Outlander star Sam Heughan (Jamie Fraser) is ready to get back to work. The pandemic forced a production delay on season 6, but Heughan promises that they will start filming new episodes “pretty soon.” In the meantime, the 40-year-old actor is dealing with online scammers who are trying to exploit his mother. Heughan just took to social media to call out some “disgusting people.”
Sam Heughan promises that ‘Outlander’ season 6 is coming ‘pretty soon’
Outlander fans are six months into the current Droughtlander, and it’s not clear when they will get new episodes. Season 5 ended in May, and now would traditionally be the time for season 6 teasers and trailers. Unfortunately, that’s not the case.
Executive producer Maril Davis says that Outlander is “the least COVID friendly show ever.” With massive amounts of extras and steamy sex scenes between Heughan and Caitrione Balfe (Claire Fraser), new on-set COVID protocols are a huge challenge for the Outlander cast and crew.
According to Express, Heughan appeared on This Morning in the UK this week. When asked about the status of season 6, Heughan said that Outlander is “absolutely” coming back.
“You know we have been delayed. We were supposed to start shooting in May but we have been having costume fittings and we’ve got scripts,” Heughan revealed. “We had to develop a new way to work but we’re getting there and it is such an epic show. It is just taking more time. We will be back with season six pretty soon.”
The ‘Outlander’ star explains why the show’s audience continues to grow
Heughan recently sat down for an interview with Stellar Magazine, where he talked about why he thinks the Outlander audience continues to grow. He also revealed the one role he would never turn down.
According to Den of Geek, Heughan believes the show resonates with fans – and the audience continues to grow – because of the relationship at the heart of the show. Heughan explained that the relationship between Jamie and Claire is something that everyone wants.
“Whether you’re Jamie or you’re Claire, you want to be in that sort of loving relationship, that’s just 100 percent loyal,” Heughan said.
He also confessed that he would never turn down the opportunity to play James Bond. Heughan’s name has come up in recent years as a possible replacement for Daniel Craig. He says that if he ever gets an offer his answer will be “a big yes.”
“Of course any actor would want it. But I also have a theory that any reasonably well-known British actor who’s worn a suit instantly has their name thrown into the ring by fans,” Heughan noted.
Sam Heughan slams the ‘disgusting people’ who are setting up fake social media profiles of his mom
While he waits to get back to work on Outlander, Heughan is dealing with internet trolls who are trying to scam people using his mother’s name. Heughan’s mother Chrissie is a successful international artist with her own massive fan base. However, she doesn’t have a social media presence.
The Daily Record noticed that one of Heuughan’s fans alerted him to a catfishing scam that was using a fake Instagram account claiming to be his mother. Heughan thanked the fan who tagged him and reposted the message from the “disgusting people” who set up the fake account.
The scammer’s message read, “How are you doing today? I’m Chrissie Heughan (Sam Roland Heughan) Mom. I saw your comments and interest in my son and his work and I appreciate you on his behalf. Being an actor has always been his dream and I feel proud whenever I see his movie on the big screen and all this happened due to the support you (his fans) gave him.”
The message went on to say that Heughan doesn’t have time to speak to his fans personally. Then the trolls accused other people of claiming to be the Outlander star and trying to collect bank details and money from fans.
“I feel terrible whenever I get informed of it, hope you’ve never been a victim. I will love to get a response from you,” the fake message concluded.
Outlander seasons 1 through 5 are available on the Starz app and Amazon Prime Video.