Outlander star Caitríona Balfe has shared an exciting update on the upcoming eighth and final season of the popular historical drama ahead of the series seven premiere.
During an appearance on Irish chat show, The Late Late Show, the actress, who plays Claire Fraser, revealed that filming for the new series is about to begin in a few months’ time.
“We’re about to start shooting, in a few months, our eighth season but our seventh season is starting to air on June 16th on Lionsgate +,” she said.
When host Ryan Tubridy remarked that she looked “very happy” when talking about the show, she replied, “I do, yeah,” before going on to detail the impact the show has had on her career.
“It’s changed my life. I was very late to start acting. I changed my career at 30, which is usually the age when people say, ‘You haven’t made it, it’s over,’ and it gave me everything. It’s opened so many doors for me,” she explained.
“This job, it’s a joy. I’ve worked with the same people pretty much now for ten years, that’s my gang, that’s my crew. And this character, she’s incredible.
“I’ve gotten to do so much and been so stretched as an actor because of who she is,” she added.
Caitríona has played the show’s leading lady, Claire Fraser, ever since it first aired back in 2014. She stars opposite Sam Heughan, who plays Claire’s husband, Jamie Fraser.
Over the years, the actors have been very open about their close off-screen friendship and often gush about one another during interviews. Caitríona told Elle: “Sam’s just so kind. He’s a really good friend. He always checks in. I don’t know, he has one of the biggest hearts and smallest egos that I know.
“I feel very lucky. Sam and I have an amazing bond, we’re really great friends.”