Caitriona Balfe promised fans a Twitter Q&A when she hit 200,000 followers, and being a woman of her word, delivered! It was a quite fun chat with fans from around the world (and one guy who sure sounded like a stalker), and was peppered with comments from cast members including Sam Heughan – who got us going – Steven Cree, and even Romann Berruxx, right at the end!
Sam: How long is this Q&A? Do I need snacks?
Cait: Need a clock..? It ain’t 8 yet…
Sam: Is in France. and Cape Verde Islands.
Cait: Alright stuck in a traffic jam. Might as well staaaaaart!!!
Q Your favorite accomplishment, as an actress or as a human being?
A As an actor.. Outlander of course! As a human – the amazing friends I have.
Q You are hot
A Eh… thanks!?!
Q Do you like to have your own brand in fashion?
Q What’s the best joke you’ve heard? (no Paddy jokes allowed)
A Horse walks into a bar.. barman says “why the long face”
Q Fave holiday destination?
A Mongolia is top of my wish list right now.
Q Where has been your favorite place to film?
A New York because it’s magic… on Outlander – Loch Rannoch.
Q What’s on your iPod?
A Music…!!! Ha. Right now loving Bat for Lashes new album.
Q Which star or stars would you like to work with in the future?
A Gena Rowland would be a dream.
Q Will you be at the BAFTA Scotland Awards? ComicCon in 2017?
A Yes… Maybe…
Q What’s your spirit animal?
A Had a dream once it was a bear… so sticking with that for now.
Q I’ve only watched the first episode of Outlander. Do you hate me?
A No…!! Me too!! (Joking!)
Q What do you and Claire have in common (besides the looks)?
A We both adapt well but might be a little bit irritable… ahem, Sam Heughan, thoughts?
A (Sam) saying nothing… (Cait waaaay better than Claire!)
Q Do you have a technique for memorizing your lines?
A I’ll like to write them out.
Q It’s not really a question by can you give a kiss to your French fans?
A Bisou bisou
Q What’s your favorite thing about Jodie Foster?
A She is smart, ballsy, and beyond talented.
Q What do you miss most (if anything) from your life before Outlander?
A Sun and lazy long lunches with my besties.
Q Tired now?? You were on set today? Anything to share with poor fandom???
A There was Eton Mess… not what you want to eat at 9 am.. for hours!!! (see recipe here)
Q What’s your go to outfit?
A Black… anything. Though a lint roller is a must. #whitecat
Q What’s your favorite place or restaurant/bar in Glasgow?
A If I tell you I’ll never get a table!!!
Q Have you ever wanted to come to Brasil?
A I’ve been. Loved it. Would love to go back.
Q (Sam) Have you any REALLY bad photos of your cast mates/crew? (Careful now!) #askCait #wishIhadnt
A If they only knew the photos I have of you Sam… #blackmail
Q (protected tweet, not available)
A face don’t matter it’s the heart that does.
Q Any advice on how to have a healthy relationship with food?
A Eat whole foods… if it has ingredients you can’t pronounce put it down. Food is fuel. Purer is better.
Q What does a person have to do to get noticed by you?
A Fun, kind, and probably a little bit out there!!!
Q Who is your favorite artist?
A Too many to pick but Frieda Kahlo def up there.
Q If you had to pick one native Scottish food to eat what would it be?
A What’s native Scottish food???
Q What’s your favorite way to unwind after a difficult or long day of shooting?
A Yummy food and some cat cuddles.
Q What’s your favorite dessert? And do you like cooking/baking?
A Love cooking. Favorite dessert is a raw mint chocolate tart.
Q Who’s your biggest inspiration?
A My friends inspire me every day.
Q How well do you get along with your fellow cast-mates on and off camera?
A Hate them all… never talk to them ever. Or go drinking.
Q I also come from a family of 7 (2 brothers, 4 sisters). Did you like growing up in a big family?
A Yes… makes for fun holidays.
Q Who is your favorite author?
A Joan Didion.
Q Who is Caitriona Balfe after Outlander?
A Caitriona Balfe I hope…
Q Chicken breasts or chicken legs?
A Ah I love a really important question. Thigh all the way.
Q Do you aspire to act onstage?
A YES!!! Would love to.
Q What do you like about working with Tobias Menzies?
A His Scooby Doo impression
Q Quick you are running out the door!!!! What’s the only thing you grab?
A A coat. It’s pissing down here.
Q What is your biggest fear?
A Someone finding out my biggest fear.
Q Most embarrassing thing you can reveal about Sam Heughan?
A He has a third nipple. But it’s on his ass – weird.
A (Sam) The lady speaks true.
Q If you hadn’t been cast for Outlander, what do you think you’d be doing right now? (other than stuck in traffic!)
A Auditioning for Outlander???
Q Favorite book/story as a child?
A Wuthering Heights.
Q (protected tweet, may have asked favorite movie)
A Either Full Metal Jacket or Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
Q I’ve heard you say you can drink everybody under the table, is this really true?
A When you’re already under the table you can keep drinking for ages… no fear of falling!
Q Favorite mascara?
A Kevin Aucoin but they’ve recently discontinued it… aghhhh
Q Did you hear the rumor that Mrs. Fitz is dating Father Bain?!?!
A I always knew those two were at something. Disgrace…
Q Most memorable experience working with World Child Cancer?
A The trip to Ghana.. just seeing the hard work that the teams do there!
Q Has @WydraKarolina ever taken you to Poland? If yes what did you think?
A Not yet but she will.
Q Do you still sing on set?
