8 things you (maybe) didn't know about Caitriona Balfe

8 things you (maybe) didn't know about Caitriona Balfe

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Former model, Irish actress Caitriona Balfe has become known to the general public thanks to the Outlander series. She is playing in the film "Le Mans 1966" alongside Matt Damon and Christian Bale.

1 / FAMILY - Caitriona Balfe was born on October 4, 1979 in Dublin, Ireland. She grew up in the small town of Tydavnet, located in the county of Monaghan, a few kilometers from the border with Northern Ireland, with her three brothers and three sisters. Her father was a police officer. Her first name is simply Katrina.

2 / MODEL - In 1999, student in theater, she was spotted by a talented hunter from the Ford agency while she was volunteering in a Dublin shopping center. Direction Paris for the young Caitriona who managed to convince her parents to forget her studies for a year. His first job? Parade for Kenzo's 30th birthday. "How did I end up there? I will never know! I was behind the scenes and I had to follow Iman on the podium, said Caitriona. I had flat shoes that were too small when she looked like a gazelle with her beautiful heels. And she was standing next to David Bowie. I was amazed! It was David Bowie and Iman! I was a child. It was really pretty crazy. I had no idea what was going on. happening. "

3 / PODIUMS - This modeling experience (which, she admitted, was never a passion) was to last only one year. But Caitriona Balfe continued the adventure for more than eight years. Thanks to her profession, she has lived in France, Italy, Germany, Japan and mainly in New York: she has worked for the biggest brands, whether Calvin Klein, Gucci, Chanel, Dior, Louis Vuitton, H & amp; M, Marc Jacobs, Valentino, Cacharel, Roberto Cavalli, Givenchy, Dolce & amp; Gabbana, Narciso Rodriguez, etc. In 2002, she even participated in the Victoria's Secret lingerie show.

4 / REBOUND - In 2006, when she lived in New York, Caitriona Balfe did extras in Le diable s'habille en Prada. Three years later, she chose to permanently stop modeling to continue her acting career. She moved full time to Los Angeles, where her boyfriend of the time lived, a screenwriter, and took acting classes: "I started from scratch. I had no manager, no agent and I hadn't played in almost a decade. "

5 / BEGINNINGS - After small roles in the cinema in Super 8, Crush (a horror film), Elusive and Escape (with Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger), in the science fiction web series H +, in 2013, she appeared in music videos for songs First Fires, by Bonobo, and Chloroform, by Phoenix (directed by Sofia Coppola). That year, she especially won the main role of Claire Randall in the adaptation for the small screen of the literary saga Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon. Which, originally, should have become a film with Katherine Heigl in the lead role.

6 / THE ROLE OF HER LIFE - In Outlander, a series mixing adventure and romance, she plays a nurse who, at the end of the Second World War, finds herself plunging two centuries earlier, in 1743, in the Highlands, between two worlds and two men. Broadcast since August 2014 on Starz, the series allowed Caitriona Balfe to obtain four Golden Globes nominations in the best actress category in a drama series. She won two People's Choice Awards for this role.

7 / FANTASY - Caitriona Balfe is very close to Sam Heughan who plays Jamie Fraser (her husband in the past) in Outlander. To the point that some fans of the series fantasize about their true status. "We are not together, sorry to break people's hearts, said the actress. The fans love to imagine that we reproduce the story of Claire and Jamie but it would be, I think, difficult for us to work together and be together. "

Alongside George Clooney and his wife Amal, Jodie Foster, Dominic West, Julia Roberts and Jack O'Connell during the climb of the Money Monster steps in Cannes in 2016.

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