Outlander’s Claire Fraser star details heartbreaking storyline ‘It killed me’

Outlander’s Claire Fraser star details heartbreaking storyline ‘It killed me’

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Outlander fans adore Claire (played by Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie Fraser’s (Sam Heughan) daughter Brianna (Sophie Skelton), as she has become as integral to the storyline as her parents. However, Claire had another daughter, named Faith, before Brianna was born. Tragically, Faith was stillborn. In an unearthed interview actress Caitriona opened up about the heartbreaking storyline which “nearly killed” her.

The Irish actress detailed the challenges of filming Claire losing her daughter, Faith, in season two of the Starz show, describing the experience as “heartbreaking”. 

Claire lost Faith after going into labour early as she raced to prevent Jamie from duelling with Captain Jack Randall (Tobias Menzies). 

She had to be rushed to hospital where her baby was stillborn, leaving her distraught. 

Baby Faith was then buried by the nuns in L’Hopital des Anges, in France. 

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The 41-year-old star confessed she cried when she first read the script as it was so “beautifully written” by Toni Graphia.

Caitriona explained the script was “very poetic” and there were beautiful moments weaved into it – but one moment in particular was incredibly emotional. 

She said: “The moment that killed me when I read it was the moment Claire sings to her baby. She sings this very beautiful rendition of ‘Beside the Seaside’. 

“It was heartbreaking – even now I get goosebumps thinking about it because it’s the love of a mother and a child. The love of a mother and child – I don’t think anything could compare to that.

The actress explained how much her character Claire had wanted to be a mother and never really thought was possible. 

She said: “Just as everything was coming together for Claire, it unravelled in the worst way.” 

Despite the heartache of losing Faith, Jamie and Claire went on to have another daughter Brianna.

However, the loss of Faith is very much part of Claire’s character now.

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Speaking to Gold Derby, Caitriona shared details about how many people reached out to her saying they were affected by Claire’s storyline. 

“Sometimes [actors] can be cathartic to people or we can give a voice to something people may have buried deep inside in their own lives because they haven’t had the opportunity, or don’t feel comfortable talking about it,” she added.

“Lots of people have reached out to me saying they have been affected by [the storyline], and I know so many affected by it and that was really one of the things that was with me when I was filming it in Glasgow Cathedral.”

She said filming inside the historic cathedral made her wonder how many other women had been there in decades gone by to search for solace following the loss of a baby or loved one. 

When reflecting on filming inside the ancient building, Caitriona said she felt very “grateful” and “humbled” to be shooting in that particular place for the show. 

“As an artist you are very grateful when everything comes together in the right space at the right time,” she added. 

“When you are getting ten months into 14 hour days all the time, I can imagine on something less [exciting], things would get a little stale.” 

Outlander season six will premiere early 2022 on Starz in the USA and air on Amazon Prime Video in the UK.

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