A Sometimes. Today was the Cheers theme tune.
Q What book are you currently reading?
A Just about to start The Sellout.
Q OK now honestly your favorite thing about Sam?
A His third nipple. On his bum.
Q Who’s the biggest prankster on set?
A Steven Cree.
Q It’s my 29th birthday. What kind of booze should I drink tonight to kick off my last year on the right side of 30?
A Vodka. Hangover will be kinder tomorrow.
Q Do you count calories?
A No… try and eat real whole foods and stay away from processed stuff.
Q (In the wedding night scene) You didn’t burp, right? That was a raspberry, yes? Please clairfy so I can live my life. cc: Sam Heughan
A That wasn’t a burp! What??? It was more likely a Sam being very heavy and make me groan (ahem) or a snort laugh.
A (Sam) VERY HEAVY. Snort laugh for sure. Or losing oxygen…
Q Have you heard a certain Gaelic tutor’s impression of Tobias? Are impressions a thing on set?
A No and I shudder to think. But YES there are many impressions on set.
Q Can you say hello to your Italian fans? We (heart) you!
A Ciao xx
Q Heels, flats or barefoot?
A Yes that is the correct order.
Q Red or white wine?
A Usually white, then red.
Q What do you get for lunch on set?
A Been making my own lately so it varies from day to day. Today was root veg soup.
Q How do you motivate yourself to get out of bed?
A The fact that about 250 people are relying on my butt to get to work so they can – not to mention the few fans we have!!
Q (Sam) Can you wear the bump again…? Just for one day?
A If you bring it into work I’ll wear it again.
Q Hey Sam it’s meant to be Cait’s Q&A not your obsession with pregnancy bumps.
A Exactly!!!! Jezzzzz dude.
A (Sam) (weary cat face emoji)
Q Guinness or Lager?
A Does this need an answer? #GuinnessIreland
Q Who inspired you to become an actress? You’re stunning!
A My dad.
Q If somebody asked you to shave your hair for a job, will you shave it?
A For the right job. Sure.
Q I’m in “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” musical right now and loving it! Would you like to do a musical one day?
A I don’t think they’d let me sing!!
Q What was your childhood dream?
A To be an actress…. wayhey!!! I did it.
Q What is Eddy’s favorite game?
A Let’s see how long I can sleep on the heated floor game. She’s very good at it.
Q Do you have a life hack for not being able to fall asleep?
A No cellphones in the bedroom. (easier said than done but it does help)
Q What’s the most valuable lesson you’ve learned so far?
A Be grateful and don’t sweat the small stuff.
Q How did you feel when the show started getting fans?
A 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂
Q Do you have a favorite photographer?
A Diane Arbus
Q What’s your favorite thing to do except for acting?
Q What is your favorite Spanish food?
A Anything @martamilans makes me.
Q Have you ever been to North Carolina? If not, you should go. I could be your tour guide. NC is beautiful!
A Once. Was beautiful.
Q Your skin is so beautiful… what is your skin care regimen?
A @ColbertMD is my skin whisperer…
Q What’s the hardest scene you (filmed)?
A Losing Faith.
Q Like me, I know you’re a feminist. What gender equality issue concerns you most right now?
A Equal pay… closing the gender gap is essential.
Q What’s your favorite Irish whiskey?
Q Tell us one thing that people would be surprised to know about you?
A I can be shy.
Q (Steven Cree) Do you think we will ever encounter life from another planet in our lifetime? Aside from the God that is Sam.
A I think the single occurrence that created Sam is probably more than I could ask for in one lifetime.
A (Sam) Honestly. Steve may be more than anyone can handle…
Q Ever film a scene and think, crap, I’m gonna have to explain that one day?
Q What do you do to calm down when you’re nervous?
Q How’s Eddie? Is he still fat and lazy?
A SHE. And yes.
Q How you doing tonight? Tired, hungry, sleepy?
Q What was your favorite subject at school?
A Art and English.
Q Mommy’s girl or Daddy’s girl?
A Eh, more like the trouble maker.
Q (Sam) Can Steven Cree answer the next three questions on your behalf?
A I insist. #AskCait #AskSteven
Q Who do you think could be another wood leg specialist in the Outlander cast?
A (Steven Cree) I guess Sam Heughan as he’s always talking about his woody. #AskCait #AskSteven
Q Who’s the better kisser?
A (Steven Cree) I always enjoyed kissing @MetinHuseyin. #AskCait #AskSteven
Q Has it been a hard transition from model to actor?
A (Steven Cree) Not really, I’ve always been lucky. #AskCait #AskSteven
Q Who is your best friend on the set?
A @Jessbergeault. She’s the butter to my bread and the best runner there is (Do I get an extra 10 minutes in bed now??)
Q What’s your best Halloween costume?
A I was a vampire when I was 9 and did all my own makeup. It was amazing.
Q What’s the thought that motivates you every day?
A It could all go away in an instant. So enjoy.
Q What are you having for dinner tonight?
A Nothing if I don’t get off Twitter. One more question… then I’m off!
Q Place you feel completely at peace?
Q Is Sam Heughan really as charming in real life as he seems?
A Nope. Really mean AND he smells.
Q Mountains or beach?
A Mountains that are near a beach!!! (but mountains)
Q How are you gaining knowledge on how to play a surgeon? Visits to operating rooms, speaking to doctors? Play board game?
A I play Operation every day…
Q (Romann) Who is your favorite French actor with blue eyes, curly hair, very tall, and aged 15?
A God… if only I knew someone just like that it would be them. Xxx
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