One line landed Caitriona Balfe the role of Claire on Outlander. When she spoke the words “Stop! Help! He’s going over!” the executive producers knew they had found their Claire.
The part of Claire, a time-traveling nurse who winds up married to an 18th-century Scot, “is the show, in a lot of ways,” executive producer Ronald D. Moore narrates. And when the Powers That Be heard Balfe utter Claire’s lines, co-executive producer Maril Davis adds, they’d found their Future Mrs. Fraser.
Davis went on to recall her screen test with Sam Heughan sealed the deal.
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The first half of Outlander’s first season will be available Tuesday.