‘Outlander’ Star Sam Heughan Proclaims ‘I’m Proud To Be A Pseudo-Ginger’

Perry Carpenter - Author

Oct. 31 2016, Updated 3:04 p.m. ET

Sam Heughan plays a lot of different roles as Jamie Fraser on Outlander. Heughan’s character is a farmer, a fugitive, and husband to the time-travelling Claire Fraser (Caitriona Balfe). Although Heughan plays a red-headed Scot in the hit series, many fans may be surprised to learn that he isn’t a true red head. However, that doesn’t mean Heughan is ashamed of his character’s ginger status.

In an interview with the Spinoff, Heughan was asked how it felt to be recognized as one of the most famous gingers in the world. In reply, the Outlander star admitted that he is proud of portraying a red-headed character despite not being a ginger himself.

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“The problem is that I’m a fake ginger. It’s kind of upsetting because they really are ginger, and they’re pasty and white as well,” Heughan told the outlet. “Whereas I’ve got that Jamie Fraser, slightly dirty, swarth skin. I’m very proud to be a pseudo-ginger.”

In addition to his pride as a ginger representative, Heughan recently told Lifestyle that he is also proud of his Scottish heritage. Although he was born on the border, Heughan considers himself an “honorary scot” and is very interested in “the history of Scotland and its culture.”


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