“They’ve been really big supporters of our show from day one and that feels great because obviously they have a wide reach,” says Caitriona Balfe about getting a second straight Golden Globe nomination from the Hollywood Foreign Press. In our exclusive interview on Saturday’s BAFTA tea party red carpet a day before the Globes, the “Outlander” actress adds, “As a new show, you never know if you’re going to find a home and going to find some support, so it’s really nice that they’ve been there from the beginning.”
Balfe is nominated as Best TV Drama Actress against Claire Foy (“The Crown”), Keri Russell (“The Americans”), Winona Ryder (“Stranger Things”), and Evan Rachel Wood (“Westworld”). In fact, she is the only returning nominee from last year in this category, which was won by Taraji P. Henson (“Empire”).
In “Outlander,” Balfe plays Claire Randall, a married nurse in 1945 who finds herself mysteriously transported back in time to the rugged highlands of 1743 Scotland where she falls in love with rough diamond Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan). The fantasy/romance series on Starz is based on the celebrated series of fantasy books by Diana Gabaldon and brought to the small screen by Emmy-nominated writer/producer Ronald D. Moore (“Battlestar Galactica”).
We also recently hosted a more extensive interview with Balfe (watch here), in which she says, “To play a great love story is amazing in so many ways. As much as it is a fantasy, what we’re always trying to do is make it feel as real as possible and as human as possible. There’s a place in the TV landscape for something like this, and I am proud that we are putting it out there and people have seemed to have connected to it. I love that part of our show and I think it is important that we embrace it.”
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