Sam Heughan details the intense audition “Outlander” with Caitriona Balfe

stranger from home“stars Sam Heogan And the Caitriona Balf They have undeniable chemistry in their roles as the series romance leads Jamie and Claire, giving viewers six seasons of passion and romance — even when they are centuries apart.

In an exclusive excerpt from Heogan’s new memoir “Waypoints: My Scottish Journey,” the actor details his first powerful encounter with Balfe on the cast.

Before production of the show begins, Heughan explains that “the chemistry has to be just right” between him and whoever took on the role of Jamie’s time-travel lover. The intense reading that followed between the two actors easily established them as the perfect duo to portray Jamie and Claire.

Heughan recounts how he and his entourage were asked by the casting director to perform what would become a famous scene from the series’ first season — a tense exchange between Claire and Jamie in an episode called “The Reckoning.” Fans will easily remember Jamie’s tormented sentence: “You’re tearing my guts, Claire.”

“Despite their enduring love, the two characters can be quite antagonistic in their relationship. In the midst of that moment, which was born of love and frustration, we literally started tearing each other apart until the director called time on us. She was intense both physically and emotionally. We left breathless. She was wrapped up. In my arms and I think we know Jamie and Claire have come into being together,” Heugan writes.

Audio courtesy of Hachette Audio; Art jacket courtesy of Glutton, Little Imprint, Brown & Co.

Heughan also mentions how he came to protect Balfe when Outlander began filming, noting that this was a breakout role for her as an actress.

“It was such a huge leap for her. I felt like I needed to be protective of her, like supporting Jamie with Claire. In some ways, it seems as if this dynamic developed between us as actors and then moved on to amplify and explore in front of the cameras,” Heughan says.

The actor also shares in his memoirs his close relationship with “Outlander” author Diana Gabaldon, provoking him that he was told how the Jimmy and Claire story ended.

“Gabs is a wonderful, wonderful woman who has always revealed to me a lot about the subtleties and motives of the character. When the first season began production, she had written eight novels in a series of ten planned novels. With the narrative drawn in her head, she even told me what would happen in the closing pages. From the last book. This has been our secret ever since and may only have known Meryl Davis, the show’s executive producer.”

Listen to the full audio clip from “Waypoints” below:

Set over a six-day, 100-mile solo journey deep into the Scottish Highlands, “Waypoints” offers an intimate journey of self-discovery for the actor. Heughan reveals personal details about his life, from his fraught relationship with a father who abandoned his family as a boy, to rejection from drama school, disastrous “big break” exams, and turbulent eating patterns caused by a demand to meet the unhealthy expectations surrounding a lead actor. physique.

The memoir also features dozens of never-before-seen photos from Heugan’s life, from his early teens to hiking through the Highlands to behind-the-scenes “Outlander” shots.

Waypoints releases on October 25th.

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