Sam Heughan has become a huge star with an army of adoring fans thanks to the global success of time travelling historic drama Outlander.
In the television series former Second World War military nurse Claire Randall (played by Caitríona Balfe) travels back from 1945 to 1743 where she encounters, falls in love with, and marries a Heughan’s Highland warrior character Jamie Fraser who becomes embroiled in the Jacobite rising. With a huge 75 episodes already in the can, and another 16-episode seventh season on the way, there’s been huge media interest along the way. It’s inevitably seen the leading man take part in hours of interviews, and he’s never anything less than hugely entertaining.
Here these are some of the most quotable comments he’s come out with about the television series that made him famous.
1. Sam Heughan on…Outlander’s treatment of women
“Outlander is progressive in the way it looks at women.”
2. Sam Heughan on…Scotland’s role in Outlander
“Scotland is undoubtedly the star of Outlander. I’m so proud of the country and all it has to offer.”
3. Sam Heughan on…growing his hair for Outlander
“I’m looking forward to losing the long locks at some point. But it’s been fun, and I do enjoy it.”
4. Sam Heughan on…filming Outlander in Scotland
“Working on Outlander has been a delight, it really has. I had kind of forgotten what Scotland was like, and I’d turned into a bit of a Londoner.”
5. Sam Heughan on…historical accuracy in Outlander
“Outlander is based on a group of books; there’s a slight fantasy element to it, but ours is authentic – we try to stick to historical accuracy as possible. Ours is about a small group of people and a core relationship rather than big armies.”
6. Sam Heughan on…Outlander tourism
“Since the show started, Scottish tourism has increased a great deal – there is definitely an Outlander effect.”
7. Sam Heughan on…the Outlander team
“I think trust is the most important thing. If the actors and the director and the crew trust each other and you set up perimeters and boundaries, you give everyone space to do great work.”
8. Sam Heughan on…realising how big Outlander was going to be
“I actually got an initial sense of how big Outlander was going to be on Twitter. We’re all on there to help promote the show and also interact with the fans.”
9. Sam Heughan on…the Scottish culture portrayed in Outlander
“There’s definitely an interest in Scotland and what happened here. I think the rest of the world are fascinated by our history, and it’s nice to be able to bring Scotland and our culture and music to the screen.”