OUTLANDER star Caitriona Balfe accidentally punched her co-star Sam Heughan in the face

OUTLANDER star Caitriona Balfe accidentally punched her co-star Sam Heughan in the face

OUTLANDER star Caitriona Balfe accidentally punched her co-star Sam Heughan in the face during their last screen-test before she got the role, it has been revealed.

Catriona Balfe and Sam Heughan’s audition for Outlander

Fans were gifted a real treat when the Starz show’s third season was released on DVD, as it included the screen leads’ final audition together before Caitriona, 38, was told she’d bagged the role.

The pair acted out a powerful scene from the Amazon Prime series’ first instalment, which followed Jamie Fraser’s (Sam) reaction to Claire’s (Caitriona) disastrous decision to attempt an impromptu escape back to the Standing Stones.

Yet at the end of it, the camera continued rolling and Caitriona admitted that she was so taken up with acting out the passion between the characters that she accidentally swung her hand around at Sam’s face.

Executive producer Ronald D. Moore explained beforehand: “This was a very important stamp before we cast Caitriona because we’d obviously cast Sam many months before, and we were looking for chemistry between the two characters.

Caitriona Balfe
Outlander stars


Outlander: Caitriona Balfe revealed that she accidentally punched Sam Heughan in the face

Sam and CaitSONY

Outlander: Sam and Cait clearly shared a great deal of chemistry from the get go

Sam and CaitSONY

Outlander: Sam and Cait had a powerful final audition together

I think when you grabbed my hand I like punched you in the face

Caitriona Balfe

“We really felt that Cait was probably gonna be the one, but this was the final moment. This was when she literally sealed the deal and got the show, and as you see they’ve sort of already got the shorthand of their characters and there definitely is on-camera chemistry between the two.”

The creator continued with a smile: “After the scene is over we just kind of kept the tape running a little bit, just kind of wanted to see them a little more relaxed and interacting.

“You can see they’re sort of awkwardly aware the camera is still running but nonetheless there is enough spontaneity and genuine affection, and good humour between the two of them that spoke volumes about their potential relationship.”

Clearly struggling to contain their nerves after the audition, Sam broke the ice to try and diffuse the awkwardness of the intense scene between them.

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