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May 12, 2016   Leave a Comment News

THE Scots actor, who plays Jamie Fraser in the Starz time travel series, took a few minutes to answer some fan questions that were submitted via Twitter.

OUTLANDER star Sam Heughan has revealed all after taking part in a Q&A with fans.

Taking part in Variety’s Actors on Actors series, the Scots actor, who plays Jamie Fraser in the Starz time travel series, spent a few minutes answering some fan questions submitted via Twitter.

One fan asked whether it would be quicker to travel back in time through the standing stones, just like Claire Randall did in Diana Gabaldon’s story, or in Back to the Future’s DeLorean.

Sam debated the issue, with the car needing to speed up to 88mph to travel while the Scottish standing stones are fixed in position and decided it was “a mixed bag”.

He was also asked whether he would have made different decisions on the Battle of Culloden and Bonnie Prince Charlie if he were in Jamie’s shoes and whether being able to refer to Diana’s books, as well as the script, has an impact on what viewers see on screen. [Source]

May 12, 2016   Leave a Comment Interviews

In every sense, Sam Heughan is the stuff of fantasy. No fan base in the world rides harder for the pinup of their choice than the Heughligans—who in turn have cast him as the star of their fantasies, in large part, as a result of his role in Starz’s steamy time-travel soap Outlander, which returned for its second season in April (the #droutlander is over!!).

On the show, the 36-year-old Heughan plays the dreamy but star-crossed lover Jamie, a Highlander in 18th-century Scotland. In real life, Heughan grew up in the shadows of a 17th-century castle in Southwest Scotland, and his career has been no less fabulous. While still attending classes at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in 2003, he was nominated for an Olivier Award. Ten years and several TV roles later, he landed Outlander and the part that launched a zillion ‘shippers.

And still, the fantasia does not end there for Heughan, as we discovered when we spoke to him last year. Turns out, there was a little (very little; hobbit-sized, in fact) something of the mystical traveler in him from the get-go.

“Are you really named after Samwise Gamgee?” we asked.

“Well, yes,” he said. “On my birth certificate, it’s just Sam, but my brother does have a name from The Lord of the Rings. It’s Cirdan—he was the shipwright at the end of Lord of the Rings that takes them across to wherever it is they all go when the elves leave the earth. My family were pretty big hippies.”

“Did you identify with Samwise when you read the books as a child?”

“It always was like, ‘I don’t want to be that one!’ because he’s so nice and honorable and good. And I wanted to be Bilbo; I wanted to be more dangerous, less dependable. It’s funny, though—as a child, you’re already thinking, ‘Who do I want to be and how do I see myself portrayed?’ ”

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May 01, 2016   Leave a Comment Charity, News

All for a noble cause! Actor Sam Heughan’s TARTAN scarf has fetched over £10,000 recently. The money will be donated for the charitable purpose. It is an initiative taken by a charity organization called Cahonas Scotland.

Sam Heughan may be popular for his association with “Outlander,” but when his scarf fetched a handsome amount, it left even the charity stunned. The final bidding amount on eBay was £10,801, just 10 days after it was listed on the site.

According to Scotland Now, the starting price of the scarf was only 99 p, but his fans were full of enthusiasm and their bidding frenzy saw the price climb up at more than £5,000 just within two hours. The bidder who came up with the winning bid chose to be anonymous.

Along with Heughan’s scarf, the mysterious winner will also be given a DVD of “Outlander” and a signed cutout of “pocket Jamie.” Herald Scotland noted that Heughan, who is originally from Scotland, had wore the scarf when he participated in the Tartan Day Parade in New York.

The auctioning of the actor’s scarf was part of an initiative called “Loosen Up” Auction by Cahonas Scotland. The initiative encouraged the celebrities to donate their signed accessories and clothing so that money could be raised for charity.

Among the other celebrity items listed for auction included a tie belonging to Rod Stewart and signed by Stewart himself; Lorraine Kelly’s Dundee United scarf and a signed silk tie of actor Alan Cumming.

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Apr 24, 2016   Leave a Comment Interviews

Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Caitriona Balfe) are very much ensconced in their new life in Paris when the third episode of Outlander airs Saturday night on STARZ. But their relationship has yet to recover from the horrible beating and rape that Jamie endured at the hands of Black Jack Randall (Tobias Menzies) because Jamie is not quite ready to be touched.

“It was the toughest stuff I’ve probably ever had to film,” Heughan told Parade.com in a one-on-one interview. “It was a great challenge and something I really relished in a dark way. I think all three of us, we love anything where we get to really go to some interesting places or push ourselves as actors, so I was ready for that challenge. I think, Jamie, in the start of the season, he doesn’t do an awful lot. He’s kind of on the periphery, on the fringes, and slowly through Season 1, he reveals more about his character, and to go there at the end of Season 1 was really important, because it then feeds into everything in Season 2, into who he is as a man.”

