PaleyFest 2015: Our Liveblog Coverage of the Outlander Panel- Whiskey, Key Rings, & Sex Symbol Sam Heughan

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*WILL BE CONTINUOUSLY UPDATED THROUGHOUT THE EVENT*

OUT1B_Key_Art_1440x651vgntThursday, March 12th (7:00pm)

Moderator: Kristin Dos Santos (E! News and E! Online)

Panelists: Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies, Diana Gabaldon (Author), Ronald D. Moore (EP, Writer)

 

 

 UPDATED AT 8:10PM PST

  • “Was it worth the wait?”- Kristin Dos Santos
  • Santos reveals that they won’t reveal anything about the new episode that they just showed the audience. Oh well.
  • Tobias Menzies squints. Those stage lights must be killer.
  • The gang’s all here. The fans are screaming like crazy

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  • Santos promises that it won’t be boring.
  • Drinking game for the panelists? Outlander Whiskey? Excellent!
  • They’re legitimately drinking. Playing “Ner have I err.” Every time Santos says something that they’ve done, they have to sip
  • They have to drink if they’ve worn a kilt off the show. Balfe is the first to sip
  • “Never have I ever cried from something a fan said.”
  • “Never have I played a prank on a co-star” A round of drinks.
  • Asked if they’ve ever gone skinny dipping on set. More drinks!

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UPDATED AT 8:22PM PST

  • I think that Heughan is getting drunk.
  • “Never have I ever gotten the giggles during a sex scene.” Lots of drinking and “Spoiler Alert.”
  • Balfe says she’s almost finished her drink.
  • Santos says that they’re all feeling tipsy.
  • Real question time: “How did you know you’d have chemistry?”
  • Balfe jokes that producers measure chemistry with a barometer. She says that the chemistry was immediate. That’s a hard thing to find.
  • They accidental almost both punched each other.
  • Diana Gabaldon and Ronald D. Moore say that Balfe and Heughan were tailor made to play the characters

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UPDATED AT 8:30PM PST

  •  The second half of the season is teased as darker.
  • “How many of you have read the book?” Cheering so loud it blew out the speakers.
  • Moore tease an unexpected finale. A satisfying, culminating, and complete season ending.
  • Gabaldon jokes that she liked seeing Heughan shirtless and tortured on screen. Cut to Heughan biting his lip.
  • “How much did you know about the books?” Menzies jokes that he probably wouldn’t have signed up if he read the books.
  • Heughan says that the relationship between Jamie and Claire leads to a strange and interesting place. “Satisfying.” Fan cheers. Me thinks a double entendre.

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UPDATED AT 8:36PM PST

  • We’re playing the newlywed game!
  • Santos calls Jamie and Claire a trans-century couple.
  • Balfe jokes that inside Heughan is a valley girl. Where’s Nicholas Cage at?
  • They’re trying to guess what Balfe says all the time. “I mean, I know the bad words that I say all the time.”
  • Heughan writes “make mine a double.” Balfe writes “Shit.” This panel is the best.
  • Their hilarious moment? Heughan cheats and looks at Balfe’s board. They both agree that the scene is in episode four when Heughan tries on shirts.

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  • Santos: “Anyone want to help Sam put his shirt on?” So much loud cheering. What a rowdy crowd.
  • Santos: “Anyone need Sam to wake you up with a kiss?”
  • “Favorite moment between each other.” Balfe writes “the boat,” Heughan writes “All of them.”
  • Heughan ” The boat?!”

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UPDATED AT 8:42PM PST

  • Gabaldon calls Laurel and Anghus the 18th century Laurel and Hardy.
  • Moore put back a scene that Gabaldon said fans would miss. Cheers! I love how these two creatives work together. Filmmaking is all about the give and take.
  • “If you have good writers to work with and good material to work with, all things are possible.” – Moore. That was generally what he said. And he’s right. It’s all about the writing.
  • “It’s a different experience to read something and watch something. What you’re doing on screen obligates you to continue what you’re doing.” – Moore. Listen all you die-hard book lovers, it’s a visual medium we’re talking about here. Things have to change.
  • Moore doesn’t have a master plan for season five and seven. Damn, I knew this show wasn’t going anywhere.

