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Remote Controlled with Daniel Holloway: Caitriona Balfe on ‘Outlander’ Season 4

Remote Controlled with Daniel Holloway: Caitriona Balfe on ‘Outlander’ Season 4:




Can I just say that I am honestly such a fan of this woman. Her thoughts, ideas and opinions on this show are so gratifying to listen to. You can tell that just like us as fans she is constantly grappling with her own morals and beliefs versus what makes the show. That all the stuff that we point out in terms of its problems, that she is acutely aware of them. That she is also disappointed when her key moments don’t make the cut. But most of all what stood out in this interview is that she is a person trying to live her life in the midst of telling this story. That this is tough for her, that it has been a huge learning curve and she is still discovering what is best for her.

She has mentioned a number of times how naive they were in S1, particularly in relation to sex scenes. That she has learned to find her own personal line of comfort in terms of what is right for Cait and what is right for Claire. That when she makes these calls about nudity or an intimate scene that she is aware it is setting a tone for younger female cast members on set who face similar scenes. She is acutely aware of her place on set, as a leader for the cast and crew but also in the heirarchy of power in shaping the story, in which she is much lower down the line.

I could listen to her for hours, talking about anything at all. 

If you have a spare half hour this interview is totally worth your time. 

Interesting how Cait not only talks about how she learned that she could talk about what she was comfortable with in regards to sex scenes but that she wanted the younger cast members to feel that same right. (May explain why what was written for the Roger/Bree scene was more explicit than what was shown. )  She said her learning curve on what she could say (I think once she said what they could say) was steep in Season 1.  

She mentioned this is not soft porn again so I think they want to show love/sex scenes but not as graphic as they did in the first season.  Even though some fans will be disappointed, I have to respect that once she realized she could say no to something, that it was OK.  They probably were so grateful for the job in S1 that they just followed the scripts as written.

I just loved this interview. I loved the respectful tone of the interviewer and I loved the Cait who showed up to answer her thoughtful questions. This is all I ever wanted from promo. Let them be themselves, make personal questions off limits, and stop taking advantage of the fact that I showed up to listen by making her repeat the fake narrative over and over. Stepford Cait is nervous and grumpy and not as intelligent or insightful as this authentic version.

crinosg: Alfred Hitchcock was not even in the neighborhood of…

Alfred Hitchcock was not even in the neighborhood of fucking aroudn.

I see many saying that Cait’s personal life/her interactions or lack of with Sam is bleeding into the show. I know you have been careful of not saying that so can you please explain further on why you have taken this stance.

The writing and adaptation for OL is knotty; there are many glaring inconsistencies, lack of continuity, character assassination and misinterpretation, and selective focus on inconsequential plots and events. It has shifted from being a character-driven show to one that is conflict-driven and action-driven, which takes away from an actor’s integrity. Such knotty adaptation was already visible in S2 and S3, and even in the later parts of S1. I think with S4, the problematic adaptation is more visible because of the screen time allocated to Bree and Roger, which takes away from the time and care needed for Jamie and Claire’s relationship. 

These are the reasons I don’t think the blame lies solely with the actors. I stand by my assessment that Claire’s character is less present and impactful in S4. Whether that is the doing of the writers or Caitriona’s own interpretation of Claire, is yet to be seen. I am hopeful that we will see more of the feisty Claire (and Jamie and Claire) we know and love once they settle on Fraser’s Ridge. I think of Caitriona as a professional who values her craft, and as such, should not have any problem performing and doing her job as she should regardless of what goes on in her personal life, with or without her costar. 

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