Last year Starz broke into the Golden Globes race with a win for Jacqueline Bisset (“Dancing on the Edge“) and nominations for “The White Queen.” Next, will the network land top bids for new drama “Outlander” and its compelling Irish star Caitriona Balfe?
Balfe is currently tied for seventh place with last year’s nominee Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black“) for the Best TV Drama Actress Globe, but her odds are probaby much better. (See Gold Derby’s official Golden Globe rankings and racetrack odds.) In fact, she seems to be the perfect made-for-Globes star. Watch our new chat below with Balfe as she discusses the massive popularity of her new program.
“Outlander” is one of Starz’s all-time biggest hits, but more important is the fact that it’s an international sensation. That’s key because the people voting for the Golden Globes are members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association who love to trumpet new hot stars for their media outlets across the world.
Balfe receives unanimous praise for her role as Claire Randall, a medical practitioner and time-traveler who lives both in the 20th and 18th centuries. The Hollywood Reporter writes, “Balfe is reason enough to watch; she’s a confident actress who brings various shades to her character.”
And Variety‘s Brian Lowry says, “‘Outlander’ is undoubtedly Claire’s story, with the luminous Balfe anchoring practically every scene, her steely gaze and quick wit positioning her as an ideal entry point to the foreign and barbaric land she finds herself trapped in.”
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