In the third episode, Jamie’s days and nights are spent ingratiating himself with Prince Charles Stuart (Andrew Gower), while Claire finds solace from their estrangement in her healing skills. The one thing that seems to be going right is their plan to stop the battle at Culloden, in which they are aided by a young pickpocket.

Heughan also spoke to Parade.com about making the transition from Scotland to Paris, working with Outlander creator Diana Gabaldon, his My Peak Challenge charity event and more.

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Apr 24, 2016   Leave a Comment Interviews, Multimedia, News

Claire Randall Fraser is no shrinking violet. The Outlander heroine is known for her bold spirit and overwhelming intelligence. She’s used to making herself useful — which is precisely why she’s having trouble adapting to life as an aristocrat’s wife in 1740s Paris. Squabbles with the help aside, Claire wants to get out there and work. Tonight, she’s going to try to make it happen.

Complicating matters further? Claire is pregnant.

Outlander might be a sweeping time travel romance series, but it also uses its outrageous stories to delve into modern debates. Even today, pregnant women and new mothers have to juggle their new roles with their old selves. We asked Outlander stars Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan what they thought of the show’s take on this topic.

“Claire is expected to play a certain role just because of the society they’re in. She’s expected to be this ornamental wife and spend her time gossiping in salons,” said Heughan. “But it does become a bone of contention because as we know Claire is not one to sit idly by. She’s a woman of action.”

Balfe added, “The thing about Claire is she doesn’t see gender in a way. She sees what’s right and what’s wrong. She will do what she wants.“ [Source]

Apr 15, 2016   Leave a Comment Alerts, Charity, News

Stewartry actor Sam Heughan this week launched Tartan Tuesday to raise money for the Bloodwise cancer charity.

The Outlander star is urging people to wear tartan attire every Tuesday for a month.

Sam, who plays Jamie Fraser in the hit US television show , launched the project by wearing a bright red tartan scarf.

And he is encouraging people to use #TartanTuesday, @bloodwise_uk and @AmazonVideoUK when tweeting pictures of themselves supporting the initiative.

The New Galloway-born actor said : “It’s really important to raise awareness as blood cancer is the fifth most common cancer and affects people of all ages.

“I hope people enjoy a month of Tartan Tuesday, have fun with it, and that we raise as much money and awareness as possible. I look forward to seeing everyone’s pictures on Twitter!”

Sam has supported Bloodwise for several years and recently promoted a fundraising-fitness initiative, My Peak Challenge , which has boosted contributions to the charity by nearly £200,000 since its inception in 2015.

The charity’s chief executive Cathy Gilman said: “Sam’s dedication to Bloodwise over the years has been absolutely fantastic and we are proud that he has once again chosen to support our charity by fronting #TartanTuesday.”

To donate £3 to Bloodwise, simply text TTBW54 £3 to 70070 or visit JustGiving at: www.justgiving.com/Tartan-Tuesday .

Funds raised will be invested in clinical trials and research into new treatments for blood cancers such as leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma. Tartan Tuesday runs until until May 10. [Source]

Apr 15, 2016   Leave a Comment News

Outlander actor Sam Heughan should be extremely familiar with the kilt at this point. The actor has had to wear that particular piece of clothing while filming two seasons of the hit Starz drama, so he knows the ins and outs of the unique garment. In a recent interview, he explained exactly what he doesn’t like about wearing the breezy bottom. You can check out his detailed thoughts, below.

When you sit down on the wet grass and you forget to do the little flick — it’s your bare ass on the ground! Oh, it’s horrible.

This is a pretty graphic conversation, because it causes me to think about Sam Heughan’s derriere, and also because it appears the man may not bother to wear underwear underneath his kilt. That’s a pretty brazen attitude, considering a strong breeze could totally whip that tartan around, even if it is thick material. Maybe he’s simply talking about feeling the ground through thin underwear, but somehow we doubt it.

So, there’s one not-so-great thing about wearing a kilt. However, that is apparently made up for by all of the kilt’s positives, or so Sam Heughan tells People.

Honestly, there’s so many great benefits of wearing a kilt: It’s very free, it’s got its own aeration and they’re very comfortable. But the best part, for me, honestly, is the swing. You know, the pleats you get in the kilt.

Jamie’s kept with the kilt for much of Outlander and the trailer for the series seems to indicate he’ll still wear his tartan during Season 2. That doesn’t mean the character is totally opposed to trousers however, as sometimes we’ve seen Jamie ditch the plaid for more common forms of clothing. Plus, since Paris fashion is going to be at the forefront of the series this time around, it would make sense if we saw him in silk and garb that is outlandish in a different way while spending time working with Bonnie Prince Charlie and the revolution.

In addition, now that we know Sam Heughan’s personal feelings about the kilt, I would like to point out that the kilt has a lot more pros than the stuff other series lead Caitriona Balfe has to and will have to wear on a regular basis, especially this season. For instance, that corset she had on when returning to 1948 in Episode 1 didn’t look particularly appealing. Nor did this monstrosity of an outfit. (Her fake pregnancy belly also came to mind.) [Source]