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Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe lead the cast of time travel drama Outlander as Jamie and Claire Fraser. Ever since they first appeared in season one, fans have been in awe of their chemistry and their strong friendship. Express.co.uk exclusively spoke to Heughan recently about the basis of this and what it means to him.
Why do Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe have a strong bond?
In five seasons of Outlander so far, Heughan and Balfe have won over fans with their performances as star-crossed lovers Jamie and Claire.
Viewers have followed them through plenty of ups and downs, including being separated for two decades.
But the chemistry between Balfe and Heughan has seen them through it all.
As a result, some will be wondering how they have retained such a bond and friendship since the start.
Express.co.uk recently put this question to Heughan who opened up about their connection.
He explained: “We have always insisted we were in this together. The relationship and partnership.
“The show wouldn’t be a success without our equal energy and input. She’s become like a sister and best friend.
“We always consult with each other and I think it’s what makes the show.
“I think I learnt it from starting out in the theatre, the idea of ensemble and collaboration.”
Heughan was speaking ahead of the launch of his new book Clanlands, which was written with co-star Graham McTavish.
The book is a travel companion to the pair’s journey across Scotland where they aim to discover more about their heritage.
Clanlands contains plenty of Outlander anecdotes as well as some insight into Heughan and McTavish’s personal history.
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Fans of the show are also likely to be moved by how Balfe is mentioned a number of times.
This includes an anecdote about a particularly drunken night out, which led to a difficult morning readthrough for the pair.
As well as this, Heughan also writes more about how important it was for them to have each other’s backs from the beginning as well.
The book is a companion to McTavish and Heughan’s upcoming travel series Men in Kilts, which will be released in early 2021.
Speaking to Express.co.uk about what fans can expect, the pair also teased what is to come.
McTavish said: “It is a show that celebrates the best in Scotland.
“Hopefully with some surprises and a lot of laughs along the way.
“Sam succeeds in taking me out of my comfort zone and I succeed in some surprising ways at enraging him too. Expect to see it early 2021.”
Heughan added: “After creating, producing and financing the original shoot, I was so pleased STARZ and Sony decided to pick it up.
“Each episode covers a particular theme and, much like the book, we travel the country meeting special guests and learning about the Scottish culture with some questionable driving along the way…”
Clanlands was released on November 3 and is published by Hodder & Stoughton. Outlander seasons 1-5 are available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.
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