The Irish actress and producer Caitriona Balfe was an internationally successful model before she took on her breakout role as Claire Fraser in ‘Outlander.’
But while her earlier career was filled with glamour and glitz, Balfe admits that insecurities were often fuelled by a challenging, competitive environment.
Balfe opened up about her modelling days in a recent interview and outlined the tough circumstances she encountered.
Caitriona Balfe had a highly successful career in modeling
At the age of 18, when she joined the Ford Modeling Agency, