan: He’s simple, in a way. Whether or not he wants to do it, he has to do it. They have that whole back and forth. When he puts his mind to something, that’s it, he does it, he’s true to his word. That’s the period, a man does what he says he’s going to do. There’s no second guessing or talking about it. It’s interesting for him to learn maybe it’s not the right way, maybe I’ve been taught wrong. It feels very modern.

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3 responses to “*NEW* Photo and Interview of Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe with LA Times

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  1. Reblogged this on Ana Fraser Lallybroch Blog.

  2. this is an incredible picture. it feels very very real. good interview also of course.

  3. I enjoy seeing the book come to life on screen. Sam and Caitriona are such compelling actors it’s hard to tear my eyes away from the tv. So much emotion in episode 9, loved it!!!

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