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Outlander star Caitriona Balfe on fierce fans and fab women

Outlander star Caitriona Balfe on fierce fans and fab women
From CBC - September 16, 2017

These days Caitriona Balfe is fully aware of the fervent fan base that follows every move ofOutlander, now in its third season.

But that was not always the case.

When she first signed on to play time-travelling British army nurse Claire Randall, who falls in love with an 18th centuryScottish Highlander,Balfe was blissfully ignorant of just how rabid Outlander fans could be.The television series is an adaptation of the beloved novels byDiana Gabaldonthat blurthe line between fantasy, historical fiction and romance.

"I really benefited from a space of complete oblivion," the 37-year old Irish actress said in a sit-down interview with CBC News to promote the hit show's new season.

"I was not fully aware of the depth of the fan base and how fervent they were. That really served me, because I think in the beginning we were able to find our characters without that pressure."

Balfe said she feels privileged and lucky the show enjoys such enthusiastic fan support, with Outlander devotees regularly travelling to visit Scottish shooting locales, at times scouring the internet for signs of where the crew is filming.

The long wait for the new season's arrival was even dubbed "Droughtlander,"with fans sharing survival tools as theshow's stars apologizedfor the gap between seasons.

Balfetreasures their support and regularly interacts with fans on social media who comment on the plot line, but she tries to tune out the noise once on set.

"It's always that thing you straddle," she said with a laugh. "I love you but we are going to ignore you until we are done and then we will talk to you again."

@caitrionambalfe I have forgotten the symbolism of the bird in the window. Help? @Outlander_STARZ

@JudyGreene52665

Just remember it ... it might be explained later !!!! #outlanderpremiere https://t.co/N1pBwaVwUW

@caitrionambalfe

While it's common knowledge that soulmates Claire and Jamie, played by Scottish actor Sam Heughan, start season 3 apart,in different centuries, fans are in the dark about how long it takes them to find their way back into each other's arms.

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