Happy Birthday to Claire Fraser! If Claire were alive she would be 97 today, and as a gift to us the fans Caitriona Balfe took to Twitter to answer some questions. Sam Heughan (Jamie Fraser) not to be left out decided to join in the fun for a bit as well.
Q Claire (like you) is a witty lass – what has been your favourite line of Clarie’s so far?
C f@*k in Ep 14… Matt Roberts!!!
Q How long does it take to film the 13 eps of S2? Are you filming in blocks?
C about 9 months!!
Q What role from a past film would you want to play?
C Gena Rowland’s character in Opening Night! I dream of beingon the stage often. Hopefully it will happen soon.
Q Jamie and Claire meet a lot of famous people in the past, is there someone you would love to meet?
C Gena Rowland.
Q Would Claire ever refuse a drink?
C Define refuse…???
Q Did your agent get you the audition for Claire on Outlander or did youhear by word of mouth?
C My agent and manager.
Q Better kisser… Sam or Tobias?
C Can’t answer that but it did have me thinking of a Sam Tobias sandwich. Whoops.
Q What’s your favourite aspect of playing Claire?
C Being out in the Scottish wild with the wind in my hair being badass!!
Q When you work with a bunch of boys, any disgusting habits you try to break in them?
C Where to start???
Q Given the emotional content of DIA (Dragonfly in Amber), how do you prepare for the tough scenes?
C It depends on the scene but I do use music a lot.
Q Which cure would be the best for the extremely traumatic experience of your husband?
Q Hi Cait, have you got to sing again in S2?
C Maybe…someone must have been naughty. They like to torture you all.
Q Do you swear as much as she does?
Q Did you hear that we elected a new government in Canada last night?
C Yes. Very cool, go Canada.
Q Most emotional episode filmed so far?
C Ep. 7 in the new season.
Q Ever consider getting BEHIND the camera?
C Would love to. Absolute power. Waaahaaahaaaa
Q How is working with Sam Heughan? Do you get on well with him?
C Sam Heughan who??? Never heard of him.
Q If you could wake up tomorrow in the body of someone else, who would you pick and what would you do?
C Can I be a dolphin… in a non-polluted sea?
Q Which actor or actress would you love to work with?
C Gena Rowland!!!
Q What is your favorite costume so far?
C So many to choose from but probably the tartan dress in poster for second half of first season.
Q What was your fave location shoot this year?
C Loch Rannoch. Always my favorite but Prague is pretty damn good too!
Q What’s your favorite hobbit
Follow Up: OP meant hobby not hobbit
Q How many times has Sam injured you while filming Season 2 so far?
C Got a nice punch in the cheekbone on Friday. He usually feels sorry afterwards… usually.
Q What do you love about being an actor?
C Walking through studio and seeing the hive of activity everyday. Makes you feel like part of a very exciting circus!
Q Actor/Actress you liked when you were a kid?
C Peter Falk !! Colombo !!
Q Any funny off screen moments you can share?
C Mostly just Sam being clumsy!
Q What is your advice for aspiring actors?
C Work on your craft and get as much life experience as possible.
Q Do you have a favourite literary character? 🙂
C Heathcliff and Catherine
Q You think Eddie (Cait’s cat) could play Adso?
C Could, should and (once she’s slimmed down) I’ll be campaigning for her!
Q What did you learn from Claire?
C Be bold!!
Q What’s been your favorite scene to shoot so fra?
C Ship at end of season 1.
Q Do you think you could have been a combat nurse like Claire?
Q What do you do for fun?
C Travel and see music!
Q Your favorite spa treatment? Mani, pedi or facial?
C Ummm all three. One after another!
Q What is your favorite curse word?
Q Have you read the entire Outlander series?
C Just first two so far.
Q Any advice on how to handle failure?
C Realize that there is always a lesson to be learned from it then pick yourself up and start again!!
Q What is your greatest aspiration for the future as an artist?
C Just to keep working on projects that inspire me and hopefully others too!
Q What character of classic cinema would you like to play?
C Any Audrey Hepburn role.
Q Lady Macbeth or Viola?
C Lady Macbeth!
Q Do you think Claire and Jamie will get in trouble in this new season?
C Do you know Claire and Jamie???
Q Have you read Diana’s script?
C Yes!! It’s amazing.
Q Excited or nervous to have Diana on set?
C Very excited!!!
Q What’s your favorite museum?
C Either LACMA or MOMA
Q One thing that you love about living in Glasgow?
C The people!!
Q What kind of music do you prefer or like to listen to?
