Outlander notes: How Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan spent Oscar weekend

OutlanderAs we mentioned last week, some early work is already underway on Outlander season 5 in Los Angeles (queue the celebrations!). With that being said, some high-profile cast members are getting a chance to take part in a few exciting things leading up to what is sure to be a busy stretch of time for them in Scotland. Do you remember growing up, when you had those couple of weeks before going back to school and you were intent on cramming in as much fun stuff as possible? This is what this past weekend feels like for many of the show’s cast members.

Consider today’s Outlander Notes to be your venue for insight on how Sam Heughan, Caitriona Balfe, Richard Rankin, and Sophie Skelton took part in some key events across the West Coast of the United States. It was Oscar weekend, so many of them too part in events attached to that!

Before we dive in, be sure to check out our new video from yesterday at the bottom of this piece! In it, we discuss our latest season 5 hopes for none other than Jamie Fraser! It’s a part of our weekly Outlander Character Questions series, and you can subscribe to CarterMatt on YouTube to make sure you don’t miss any of our show updates during the hiatus. Also, be sure to check out our official playlist.

Sam Heughan – Sam had quite the eventful weekend! He made an appearance at the Independent Spirit Awards red carpet on Saturday before making an appearance at the big-time Vanity Fair party (you know, the one everyone wants to be at?) following the Oscars last night.

For those of you who love all things time-travel TV, you probably will get a laugh from the photo below, taken by Annie Wersching — who plays Emma on the great-and-gone-far-too-soon show Timeless. It is from a separate Oscar party over the weekend. (We like to think that there is a magic portal on Oscar weekend that celebrities go through, moving from one special event to the next.)

Caitriona Balfe – Meanwhile, Balfe made quite a splash at a number of events over the weekend, including some outfit changes and, of course, some interviews. Check out one below (via Variety’s Twitter), where she pours on the love for Olivia Colman following her Oscars win. Who doesn’t love Olivia Colman? She’s been a British television icon for years and it’s a thrill that she’s made it to the top of the podium.

Caitriona, of course, also has a personal connection to Colman — both have played fictional spouses of Tobias Menzies! You certainly know Frank Randall, and Menzies is set to be Prince Philip to Colman’s Queen Elizabeth on the upcoming season 3 of Netflix’s The Crown.

Related – Check out our list of the definitive season 4 performances from Balfe

Sophie Skelton – One of the elements of Oscar weekend that are often under-sold is the charitable impact of some of the events, and that includes the Elton John Aids Foundation’s annual Oscar gala. This event marks a chance for big stars to get together, show off high fashion, and then also give back. Sophie shared one of her looks from the event this weekend on her Instagram — check it out below. Due to Sophie’s breakout season 4 story, we imagine that there will be even more opportunities for her to be at Hollywood events in the future.

Richard Rankin – While so many of his co-stars were soaking up the Los Angeles sun (it was rather nice here yesterday after a pretty rainy cold front the past few weeks!), Rankin was instead up in Portland taking part in their iteration of Wizard World Comic-Con. The man is a bona fide treasure at conventions, offering humor, charm, and plenty of heart. If you are going to attend some of these events, you have to be ready for some of the passion your fans have — they’ve, more than likely, been waiting for hours and spent a great deal of money just to spend a few moments with you. In turn, you gotta be on your A-game — Richard’s one of those actors who always seems to give the best to his fans, and also legitimately has a good time in the process.

One special interview Richard did was with local station KATU 2, which you can check out below. If you love the show, or just love him, you’re gonna love it either way.

That’s all for today’s Outlander notes! Hopefully, we’ve given you a rather-nice picture of the past few days from the world of the show. Check back soon for more updates on what’s transpiring with the cast … and hopefully from season 5, as well! (Photo: Starz.)

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