EXCLUSIVE: Why Is 'Outlander' Star Caitriona Balfe Still 'Intimidated' by Claire? Her Surprising Answer!

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There’s just one month to go before “Droughtlander” ends (thank god) and to prepare you for the return of Starz’s super-sexy drama, adapted from author Diana Gabaldon's best-selling book series, we’re going behind the scenes of the first half of season one. The sublime Outlander star Caitriona Balfe – who plays heroine Claire Randall – is taking ETonline on the show’s mesmerizing journey from book to screen.

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Even with eight episodes already under her belt, the ever-humble Irish actress admits she still hasn’t fully wrapped her head around the fact that she’s the one exploring the world Gabaldon and Outlander showrunner Ron Moore have created.

“Sometimes I’m a little intimidated because I’m like, it’s this whole world she’s created and sometimes I feel like we’re at the beginning of this,” exclaims Balfe, dressed in Claire’s signature garb, in your first look at Outlander: Season 1, Volume 1. There are currently eight published books, with Gabaldon working on her ninth.

“It’s been so nice that she’s been supportive and it’s been so nice to have her there as a source to go to,” the 35-year-old actress adds. In fact, Gabaldon even had a memorable cameo as a guest at The Gathering, an experience the 62-year-old writer wrote about extensively on her website.

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Sam Heughan,
who woos Claire as rugged Scotsman Jamie Fraser, is equally excited by each turn of the page – as he should be!

“You think you know these characters and by the time you get to book eight [2014’s Written in My Own Heart’s Blood], they’re completely different or they’ve traveled a long way,” the 34-year-old Scottish actor says of the characters, “and it feels like we’re at the start of that journey.”

If you can’t wait another month, here’s what you have to look forward to – more sexiness, more fighting and more shirtless Jamie (plus an episode told in his POV)!

returns Saturday, April 4 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Starz. Outlander: Season 1, Volume 1, featuring a 32-page book with script excerpts, photos and an intro by Gabaldon as well as deleted scenes and episode commentary, is available on DVD and Blu-ray now.