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The long wait is finally over Outlander fans. It seems like we’ve been waiting months (
we have) since Sam Heughan was cast as Jamie Fraser for the new Starz production of Outlander to cast the lead, Claire Randall –spoiler alert– Fraser, and she’s here! SHE’S HERE. She’s Irish-born model-actress, Caitriona Balfe, and WE SORT OF LOVE HER. Remember when Bekah admitted to being scared of the day Claire was officially cast? Well. THREAT NEUTRALIZED.
But before we get into all that, let’s take a little pass through the stones to … Tuesday of this week. When Diana G intimated on twitter that we would be getting some casting news by nightfall. CUE EPIC FANDOM IMPLOSION. Most of my Outlander buddies on twitter and Facebook were losing.their.shizz.
People were arguing about time zones and messaging systems and were afraid to cook their families dinner and stuff, but alas. The announcement was all shot down by The Man, so we had to go to bed still dreaming for one more night that WE were Claire. Sidenote: NOT a hardship, kind of the best part of the whole thing.
But then came yesterday. No warning. No build up, just BAM. Here’s yo Claire, beeches.
The eternally lovely author of all things JAMMF, Diana Gabaldon, got to announce on her twitter that the lead was (FINALLY) cast. YIPPEE.
I REALLY REALLY REALLY wanted Diana G to add one of these to her tweet:
And of course, phones all over the Outlander-verse went batty. Bekah and I ignored our lives for a moment and snuck in some chatting and google-stalking.
Bekah: CLAIRE! https://twitter.com/caitrionambalfe
She had 335 followers when I added her btw. Now she has 585. lol
Beth: I just followed her
I hate knowing NOTHING about someone
makes me uneasy
Bekah: uggghhh Sam’s tweet.
He called her Sassenach. Kill me.
I knew this would happen … i just got jealous. JEALOUS of a NOT REAL RELATIONSHIP.
Beth: ME TOO
LIKE I’M LEGIT ALL OF A SUDDEN SUPER JEALOUS OF THIS HO
I’m happy though
she’s beautiful. looks very much like Claire in my head
Bekah: Yes. Older than I thought they’d go with. I just expected them to go with someone young.
I dunno why
Beth: too jjealous to type
she’s f*cking adorable with these freckles and shit
Bekah: haha saving this confo
OMG we can’t sepll SPELL
Beth: I cnat type a thing
my fingers are all sweaty and weird
we are iditos
OK wht is this
Bekah: hahah dang girl
Get it for Kohl’s
Ross Models 2006
So, here’s what we know. Caitriona (say it with me, guys … KATRINA) is 34, Irish-born, former Victoria’s Secret model, tall, gorgeous and somehow fits everyone’s head-canon of what Claire is supposed to look like. WHAT IS THIS TRICKERY? I mean, Outlander fans who were totally catty and horrible and whiny about Sam (and every other cast member) are suddenly all:
I expected nothing but shade from all the Facebook wackos who’ve been giving Diana shit for months about Sam. But … it’s been strangely quiet on the negativity side of things. I’m disappointed. I like making fun of crazy people. I decided to try and come up with some reasons to hate her (just for shiggles). It wasn’t easy. Here’s what I got.
1. This quote.
The moment Caitriona Balfe came on screen, I sat up straight and said, ‘There she is!’ – Diana Gabaldon
That’s just a nice little echo of what Diana said about Sam. It puts everyone at ease, knowing that the author sees her character.
2. Her nationality.
Cuz lezzzbe honest: if she were American or Canadian or *cough* Romanian … no one would be believing that accent. But Irish? I can deal. I can SO deal.
3. These pictures.
I absolutely LOVE how they were like: go throw on some Little House calico print, and let’s pin up your hair because yeah, we need you to look like Claire … real quick. Real Quick Claire.
ALSO: kudos to Starz for getting these out there ASAP before all the crazies saw those nude model shots and started counting ribs and calling for new audition petitions. (PLEASE DON’T DO THAT, fans).
4. Her AGE.
We talk about this in the video, but I’ve always felt that Claire is kind of timeless. Even 20 years after meeting Jamie, she returns to him fairly unchanged. I was worried we were going to get a too young or a too old actress, but Caitriona is the perfect middle ground.
5. Her FACE.
Seriously. I don’t know what kind of magic is at work here, but somehow … I didn’t know this BEFORE I saw her picture, but I certainly do now … somehow she absolutely has the face of the Claire in my head. Beautiful, delicate, timeless, smart. She just HAS Claire’s face. It’s kind of amazing.
She gets to be Claire.
And we are jealous.
Already cuteness and flirty stuff is going on on twitter, and just dude. Jealous.
What am I supposed to do with this cuteness? I DON’T EVEN KNOW. Die, I guess. Of cute. Are she and Sam going to get super flirty and chatty all over the place? I CANNOT EVEN.
In order to get out a ton of our feelings, and to show our support for THIS AWESOME CASTING NEWS, Bekah and I did a special episode of Talking Normal last night because …
So get down in the comments and tell us what you think of Caitriona (and how bad we are at Scottish pronunciations!) You guys … it’s really happening!!!!
*awesome featured image courtesy of Aurora Diez