‘Outlander’ Star Sam Heughan’s Audition Made Diana Gabaldon Clutch Her Chest and Proclaim ‘Oh My God, This Is Actually Him’


Outlander star Sam Heughan landed a career in acting when he was cast as Jamie Frasier in the Starz travel drama. As fans know, Outlander based on the novels of author Diana Gabaldon. She is also a consultant on the series and was involved in the casting process. Gabaldon recently revealed that when Heughan was hearing for series creator Ronald D. Moore and executive producer Maril Davis, Gabaldon was skeptical that he was right for the part.

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‘Outlander’ star Sam Heughan Michael Kovac / Getty Photos for STARZ

‘Outlander’ author Diana Gabaldon called ‘grotesque’ Sam Heughan

according to Express, when Gabaldon found out that Moore and Davis had thrown Heughan as Jamie she called him “grotesque”. In a recent interview, Gabaldon clarified what she meant by her views.

Gabaldon told Tom Downie and David Berry about it Outcasts – the unofficial Outlander podcast – that fans must see Heughan ‘s early work. She explained that before Outlander, Heughan’s “almost movies” were not resumed. When she wrote her name, she received only “a handful of pictures. ”

“It simply came to our notice then Emulsion, which is very strange in my mind and I hadn’t seen the film – I haven’t yet. But I had seen the pictures of him, ”said Gabaldon. “Before that, it was stage work, so those quiet stills they put in front of the theater and not professional photography, are pretty much it. And have you ever seen those stills Young Alexander? ”

Gabaldon noted that she modeled the character after her husband, Doug Watkins. When she saw Heughan’s pictures, that was not what she had in mind.

Gabaldon changed her mind when she saw Heughan’s audio tape

Express states that the author states that she was “arguing cautiously” when they started throwing the series. After Moore and Davis contacted Gabaldon about Heughan’s throw, she knew she had to see his lab on tape.

Gabaldon explained that she was close friends with Davis during the throwing process. When Davis showed the tape for Heughan’s lab the author quickly changed her mind about the actor. She says she was “amazing.”

‘Maril and I were both clutching our coffins as we looked at Sam’s lab and thought,’ Oh my God, this is it, ‘”Gabaldon revealed.

“We really felt that this one might be Cat [screen test] it was the last minute where she sealed the contract and got the show, ”Moore explained. “And you see, they already have the shorthand of their characters and there’s definitely on-screen camera chemistry between the two.”

Seasons 1 through 5 of Outlander available on Starz On Demand and Amazon Prime. Season 6 will begin firing in January 2021.