Sam Heughan on why Outlander Season 3 feels like 'a different show'

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Oct 28, 2016

If you (like me) are feeling the effects of #droughtlander, know that the second season of Ron D. Moore’s time-traveling saga Outlander is getting a DVD and Blu-ray release early next week.

Speaking to Vanity Fair about the upcoming home release of the Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated drama series, actor Sam Heughan — who breathes life into James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser (or JAMMF, as he’s affectionately called by the fans) on the Starz show — opened up about the upcoming Season 3 (which is currently being filmed in Scotland), revealing a few interesting tidbits about the character and the upcoming season.

As some of you guys already know, Season 3 will be adapting the third novel in Diana Gabaldon’s epic book series, Voyager. And if you’ve already read the book, you also know that Voyager covers a good span of time and that the characters will age (we’ve already seen this in the Season 2 finale). When Heughan was asked about spending more time in the makeup chair for the upcoming season, the Scottish actor had this to say:

“I mean, I’m probably not allowed to say much, but I think we all know that the books do span a great amount of time. Season 3, in particular, yeah, I mean, there was an aging process. There was definitely a different look to the characters, but you’ll have to tune in to find out, I guess. But even in Season 1, I had hours and hours of prosthetic makeup whenever the back scarring was on or Jamie got shot or injured. By no means does that stop in Season 3 so, yes, there’s been a lot of very long days where I’ve been in makeup.”

Sam Heughan also touched on the fact that he’s filmed a good chunk of Season 3 without his co-star Caitriona Balfe, who plays Jamie’s true love and wife, Claire. When he was asked how he felt about filming most of his scenes without her, here’s what he said:

“Yeah. Honestly, it’s like having a death in the family. Well, I don’t know, I mean, it’s just like a different show. It’s hard to separate yourself from the character. Jamie’s present, living in his world, and Claire’s present and living in her world, and they both believe the other is dead. It’s always hard when we’re apart, actually, because she’s a great person, great to come to work with, and a very good actress. But I think it all adds to the reunion—if there’s a reunion, or when there’s a reunion—well you know there’s one in the books. It should be very special.”

Outlander Season 3 will premiere in the spring of 2017 following the series finale of Black Sails, but you can get your hands on the second season on Nov. 1. 

(via Vanity Fair)

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