‘Outlander’ writer Diana Gabaldon reveals her adorable nickname for Sam Heughan


outlander Writer Diana Gabaldon didn’t have Sam Heughan in mind when she created the role of Jamie Fraser. When he first glanced at her, he didn’t even think he was the right fit for the role.

But when Heughan parted ways, he and Gabaldon developed a friendship that continues to this day. The author even has a cute nickname for outlander Star.

Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan in ‘Outlander’ with author Diana Gabaldon. Todd Williamson/Getty Images for Starzon

‘Outlander’ writer’s inspiration for Jamie Fraser comes from ‘Doctor Who’

Gabaldon started writing to him outlander series in the late 1980s, and he was inspired by an earlier episode for his leading man doctor who. Gabaldon was watching war games A 1969 serial that saw the Time Lord and his TARDIS end in the Scottish Highlands during the Jacobite Rebellion. That’s when the Doctor meets Jamie McCrimmon, a kilt-clad porter, played by actor Fraser Hines.

“She Said She Saw” war games And went to church the next day and said she couldn’t stop thinking about my legs and my cloak!” Hines told the Express.

Diana Gabaldon previously had doubts about Sam Heughan

More than two decades after Gabaldon created the character of Jamie Fraser, outlander Producer Maryl Davis and showrunner Ronald D. Moore began the casting process for the Starz series.

Davis and Moore soon cast Heughan in the role, but he was an unknown actor and Gabaldon was suspicious. The author found Heughan “bizarre” based on the photographs of his early work, where he played mostly “strange roles”.

The ‘Outlander’ writer now has a cute nickname for Sam Hugana

The author told Tim Downey and David Berry about his excluded Podcast that the photos she saw on Google didn’t convince her that Heughan could be Jamie. But when she finally saw the video of her audition, she quickly changed her mind.

“Maryl and I were both holding our chests when we auditioned for Sam thinking, ‘Oh my god, this is really him,'” Gabaldon revealed. She added that he “didn’t like her pictures at all.” And within seconds, it was like “Jamie Fraser was there.”

Diana Gabaldon clutches her chest at ‘Outlander’ star Sam Heughan audition and promotes ‘Oh my God, this is actually him’

Fast forward almost a decade later, and Gabaldon and Heughan are so good friends that the author has a nickname outlander Star.

Starz drama wouldn’t be the same without him

When a fan recently congratulated Heughan on his “castiversary”—the day Heughan’s casting was announced in 2013—he replied with thanks and gave a shout-out to Gabaldon.

“Awww thank you all for supporting us and making the work so worthwhile! What a journey, what a character! Many thanks to Gabs himself. x @Writer_DG,” Heughan wrote.

That’s when Gabaldon shouts for Heughan to reveal his surname. She wrote, “For you too, Shaggs! There wouldn’t be the same show without you, and Jamie and I are so obliged.”

The ‘Outlander’ writer and star have shared a kiss

Gabaldon has been very involved in the creative process of the Outlander TV series over the past eight years and has become extremely close to the cast and crew. It’s clear from her Twitter feed that she’s having a good time with both Heughan and Caitriona Balfe (Claire Fraser).

The author’s relationship with Heughan is so good that sharing a kiss between two people has been caught. In 2015, they were at RingCon in Germany when cameras caught the two sharing a kiss. The pair were on stage for a Q&A session when the picture was taken of them closing their lips. Fans began to lose their cool upon seeing the image, so Gabaldon had to clear things up.

‘Outlander’ writer Diana Gabaldon explains something after being caught lip-syncing with Sam Heughan

“We just had a successful show and everybody was kissing / embracing everyone on stage,” Gabaldon wrote on Twitter. “Gary kissed me about ten seconds after that, and Graham kissed me before Sam was.”

outlander Season 6 is set to premiere on Starz in early 2022.



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