Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe ‘Clicked Instantly’ When They Met on ‘Outlander’

Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe have an undeniable chemistry as Jamie and Claire Fraser on Outlander. And apparently, the two actors have had this bond from the very beginning of their journey on the show. Balfe recently opened up about her dynamic with Heughan and revealed that they “clicked instantly” when they met. 

Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan attend the season 2 premiere of 'Outlanders.'
Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan | Randy Brooke/FilmMagic

Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan are friends in real life

When Balfe and Heughan get together on the red carpet, in interviews, and during promotional events, it’s clear that the two Outlander stars are really close. And while plenty of fans have been rooting for them to become a couple in real life, they have always maintained that they are just good friends.

In fact, when Balfe was married in a secret ceremony to her longtime love, Tony McGill in 2019, Heughan was one of the few people from her close circle in attendance. He shared a photo of himself from one of the wedding events on Instagram, and called it a “Remarkable weekend.”

Heughan and Balfe are always side-by-side at Outlander events, and they often tag each other on social media. They even share sweet and loving messages to each other on birthdays, which just goes to show how close they are as friends. 

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They ‘clicked instantly’

In a recent interview with Gold Derby, Balfe talked about her chemistry with Heughan and how it translates on-screen. She revealed that they hit it off as soon as they met, and despite being so different, they work together perfectly on set. 

“It’s been such an amazing thing, we clicked instantly,” said Balfe. “And for whatever reason he and I, we’re very different people but we have a similarity in sort of how we approach certain things in our lives. Definitely how we approach work is is both different and very similar, but he gives himself up a hundred percent to Jamie and he commits just a hundred percent.”

Balfe noted that her work ethic aligns perfectly with Heughan because he always gives “a hundred percent” to the role. “We both love to work in that way,” she explained, revealing how committed they are to each other as actors. 

“I always know that he has my back as an actor,” Balfe explained. “As a character, I always know that if we’re going to do a scene, you’re never going to have to question Sam’s commitment or his honesty or his truthfulness, and that’s something great.”

Balfe and Heughan have been working together closely for over five years now. And the actress noted how lucky she is to be on set with someone she gets along with so well.

“I know so many actors who were in shows with other people and they didn’t get along,” she said.  “I just can’t even imagine what that must feel like. I think what he brings is just his heart, and he’s got such a big heart as Sam, and obviously Jamie. That’s why we all love them so much, is that purity of heart.”