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UPDATED AT 8:47PM PST

  • Moore compliments Game of Thrones. Excellent. These shows mirror image each other so much.
  • Moore talks about serving fans of the book and newbie fans of the show. Damn, he gets it! Someone call Warner Bros about their DC movies, because they need to hear this.
  • Menzies calls his characters brilliant. How does he do it? “Try and serve the theme of the story, trust the production.” He calls it a subtle difference. “I find it a hard question to answer.” He brings it back to complimenting every facet of production, especially the writing. I respect his mantra, what a fantastic performer.
  • Moore and Menzies consistently cite the costuming for the work they do. That’s so fantastic! I love to see a production understand that every part of the production lends the final product.

UPDATED AT 8:52PM PST

  • Time for Kill, Marry, Screw! Santos says: “Kilt, Marry, Screw!”
  • Balfe says that she would kill Father Bain, marry Black Jack, and screw Jamie. Is it getting hot in here? This chemistry is potent!
  • Santos asks if they want awards. Moore’s answer is excellent, candid, and real. “It’s a bit of a crapshoot.” “I’ll trust that what we’ve done is bigger than that.”
  • Santos: “This is an award.” (Talking about PaleyFest)

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  • Who would you love to play? Everyone: “Black Jack.”
  • Work on any other show for a day? Moore: “Vikings. It delivers a completely alien culture.” More is KILLING it tonight.
  • Paley App Fan question. If you could do any other play, movie, or show with cast-mates. Menzies: “Bewitched.” Heughan says that Menzies could play Lady Macbeth.
  • Balfe says that they should all be the Von Trap children. Cue the signing!
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The smile and the smoulder

UPDATED AT 8:58PM PST

  • Could you anticipate such a passionate fan base? Balfe says she was thankful she was living in a bubble of naivety. She says that it’s been incredible. “It’s wonderful to be apart of something so powerful.”
  •  A fan asks if Sam is running the marathon. Balfe: “Ladies, remember, no touching.” I hope they have a fence between Heughan and the audience.

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UPDATED AT 9:01PM PST

  • Does Gabaldon have a Randall family tree? She says that she leaves it to the nitpickers.
  • Sam made Santos a ring out of old keys? Is there anything this guy can’t do?
  • Good audiences questions get rings made by Sam. I hope that dude gets them to sing a per-marital.
  • “Does anybody need more whiskey?” All yes. Here, here!
  • A fans asks Gabaldon is it was always going to be a series, not just one book. She says that she wrote Outlander for practice so she could learn how to write a novel. About making the first book longer, she says “I thought I should stop while I could still lift it.”
  • It started with three books…then more. “There still is.” She and George R.R. Martin should start a writer’s group.

UPDATED AT 9:07PM PST

  • Will there be a commentary and outtakes on the DVD? Who the hell still buys DVDs?
  • I haven’t seen a man in the audience yet.
  • Question for Sam about the pressure of being a sex symbol. “Sex symbol? I have no idea. Has a lot of sex though.”
  • Sam tries to do all his own stunts! He thanks the crew and production. The panelists honestly seem like genuine people.
  • Santos: “Do you have a butt double?” Oh, the cheers. “That’s all the magic of CGI.”
  • Fan question: “What do your families think of this?”
  • Balfe says that she didn’t know if her father saw it, because he never said anything. Sam- “He’s seen it.”

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UPDATED AT 9:14PM PST

  •  Ann Kinney wrote and directed episode 7 – the wedding. “Did she get paid as much as the men?” Fantastic question. This Paley is awesome.
  • Did Moore make a conscious decision for a woman to write and direct. The press loved it, talked about woman’s gaze and female point of view. “Lets just make this true and authentic.” – Moore. Fantastic!
  • “Let’s not make this tv sex, which is bogus and none of us actually have.”
  • “Ironically when you do something truthful, it becomes a woman’s point of view.”- Moore.

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UPDATED AT 9:16PM PST

  • That’s it! All in all, not much new about the show learned, but it was a fantastic, fun, and enlightening evening with a brilliant group of creatives. Who’s excited for Outlander‘s return? It’s fantastic to see a show deal with love and sex without the blatant sexism that comes with most television shows. Moore and Gabaldon appear to have a fantastic working relationship, and the chemistry between Balfe and Heughan is real. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for the next chapter of Outlander!
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