It’s all too easy for fans to reduce actors to their parts rather than their whole. That one has amazing eyes. This one has fabulous hair. So-and-so has an incredible body. And the Outlander fandom does its share of abetting this reduction. (I count myself among them since I, too, find it hard not to click “like” or “love” when certain Outlander images and memes cross the social media webosphere. I mean I am human after all!)
Caitriona Balfe seems so damn down-to-earth.
I mean who else would talk on national TV about how she was the whitest Victoria’s Secret model in the show?
She also seems to embrace her sexuality—did you see the “bathing suit” she wore on that runway?—and admits a penchant to have a good time/drink. Before she and Sam learned that you need to be careful about what you post on social media, we regularly got photos of people who’d maybe had a whisky or two at a wrap party.
Caitriona Balfe smacks down cyberbullies.
Cait has been consistent about telling people to do and be better—even though doing so can risk the ire of the trolliest of trolls.
Kindness doesn’t cost a thing. Treat people online as you would someone standing right in front of you. #respecteachother
— Caitriona Balfe (@caitrionambalfe) January 10, 2016
Caitriona Balfe flies her political freak flag high and proud.
Other actors—Mark Ruffalo and Emma Watson, for instance, and, of course, Cait—recognize that reaching a certain level of celebrity is a responsibility in addition to a gift. To coin Spiderman (the movie): “With great power comes great responsibility.” Cait regularly uses her position (despite some negative fan reaction) to advocate against injustice and for positive change. She participated in the Women’s March in Edinburgh, she stood with her Irish sisters and a woman’s right to choose, and she periodically weighs in on some of the more global implications of edicts emanating from the person sitting in the oval office in the White House in the U.S.
In Edinburgh @ 11 am .. I’ll be marching in support of my American sisters and women everywhere. #lovenothate https://t.co/38QF9Qoecm
— Caitriona Balfe (@caitrionambalfe) January 21, 2017
Here’s to all my Irish sisters still fighting for the right to choose. #repealthe8th #InternationalWomensDay pic.twitter.com/HehNdXfsdl
— Caitriona Balfe (@caitrionambalfe) March 8, 2017
— Caitriona Balfe (@caitrionambalfe) October 3, 2016
This is where Cait, the full package of awesome, comes together. Cait understands that as a woman in a position of power, a woman whose voice is actually heard, she has a role to play. Cait understands that beyond everything else, she is a role model for women everywhere. And nowhere was that more obvious than when she was asked recently for the best career advice she had ever received. Her answer: Stand in your power.