In honor of her Golden Globe nomination, I’m re-sharing my personal ‘Love Letter’ to Caitriona Balfe which I wrote last year. We’re so lucky to have this gracious, kind and classy woman as our Claire and my fingers and toes are crossed for her tonight. Huge best wishes to you tonight Sweet Lady!!!
As far back as I can remember, I was not the kind of person who was a ‘fan-girl’ of any specific actor or actress. There were singers whose voices I loved like Kristin Chenoweth and actresses in parts that I admired like Greer Garson in Mrs. Miniver, but that’s as far as I went…until now. But, right here, right now, I’m outing myself. I’m a real-live, fan-girl and from now on, it’s all about ‘The Balfe.’ Yes, I’ve decided to try to make ‘The Balfe’ a thing. I’m pretty sure I won’t be successful, but like Cher, Madonna and Beckham, I think she deserves to be a ‘one-namer’.
There’s SO much to admire and fan-girl about, that I’m not even sure where to begin. But let’s plunge in, shall we? Here are the top 8 times, I loved ‘The Balfe’:
1) When ‘The Balfe’ was announced as the actress who would play Claire Fraser and the photo appeared with her wearing the plaid dress with her hair in the soft 1940’s ‘do’ with her face almost free of make-up, I jumped out of my chair shouting ‘it’s her, it’s her’! I’d only waited 20 years to see Claire and suddenly there she was in living color, exactly as I pictured her.
2) This purple dress. How many actresses in her position would have shown up to a Red Carpet Event wearing a sheer dress and hooker shoes? I’m guessing the majority of them. But not ‘The Balfe.’ She wore THIS gorgeous purple dress to the mid-season Outlander premiere in New York and blew us all away. This look is reminiscent of glamorous 1940’s dames like Greer Garson and Myrna Loy and, man oh man, she pulled it off.
3) ‘The Balfe’ is gracious and kind, and always remains above the fray. I’ve recently become aware of some truly cuckoo-bird shenanigans in the fandom, yet she is able to dip her toe in just far enough that we know she’s around, but not so far, that she gets bit. We could all learn how to interact with crazies in our every day life from watching her. (Pictured below is my favorite fictional crazy woman of all time, Gladys Kravitz from Bewitched!)
4) Her sense of humor. All you need to do is watch an interview with her Outlander co-stars, (you remember the hunky guy in the kilt and the English dude?) or out-takes where she gets the giggles and see that ‘The Balfe’ is someone who likes to keep on the sunny side of life. Cuz let’s face it, life is too short, and we need to laugh more. I for one, will take my cue from her and laugh when and as often as I can!
6) I have confessed more than once to loving animals almost as much (or more) than I love actual human beings. Anyone who follows The Balfe on Twitter knows she loves her cat, Eddie, and has posted multiple photos of her. She is well on her way to #FutureCatLadyStatus and that makes me love her most of all. I’d be willing to bet she even has an over-sized, t-shirt with Eddie’s photo on it that she schleps around her house in on her days off. If any of you know for a fact this isn’t true, please don’t tell me. I want to live happily in my little dream world cuz I like it here. 🙂
7) Her tenacity. Her work ethic. Her, dare we say it….pluck. We’ve heard many times from the cast and even Show Runner, Ron Moore and Costume Designer, Terry Dresbach that ‘The Balfe’ spent weeks running around the freezing cold Highlands in a thin white dress, never once uttering a word of complaint while the men were wrapped in wool and the crew wore their parkas. Well done Ms. Balfe!
8) Last, but definitely, not least. The woman can act. She’s proven time and time again that she’s got The Chops. And l’m very grateful to the Outlander Casting swami/gurus who found her, plucked her up from amongst the gazillions of women yearning for this part and plopped her back down again in Scotland because she was born for this role. I don’t even want to contemplate going back to a world where I can’t watch her on my TV screen. ‘The Balfe’ will win a Bafta, an Emmy and every award the Industry offers. It’s only a matter of time.
This sums up the reasons for my first official fan girl experience. I’m proud to share my love of ‘The Balfe’ with those of you who love her too! Now, if we can only survive Droughtlander Part 2 and make it to Dragonfly In Amber in one piece, I’ll be a happy woman. Maybe there will be a miracle and Starz will even tell us when that will be. We can always dream, right?
Author’s note: Most photos are property of Starz, others have stamps on them, some I could not find the source. If some kind person would tell me (very slowly and clearly cuz I’m a techno-dork) how to put the little ‘Source’ thingie next to the photo so I could credit the right person, I’d be forever grateful. For now, you have to read the stamp on the photo, assume it’s Starz or know that I don’t know. #Yikes
Another Author’s Note: Geez, I’m wordy! If you like the Hepburn/Balfe meme, please feel FREE to share it with your peeps!