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The "Outlander" Stars Will Make You Swoon

Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe, the leads in Starz’s new drama based on the best-selling books, on first impressions, sexual chemistry, and rug burns.

Since the first of the now eight-volume Outlander series was published in 1991, Diana Gabaldon’s novels have captivated the hearts — and ovaries — of millions. With Starz’s adaptation — from executive producer Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica) — set to begin Aug. 9, the adoration bestowed upon the main characters, Jamie and Claire, has transferred to the actors portraying them: Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe.

After Outlander’s standing-room-only panel at San Diego Comic-Con, BuzzFeed sat down with Heughan and Balfe for a game requiring rapid-fire responses. Their enthusiasm, much like their chemistry, was palpable.

Caitriona was excited to begin.

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1. What was the first thing you noticed about the other person?

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Adorable! But Caitriona felt it wouldn’t last.

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Jarett Wieselman for BuzzFeed

 

2. In one word, why were you were excited to play this character?

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Brevity proved difficult.

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Jarett Wieselman for BuzzFeed

 

Eventually they (kinda) got it.

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3. Describe each other’s character in one word.

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Sam was feeling cheeky — but opted to play it safe.

Sorta.

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4. Which scene from the book were you most excited to film?

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5. Describe your first sex scene in one word.

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Answers, please!

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Caitriona did a little re-organizing.

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Jarett Wieselman for BuzzFeed

 

6. How would you describe the Outlander fans?

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“YAY!” exclaimed Caitriona.

7. If you could play any other Outlander character who would it be?

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Caitriona loved that they matched.

8. What’s the hardest part of making Outlander?

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Jarett Wieselman for BuzzFeed

 

Caitriona opted for a repeat, Sam opted for a bad joke.

9. Luckily, the final question gave him a chance for redemption: What’s the best thing about your co-star?

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And he wrote — a lot.

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Jarett Wieselman for BuzzFeed

 

His list included: “Talent, Humour, Beauty, Dedication, and Stamina.”

With that, all was right again in the world of Outlander.

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Outlander premieres Saturday, Aug. 9 at 9 p.m. on Starz.

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