10 Interesting Facts Outlander Fans Should Know

10 Interesting ‘Outlander’ Facts Every Fan Should Know

‘Outlander’ will always and forever hold a special place in the hearts of the binge-watching community. The show is coming back for the sixth season in 2022 and continues to have a strong fan base for its intricate plot, excellent acting, and impeccable costumes. ‘Outlander’ combines historical and sci-fi elements into one elaborate story of romance, drama, and politics that has kept us hook since day 1. To celebrate the timeless ‘Outlander’ effect, we have prepared a special list for true ‘Outlander’ fans out there.

Here are 10 amazing facts every ‘Outlander’ fan should know. 

1. Sam Heughan Is Not Wearing Anything Underneath The Kilts

Traditionally, men would not wear any underwear while wearing a kilt. This tradition started with the Scottish Highland Regiments and was adapted by the civilian population. There are still plenty of people who keep up the no underwear tradition. 

Sam Heughan, who plays Highlander Jamie Fraser, admitted that he is not wearing any underwear underneath those kilts. 

 “I’m a true Scotsman, and it’s one of the joys of working on the show is wearing the kilt,” Sam Heughan told Entertainment Weekly. 

Heughan added that it was very comfortable.

2.’Outlander’ Is Inspired By Doctor Who

The conception of Jamie Fraser’s character happened after author Diana Gabaldon came upon an old episode of  Doctor Who. This particular episode features a kilt-wearing, Scottish Highlander character named Jamie McCrimmon, played by Frazer Hines. This is the exact Jamie that inspired Gabaldon to create the dashing Jamie Fraser we all love. 

“I was thinking a historical novel might be the easiest kind of book to write for practice when I happened to see a really old Doctor Who re-run,” Gabaldon told Scotland Now. “Jamie struck me with his attitude and male gallantry and I thought the kilt was rather fetching.”’

3.’Outlander’ Fans Can Visit The Show’s Different Locations In Real-Life

The show’s success has opened global interest to Scotland, and to capitalize on its achievement, VisitScotland assembled a map containing some of Outlander’s real-life locations. This includes the Doune Castle near Stirling, which depicts Castle Leoch in the show. Fort William is called the Blackness Castle in real life and is located in Blackness, Scotland. The prehistoric stone circle called Craigh na Dun does not exist in real life. However, you can visit the area at Kinloch Rannoch.

 Outlander’s success has boosted Scotland’s tourism up to 67% since 2013, from 887,000 to 1.5million. Set-jetting became a growing trend in Scotland, partly due to the “Outlander Effect”.’

4.John Bell got his family involved to prepare for the role of Young Ian.

After John Bell received the news that he is cast to play Young Ian, the actor immediately went to work to find out as much as possible about the character. He even had his whole family involved in the research! He told Parade.com that he went straight to the Wiki page and read everything he could. 

“I read everything that I could on that, and that’s when I got the books. I got my mum to start reading the books, and I got my gran to start reading the books. We’d all get together in a little book club and discuss.”

5.’Outlander’ Borrowed Ships From Black Sails 

In the third season of ‘Outlander,’ Jamie and Claire have to sail to the Caribbean to find their nephew Young Ian, who became a prisoner on the pirate ship, the Bruja. 

Executive producer Matthew B. Roberts revealed that it would take them at least five years- roughly five seasons- to build a ship and the set they need. They considered going to the Caribbean and Hawaii, and studios with water tanks in Malta and Mexico to film. However, they keep returning to the idea of just borrowing the set from ‘Black Sails’, a fellow Starz television show. 

 “We came in and redecorated, repurposed everything, because their Kingston and our Kingston are about 80 years apart. Just by coming to South Africa, and utilizing this facility, and this crew, we were able to do this,” Roberts revealed via Elle.

The Artemis (Jamie and Claire’s ship) was custom-made for ‘Outlander,’ while the two other boats, the Porpoise and the Bruja, were previously seen on ‘Black Sails. ‘

6.’Outlander’ Was Author Diana Gabaldon’s Practice Book

Diana always knew that she wanted to be a novelist, but she didn’t start writing her first novel until her late 30s. When she was 36, she had a little pep talk with herself and said that Mozart died at 36, so she better get started with the novel.

“I knew I was supposed to be a novelist, but I didn’t know how, and I decided the way to learn was to actually write a novel. So, Outlander was my practice book,” she said at the TCA press day for the PBS series The Great American Read. 

She was not planning to show the book to anyone. Little did she know, her practice book has turned into the bloodline of one of the most successful shows ever created. 

7. Diana Gabaldon Knew Right Ahead That Sam Heughan’s Is The Perfect Jamie Fraser 

 Diana Gabaldon received Sam Heughan’s audition tape for Jamie Fraser. At the time, the actor has very limited filmography. There were very few photos of him, and Diana even thinks that “the ones that he had up were strange.” However, when she saw his audition tape, Diana noted that Sam “doesn’t look anything like his photos” and looks fine. Five seconds into the tape, she knew immediately Sam is the perfect one for the role. 

 “Five seconds more, he was gone, and it was just Jamie Fraser right there. I recognized him immediately,” Gabaldon said via Collider

 Executive producer Ronald D. Moore also had the same comment.

 “We saw the tape and we were like, ‘Oh my god, there he is. Let’s snatch him up now,’ Moore told Enews

8.  Catriona Balfe Was Cast Just A Few Weeks Before Filming

Caitriona Balfe played  Claire Beauchamp Randall/Fraser, Jamie’s love interest and one of the central characters in the series. Executive producer Ronald D. Moore told ENews that they told everyone they would find Claire first then Jamie will be the last one to cast. But what happens is the exact opposite.  

Moore admitted that it was difficult to cast Claire, unlike Jamie. They scoured through plenty of actresses and tapes but couldn’t find what exactly they were looking for.

 “She had to be smart, she had to have a strength of character, and really, she had to be someone that you could watch think on camera. But then suddenly Caitriona’s tape came in and we had that same light-bulb moment.”

9. Most Of The ‘Outlander’ Costumes Are Historically Accurate

Period shows require the utmost attention to detail, especially in costumes. Costume designers Terry Dresbach and Trisha Biggar invested a lot of time to ensure that the costumes are historically accurate as possible. From the Scottish ensembles for women, the demonstration of wearing a kilt, up to the Highlanders army wear, ‘Outlander’ managed to portray them all accurately. 

Of course, it is impossible to have 100% accuracy in TV so it’s also worth noting which ones are purely made for entertainment. Some of the historically inaccurate costumes include the drab colors of Jamie’s tartans and Brianna’s Wedding Dress. You can click here to see a list of historically accurate and inaccurate costumes.

10.Outlander Was Supposedly Going To Be A Movie

‘Outlander’ is previously planned to adapt into a feature-length film with Katherine Heigl rumored to play Claire. In 2010, she appeared in New York Times where she hinted that ‘Outlander’ is going to be her next project.

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