Outlander Star ‘Dreads’ Sex Scenes

Sam Heughan and Catriona Balfe

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Outlander actor Sam Heughan has said he doesn’t look forward to his sex scenes with co-star Catriona Balfe, describing them as “a challenge.”

The 34-year-old star, who plays Jaime on the the show, revealed in an interview with Vanity Fair that the steamy encounters between Jaime and Claire aren’t his favorite part of the job – far from it.

“The days I dread…the more intimate or graphic scenes are, you know, just a challenge, and you just know that you need an extra level of concentration and you need to just work on them a bit harder.”

It’s also – understandably – a bit awkward to watch those scenes once they’re finished, he said.

“Catriona and I watched some episodes together and that was quite weird, to be watching it and be like, ‘What did you think? Was it all right?’”

“That’s kind of quite odd.”

But he’s not too concerned about his mom seeing the show’s racier episodes.

“To be honest, she’s seen worse. I’ve done other things on stage or in other productions that I know she’s sat through and enjoyed, so to speak.”

So, he doesn’t relish fooling around on camera, but which parts of the show does Sam look forward to filming?

“I love the horse riding, and I love the physical stuff and the outdoors stuff, it’s incredible.

“And I also particularly enjoy any days that I’m with the other Highlander boys… they’re such a great bunch of people to bounce off.”