Outlander's Caitriona Balfe on Jamie and Claire's romance and playing a fierce female character

By Clare Douglas

“In many ways Outlander has become our lives. It’s pretty much all consuming but it’s fantastic,” gushed leading lady Caitriona Balfe during a recent chat in Toronto. The Irish actress, who was in Canada to promote the second season of her hit time-travel drama Outlander (Sundays, Showcase), couldn’t contain her surprise and appreciation for the outpouring of support the series has received from fervent fans.

“It was such a wonderful experience last year. And then when it came out there was just such a great reaction to the show,” she tells us, adding, “You hope that the original fans [of the books] will love what you do and we’re very grateful that they sort of transferred their love to our show.”

Caitriona's partner in crime on Outlander is the very handsome Sam Heughan.

After chatting at length about season two's opulent 18th century French fashions (some of which was inspired by Dior's 1940s 'New Look') we just had to ask the Dublin native about the power and responsibility of playing such a strong female character on television.

"It’s been such an honour," she says, noting that she had no clue what an impact Claire would have on her own life. "I’ve grown so much as a person playing this character and it’s wonderful to be brought into this conversation about female empowerment and feminism. It’s definitely made me examine my own views on it and educate myself a little bit more about our journey as women. All of that has been really interesting and empowering for me too."

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