Good interview by Paulette Cohn, Parade Magazine –
One of the strengths of the series–both in the book and on the TV show, is how Jamie grows over the course of the story. When we first met him, he was a young man still finding himself. Now, he’s come into his own as leader of the community on the Ridge and in the militia. Has playing this journey had an impact on your own personal development?
I think there’s maybe a parallel in experience. Jamie when we first meet him in season one, he’s carefree in a way. He’s living on his wits and has no responsibilities. Throughout the seasons, he’s become a husband, a father and a grandfather. He’s become almost the laird. He’s become the general. With that always is responsibility, but also, he is naturally a leader. He never seeks it out, and he, in fact, would hate to think that he had to be the leader of men. But, somehow, he finds himself in that situation because he is a good leader.
Myself, I think, throughout the last six years, I certainly have grown more confident and gained more experience. I think all of these things are exactly what happens to Jamie. Through time, he’s become more experienced. He’s become like Colum (Gary Lewis), like his uncle. I think there’s great intellect there that Jamie has. Jamie is always a man of action, but now he’s also learned the other side, which is really important, which is that he gives great thought to things. I think that’s what makes him such a powerful leader.
When I talk to fans, other than Murtagh, they really want to talk about Jamie putting on the British red coat, which is, again, something that’s not in The Fiery Cross. Talk about the decision to do that and what that means to him.
Before we even finished the last season, I knew that this moment was coming up that Jamie would be on the side of the Redcoats as a militia leader. I spoke to [executive producer] Matt [B. Roberts] about it, and I just had this very vivid image in my mind about Jamie in a Redcoat uniform. I felt that it was a real 180 and it would be something that people wouldn’t be expecting with all that it signifies and stands for. It’s everything that Jamie’s fought against with his past issues with various people from Ardsmuir Prison, to his fellow Scotsmen being wiped out at Culloden, and his whole culture sort of being eradicated.
For me, I thought it was a strong visual, and I spoke to Matt and to our costume department about it. Accurately, Jamie wouldn’t have worn one as a militia general, but people will find out that there’s more to it than that. It’s more of a power play by Governor Tryon. Governor Tryon and Jamie have this quite interesting relationship, where Governor Tryon is constantly testing Jamie. I think it’s just one more test of Jamie’s loyalty.
Go here for the full article: Exclusive: Outlander‘s Sam Heughan on Jamie & Claire’s Craving and Biggest Challenge
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