Caitriona Balfe has a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter. This interview does not focus completely on Outlander, but on Caitriona’s rise to success after being cast in the show. Below are excerpts in which Caitriona describes her early days on the set of Outlander. Head over to The Hollywood Reporter to read the entire interview/article.
While Balfe was relatively green as an actress when she began filming Outlander, she wouldn’t change a thing in how she played the first few episodes of the series.
“I think the only thing I would tell my past self is get more sleep,” she says with a laugh. “In some ways, I think my naivete and my lack of prior knowledge of TV-making probably helped me in many ways. The adrenaline that you have doing your first big series is amazing. The well that you have to draw from because of that, it’s incredible to look back at the hours that you put in and the fact that you survived it alone, having that stamina, I’m still shocked we pulled it off. It’s been a wild and crazy ride but I wouldn’t change a second of it.”
And Balfe actually has that same healthy attitude about all her scenes from the entire series.
“I had a great help from production in that because when we first met Claire, we filmed all the 1940s stuff first. There was a real innocence to Claire in that time before she went through this catastrophic event and went back through time,” she says. “Claire finding her way in this new world and adapting to her new surroundings and circumstances while I was doing the same, it was fortuitous that it all worked out that way.
She continues, “But it was such a learning curve, and I still feel like I’m at the very beginning of my career, at least I hope so, and I think I have a lot to learn still. This is my first big TV show and before that I had small parts in this film or that film, nothing really consistent for me to sink my teeth into. This was the perfect show for me. It feels like home now. I know this woman and I know this world.”