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NEW Interview with Caitriona Balfe and Tobias Menzies from The Hollywood Reporter   2 comments

Here is a NEW Interview with Caitriona Balfe and Tobias Menzies from The Hollywood Reporter

From THR:

When it comes to love, Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Caitriona Balfe) have given up on finding it again on Outlander. Now that they are separated by space (Jamie in hiding home at Lallybroch, Claire in Boston) and time (more than 200 years!), the former couple has resigned all hope that they will ever see one another again.

More after the jump!

Sunday’s episode of the Starz time-travel romance drama picked up six years after Jamie said goodbye to Claire at Culloden, and while he still longed for her, he became a much different man. Still a fugitive from the war, he was forced to live in a cave. But he soon began to see the strain that put on his sister Jenny (Laura Donnelly) — particularly after she gave birth to another baby boy —  and the consequences others were paying for keeping him in hiding — like Fergus (Romann Berrux) getting his hand chopped off by soldiers while delivering provisions to the cave. So he decided to turn himself in, despite Jenny’s pleading to reconsider.

But in true James Fraser fashion, he did so selflessly: he forced his sister to “betray” him and tip off the British soldiers with information on when he would come back to Lallybroch. He was immediately arrested (as planned), and after putting on quite a show of looking hurt at his sister’s “betrayal,” she was rewarded with much-needed money to keep her growing family fed.

As for Claire, she tried to give marriage to Frank (Tobias Menzies) the old college try. She started sleeping with him again, but he could tell that she was imagining that she was with Jamie the whole time. The episode ended on a bait-and-switch: Frank and Claire were getting into bed, cheerfully and comfortably wishing the other a good night … but then the camera panned back to reveal they now sleep in separate twin beds. They may still be married and raising their daughter together, but their romantic relationship is officially over.

That allows Claire to focus on being a part of something bigger — namely going to medical school. There, she meets a new friend, Joe Abernathy (Wil Johnson), and they quickly bond over their shared outcast status, as he is African-American and she is a woman in a white and male-dominated field.

The Hollywood Reporter sat down with Outlander stars Balfe and Menzies, along with showrunner Ron Moore, to break down Claire and Frank’s dissolving marriage, Claire’s new purpose in becoming a doctor and more.

Now that Claire and Frank are sleeping in separate beds, how does Frank truly feel about their marriage at this point? Does he hold out hope that they can still fix things?

Menzies: Essentially they’ve settled into something quite companionable. There’s a lot of affection and they work well as a team. They’re doing a great job raising Brianna. But no, a lot of that has burned away and he’s seeing other people. And you’ll see that explored further on the show. It’s a strange compromised marriage, quite modern in a way, but Frank is a realist. He isn’t delusional. He’d rather that, have Claire in his life and have Brianna. There’s a lot to be grateful for, but he’s not with a woman who loves him. Ultimately, when he does meet someone who can give him that, he goes for it.

Read the rest of the interview here

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2 responses to “NEW Interview with Caitriona Balfe and Tobias Menzies from The Hollywood Reporter

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  1. Loved the intelligence and creativity in this interview. Tobias certainly knows his roles – has everything down pat . I love his sense of humour and intelligence. Always a pleasure to watch.

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  2. I agree. Love them both. Their answers to questions during an interview are smart and precise. Not to mention that both are outstanding actors.

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    Danielle Levasseur

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