Outlander has been widely successful not just because of the storyline but also of the acting and chemistry between Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan). The chemistry on the show seems pretty real that it makes fans think that Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe are dating in real life.
This rumor though is being denied by both actors.
Caitriona Balfe explained in an E! News interview that she and Heughan are not together. Fans love their on-screen chemistry so much that they want that to come through in real life. The actors, though, said that they are ?incredibly great friends? and that their friendship and closeness is what enables them to get along on the set and bring great chemistry to the show for the fans. Caitriona Balfe also explained that it will be difficult for them to work together and be together at the same time.
I hope this already squashes that rumor. But there is also another one circling that Caitriona Balfe will be leaving the Outlander in Season 3. This is also a rumor that needs to just die.
This rumor stems from the direction of the novels where Claire Randall will be in her 40s soon. Fans speculate that because Caitriona Balfe couldn?t age as fast as her character does, she could leave the show. It?s not really clear why they would think that given the fact that actual movie magic really exists like getting someone younger to play an older role and vice versa. It?s even harder to fathom that Caitriona Balfe would not be able to give the role justice as her acting skills are very good.
Diana Gabaldon, who is the author of the Outlander books that the show is based on, think that this rumor more or less does not make sense. In a report by International Business Times, she remarked that Caitriona Balfe is 35 and that she can easily play someone in her late 20s and someone in her 40s. Gabaldon added that there is no one better to play Claire as good as Cait does.
So, we sure do hope that these rumors are definitely squashed but in the entertainment business, once you cut one head off, one or two will find a way to appear. We?ll get to them when they arrive. For now, let?s just enjoy the fact that Caitriona Balfe is not going away soon.