C Varies but I guess mostly alternative.
Q What would have happened if Claire found herself in Middle Earth after passing through the stones?
C She’d turn around and go back through the stones !!
Q Who swears most on set? You or Sam?
C Eh, that would probably be feckin me.
Q Do you ever read the script and think, “What the hell are you doing, Claire???”
C quickly followed by a Can’t you ever shut up!!! Ha.
Q Who inspires you?
C My amazing group of friends.
Q Have you tried to “borrow” any of Terry Dresbach’s beautifully designed works of art?
C She has been kind enough to give me one piece. And it’s a special one.
Q Most difficult scene to film?
C Scenes from Ep 7 in this new season.
Q What’s your favourite food?
C Sushi, and soup and fruit and Indonesian and Indian and Italian and Peruvian and…
Q What do you like doing with your down time?
C Sleep, eat, wash and Ooops time to go back to work.
Q 1 to 10 how much you love working with Sam?
Q What character in anything are you dying to play?
C I would love to do some Pinter on stage or some Shakespeare.
Q Do you have a favorite painter? Picasso? Monet? Van Gogh? Turner?
C Too many to choose.
Q One thing which you really love about your character?
C That I get to play her!!
Q In the bloopers f**k seems to be all your favourite words. Is it still the #1 thing said when messing up lines?
C Probably. It just slips out.
Q Can you say something in French for your French fans/
C Salut tout le monde!!!
Q If i was your last day on earth what would you do?
C Swim in the ocean and take in the last ever sunset.
Q Do you like history and/or has the series made you more interested in the history of the time period?
C Love history. Just don’t ask me to remember any dates.
Q What turns you on creatively?
C Getting to explore unknown territory. Feeling the buzz when everything is flowing right.
Q I’ll graduate this year as a nurse, any tips for in the future so I become just as good as Claire?
C Keep a cool head … !?!
Q Diana said that she told Sam and Ron the ending to the final book. Did you not want to know or was it not offered?
C I wouldn’t want to know until I’d read all the books.
Q What’s your favorite country to travel to?
Q Would love to see you and Sam co-host an episode of Saturday Night Live! Would you consider it?
C Hell yes!!!
Q What is your most treasured possession?
C The furry lump who is asleep on my knees currently.
Q Curly fries or french fries?
C Sweet potato fries. Curly or straight.
Q Favorite TV shows at the moment?
C Just watched Catastrophe with a very funny Tobias – loved it!
Q What’s your biggest fear?
C That I’ll have to reveal my biggest fear. 😉
Q Are you feminist? Big love from France.
C Mais bien sur
Q From private account
Q What is your most surprising skill/talent you gained since starting Outlander?
C Not sure about surprising but favorite is horse riding.
Q How do you focus before shooting a scene?
C I like to do a lot of prep before hand so on the day I can relax and play…
Q What is the quality you like most in Sam?
C Don’t tell him I said this but he’s very thoughtful!
Sam- Go ask Caitriona your most probing questions! It’s #ClaireFraserBirthday! Just don’t mention her bad taste in music.
A My bad taste????
Q Tell us why your taste in music is better than Sam’s.
C It’s more like I have better taste in everything.
Q What historical figure would you like to meet if you could?
C Joan of Arc.
Q Favorite book of ALL TIME?
C A Year of Magical Thinking or Wuthering Heights or An Invitation to a Beheading or Outlander!!!
Q Do yo have shoes for every outfit in S2 or does Terry reuse a lot of them for different outfits?
C Think I had about 5 pairs so we reused some.
Q What type of mother will Claire be? Overprotective of her children? And who would come first, Jamie or kids?
C I think she’ll be practical and loving but tough and kids would need her more so they come first.
Q When was the last time you were star struck?
C The first day Simon Callow was on set. Actually any day Simon Callow is on set
Q Will u ever answer me? C mon, even a simple”Ciao” for your Italian fans
C Ciao tutti
Q Can’t seem to find the Question that led to this moment but
Sam- Propaganda. Certainly wouldn’t believe a word. Not one. Nope. Nuh huh.
C But I never go home with my sword and prance around like I’m Laird off set do I ??? Not like others I know
Q What’s the best thing that happened to you because of Outlander?
C I get to do a job that I love everyday and one that comes with amazing fans!!
Q Have you been asked where you would be in 5 years? And are you happy with where you are now?
C Happy with the here and now.
Q How do you think you and Sam will look as the age progression takes place through the series?
— Caitriona Balfe (@caitrionambalfe) October 20, 2015