20 Fascinating Facts From Behind The Scenes Of 'Outlander'

If you think that Game of Thrones is the only show filled with sex, war, and political positioning, you haven’t seen Outlander yet. In 2014, Diana Gabaldon’s bestselling series came to life in the hands of executive producer Ronald D. Moore. Fans have been learning Gaelic and clutching their plaid ever since.  

Sure, Sam Heughan isn’t the spitting image of the Jamie Fraser of the books, but no one on Earth can be that Jamie. No one’s complaining about Heughan’s looks or skill as an actor, BTW. On the contrary, Heughan and co-star Caitriona Balfe and Tobias Menzies are winning Outlander fans over with their vivid depictions of Jamie, Claire, and Frank/Blackjack.  

We’ve gathered some fun facts about Outlander that you may or may not know. This list is both for devoted Outlander fans and curious TV watchers wondering if they should watch the series. Dinna fash. There’s something for everyone. If you like what you read, be sure to check out other shows like Outlander as well.

  • Sam Heughan Is A Big Fan Of Ronald D. Moore
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    Heughan is a sci-fi nerd and was anxious to work with Ron Moore because he was such a big fan of his work on Battlestar Galactica and Star Trek. After the show got going, he would try to pick Moore's brain and discuss his worldview from a sci-fi perspective.   

    Source: E! Online
  • Newcomers Will Learn A Lot About European History But With Plenty Of Steamy Stuff

    Newcomers Will Learn A Lot About European History But With Plenty Of Steamy Stuff
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    If you want to learn about the 1700s Highlands, you’ve come to the right place. Prepare to learn all kinds of facts from Outlander but you also get to see action and plenty of steamy moments. You’re welcome. 

    Source: E! Online

  • A Closed Set Means Over A Dozen People

    A Closed Set Means Over A Dozen People
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    There’s definitely intimacy in the books and on screen, and Ron Moore has not been shy about bringing those scenes to the screen. For Claire and Jamie Fraser’s wedding night - he’s a virgin - Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan had to bare it all in front of a crew of around 16.

    Heughan said that his modesty patch didn’t really help much and it was really tricky trying to capture the mood. But you'd never be able to tell it from watching the episode.  

    Source: Professional Fangirls

  • Ronald D. Moore’s Wife And Producing Partner Were 'Outlander' Fans

    As his last project, Battlestar Galactica ended, Outlander Executive Producer Ronald D. Moore’s wife, Terry Dresbach, and his producing partner, Maril Davis, convinced him to read the Outlander books by Diana Gabaldon. Moore read the first book and realized that he had his next project.   

    Source: Collider 
  • Tourism Has Gone Up By 500% In Scotland

    Tourism Has Gone Up By 500% In Scotland
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    As the show is almost entirely filmed on location, Scotland is seeing a huge boom in tourist bookings. Various Scottish tour companies have experienced a 500% increase in bookings for Outlander-themed tours.

    Source: Tourism Intelligence Scotland 

  • Caitriona Balfe Can Hold Her Liquor

    Caitriona Balfe Can Hold Her Liquor
    Photo: Starz

    During an Outlander Q&A panel, when asked which actor could drink the others under the table, everyone pointed at Caitriona Balfe. She and her castmates also take a nip or two of whiskey while on set to ease into those more difficult scenes. Balfe says, "We don't drink our way through our jobs but occasionally you just have to be careful when you to go those emotional places."  

    Sources: Professional Fangirl and Vulture