Outlander has become a smash hit time travel romance series for Starz, but the success of the show may have more to do with the chemistry between leads Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan than the plot itself. After all, even adaptations of incredibly successful books can flop on the screen, and it's all but impossible to imagine Claire and Jamie played by anybody other than Balfe and Heughan. And yet according to Heughan, he would have thought twice about playing the role if he'd known what he was getting into due to one factor.
Sam Heughan was a guest on the Just The Facts with Alex Zane podcast, and he weighed in on the popularity of Outlander, saying:
According to Sam Heughan, the fan base of Outlander was one he wasn't familiar with when he landed the role of Jamie Fraser, and it's no secret that he has felt pressure due to all the attention he has received in his personal life due to Outlander. That said, he also described the fan base as "great," and he has expressed his excitement about the series time and time again over the years. Plus, the show was a big break for him after a number of failed auditions.
After a comparison to Robert Pattinson's experiences as the Edward Cullen portrayer with the Twilight fandom, the Outlander actor elaborated on some of the complications of playing a character like Jamie Fraser who already had a devoted fan base before he landed the role at all, saying:
As much as the time travel romance of Outlander is very clearly fiction, the characters themselves can feel real both on the page and screen thanks to the writing and portrayals (so much so that I'm continually disappointed at the lack of major awards recognition), as Sam Heughan has personally experienced. Nevertheless, Heughan went on to make it clear that he feels grateful to fans for a number of reasons:
Sam Heughan has expressed over the past year how much he wanted to get back to work on Outlander and pick up where Season 5 left off on some emotional cliffhangers, and fans can certainly agree that the latest Droughtlander has been far too long due to the pandemic production complications. Season 6 has also been cut short from its original episode order, but the upside is that the sixth season has finished filming and is slated to premiere in early 2022.
Sure, early 2022 isn't exactly in a week or so, but having a confirmed release window certainly beats wondering and hoping. For some viewing options during the wait for the sixth season of Outlander, be sure to check out our 2021 fall TV premiere schedule. While there is a shortage of epic time travel romance series on the way before 2022 as the weather starts to cool, there are still plenty of series to fill primetime!
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Laura turned a lifelong love of television into a valid reason to write and think about TV on a daily basis. She's not a doctor, lawyer, or detective, but watches a lot of them in primetime. Resident of One Chicago, the galaxy far, far away, and Northeast Ohio. Will not time travel and can cite multiple TV shows to explain why. She does, however, want to believe that she can sneak references to The X-Files into daily conversation (and author bios).