Caitriona Balfe, known for her role as Claire Fraser in the popular TV series Outlander, recently revealed some behind-the-scenes moments from the show’s seventh season during a discussion at the ATX TV Festival in June.
During the conversation, Balfe was asked to share both her high and low moments while filming season seven. She mentioned that her low point occurred during episode 11, where she encountered a challenging and emotionally demanding sequence of scenes. Balfe was intentionally vague about the details, but she emphasized that it was a tough experience for her, especially because it took place not long after her father’s passing. The actress struggled to get into the right headspace for the scenes and had to work closely with the show’s creative team to figure out how to approach the challenging material. She highlighted the collaborative effort of the writers and intimacy coordinator Vanessa Coffey in finding a way to tackle these scenes effectively.
Balfe also discussed her highlight, which was taking on the role of director for several episodes in season seven. She mentioned her experience directing scenes featuring Sophie Skelton, who plays Brianna Fraser in the series. Balfe expressed gratitude for the strong working relationships within the cast and crew that allowed for a smooth transition into the role of director.
Interestingly, Balfe shared that, although she has directed scenes featuring other cast members, she has not yet directed her co-star Sam Heughan, who plays Jamie Fraser. Balfe did confirm that she would be directing an episode in the show’s upcoming eighth and final season, expressing excitement and trepidation about the prospect.
In addition to these insights, Balfe also touched on a shocking interview question that Sam Heughan had been asked in a previous interview. The details of this particular question were not provided in the article. Balfe’s revelations shed light on the challenges and rewards of working on the long-running series Outlander, both in front of and behind the camera.