Outlander’s Sophie Skelton Talks Brianna Being Misunderstood and Forgiving Jamie

The Droughtlander continues while the cast and crew film season five of Outlander in Scotland, which will be based on Diana Gabaldon’s The Fiery Cross.

But they did take a break from filming for Sam Heughan (Jamie), Caitriona Balfe (Claire), Sophie Skelton (Brianna), Richard Rankin (Roger), executive producer Maril Davis, executive producer/writer Toni Graphia and production designer Jon Gary Steele to attend Starz’s FYC event in Century City, Calif., to promote season four of Outlander for the current awards season.

While the cast was in town, Parade.com got an exclusive interview with Skelton — also see the previous exclusive interview with Heughan — to talk about both season four and season five.

What are Brianna’s challenges for season five?

One of the things I’ve always wanted to keep with Bree, throughout all this series, is to show that she is a modern woman in the way she walks, her demeanor, the way she talks, everything. Obviously, she would have to hold herself back a little bit and hold back any modern words. Often, I want to throw in an “okay,” just to remind us that Bree is from a different time, but she has to be careful who she lets that slip in front of.

Brianna might slip up and say something when she is angry, and in terms of how she walks and things, I wanted to keep that very ‘60s vibe in her, but, actually, once you’re in a corset, that’s very difficult to do because you can’t really move.

But for Bree, she’s still struggling, obviously, with her PTSD [from her rape at the hands of Stephen Bonnet (Ed Speelers)]. So, we’re still showing that, but she’s now at a different stage of it. It’s really wonderful to play how women’s ways of dealing with things can progress, or regress. And, then, she’s a mother now, too, so, I think that’s a great thing to play.



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