It’s hard to imagine Outlander without Caitriona Balfe … Yet an actress from Grey’s Anatomy was expected to play the role of Claire Fraser!
There is no doubt that it would be difficult to imagine anyone other than Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan in the lead roles in the Starz series. Outlander. However, Diana Gabaldon did not want Sam Heughan at the start to interpret the Highlander in Outlander … Fortunately, she quickly changed her mind when she saw the actor. Thanks to their alchemy like Claire Fraser and Jamie Fraser, many viewers have fallen in love with the series in the past five seasons. However, it has since been revealed how difficult it was to cast Claire’s character in Outlander and another actress from Grey’s Anatomy should have played the time traveler …
In 2010, the adaptation Outlander was intended as a film rather than a series that could have seen a very different star playing heroine. At the time, the producers wanted Claire to be interpreted by the star of Grey’s Anatomy, Katherine Heigl. She had just appeared in a number of blockbuster films, including Knocked up, which made her a sought-after actress. And according to the New york times who published an article about her at the time, she was seriously considering the role of Claire. However, the film was later turned into a series, which was commissioned by Starz in 2012. The creators finally decided to go in a different direction. In a recent interview with Collider, the showrunner Outlander, Ronald D Moore, revealed that they had a hard time hitting Claire, but one thing is certain, they found the gem to play alongside Sam Heughan! While waiting for more details on the sequel, discover the scene of Outlander of which Sam Heughan is the most proud!