“This is a very different side of Claire this season,” reveals Caitriona Balfe in our exclusive webcam interview (watch the video above) about the upcoming fourth season of Starz’s smash hit romance drama “Outlander.” “It was quite an adjustment for me,” the actress admits. “The beauty of being on a long-running show is that you get to be surprised by your character still, and this is a much more settled version of Claire. We see a much more nurturing side of her. Before, it was a lot of the drama of discovering love, or being a professional or the surgeon and that being the focus. But this, it is much more about home, and creating that and the value of having that.”
In “Outlander” Balfe plays Claire Randall, a married nurse in 1945. After being mysteriously transported back in time to the rugged highlands of 1743 Scotland, she falls in love with rough diamond Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) and they embark on a journey that will take them back and forth between centuries and continents. The show’s third season, which aired earlier this year, saw Claire travel back to her life in 1948, pregnant with the daughter she conceived with Jamie, who she has left behind in 18th century Scotland. After 20 years raising her daughter Brianna (Sophie Skelton), Claire finds a way to travel back in time and reunites with her true love Jamie. They then embark on a perilous journey to the new world, where they encounter old enemies and new challenges.
Balfe is currently shooting the show’s fourth season in Scotland and is about three weeks away from finishing up the season. Although reluctant to give too much away, Balfe does confirm that the show once again reinvents itself, as they embark on a new journey in America.
“It’s been a really great season, it’s very different, and that’s the one great thing about this show is that every season is so different,” Balfe reveals. “It has a really different feel to it, it’s looking at a family, an immigrant family creating a home and finding their way through a new country and a new land and all of the things that that brings,” she says. “Obviously for Claire, there’s a very different take on it because she essentially had lived in America for 20 years in the future, and so to come back to the inception of the American democracy as we know it now is quite interesting. To see her knowing what was going on in that time, but coming face to face with it in a very real way.”
Even more exciting for fans is the show’s renewal for a fifth and sixth season, before the fourth season has even aired, a testament to how successful “Outlander” has been for Starz. Meanwhile, the show’s fourth season is due to premiere on Starz in November this year.
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