‘Outlander’: Caitriona Balfe Reveals What Really Keeps Things ‘Fresh’ for Her on the Series

Outlander really made Caitriona Balfe a household name. She plays Claire Fraser on the iconic Starz series based on Diana Gabaldon’s best-selling novels. We may still be experiencing Droughtlander, but Balfe appears in a new film called Ford v Ferrari and she recently spoke about it and revealed what keeps things interesting with Outlander after so many seasons. Read on to learn more.

Caitriona Balfe talks about ‘Outlander’

Caitriona Balfe
Caitriona Balfe | Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for AT&T

Balfe spoke with Parade.com about her new film and what viewers can expect. It’s a true story about the fast-paced world of racing. While chatting about the movie, she was also asked about Outlander and she talked about how playing Claire Fraser gives her a “deeper understanding” every season.

“Every season you go in and you’re not quite sure what the experience is going to be,” Balfe revealed. “Just having that time to spend with a character, you have a deeper understanding, a deeper appreciation for them season after season.”

What keeps things ‘fresh’ for Balfe on the show?

So, what keeps things interesting for Balfe after working on five seasons on such a huge hit series? “The great thing about Outlander is that because we don’t stay necessarily in one time, and because it is this epic fantasy, you get to really play very varied things all the time,” Balfe continued. “So it feels like it stays fresh for us, which is really very unusual as an actor.”

What Caitriona Balfe finds ‘unfortunate’ about season 5

This obviously isn’t the first time that Balfe has spoken about Outlander as the season 5 premiere approaches. She recently made an appearance at New York Comic-Con and spoke to SYFY Wire along with some of her co-stars. Balfe made some comparisons to the previous season and the upcoming one.

“I think in general, episode 13 because of all of the Native American, I think that was such a cool element to our show,” Balfe said. “It was so beautiful to be able to tell that time in American history. It’s unfortunate we don’t have as many elements of that this season, I think it was so rich and so beautiful, and it just added another element to the show that we didn’t have before. So that’s special for that reason.”

When does the new season premiere?

Fans can’t wait to check back in with the Frasers and see what they’ve been up to since season 4 concluded. The new season finally has a premiere date set for February 16, 2020. A new teaser trailer has already been released for the upcoming season and fans are understandably concerned. It almost seems like they’re teasing a possible separation in the future.

“It’s my fault that you’re all here, fighting the dangers of the Carolina wilderness,” Claire says in the trailer. “I hope you don’t stay.” It’s unclear exactly who she is talking to, but it could be Roger (Richard Rankin).

Brianna (Sophie Skelton), Claire’s daughter, says to Roger, “You wanna go back don’t you?” Brianna asks him. “Our family is here.” It seems that choices will be made in season 5 that could change everything. Fans don’t have much longer to wait to find out what happens in the upcoming season of Outlander.