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What Would You Sacrifice to Become "Jamie Fraser"? Sam Heughan Opens Up About the "Curse" of Playing Him! Get the inside juice
2024/07/05

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"I'm so fortunate to play a character like Jamie Fraser, but it does come with its challenges. It's a role that demands a lot emotionally and physically, but I wouldn't trade it for anything." — Sam Heughan

What would you sacrifice to become Jamie Fraser? For Sam Heughan, the star of Outlander, embodying the iconic Scottish Highlander has been both a blessing and a curse. In a candid revelation, Heughan opened up about the highs and lows of playing one of television's most beloved characters.

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The Beginnings of an Icon

Sam Heughan’s journey as Jamie Fraser began in 2014 when Outlander first hit the screens. Based on Diana Gabaldon's best-selling novels, the show quickly became a phenomenon, catapulting Heughan to international stardom. The role demanded extensive preparation, including long hours in makeup to create Jamie’s signature scars and donning uncomfortable wigs to match the character's fiery red hair​​​​.

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The "Curse" of Fame

While the fame brought by Outlander has been life-changing, Heughan describes it as a double-edged sword. "It's taken over my life," he confessed. The constant spotlight has made it challenging for him to take on other roles, as fans predominantly see him as Jamie Fraser. "People don't know me as Sam," he lamented, highlighting the struggle to break free from the character’s shadow​​.

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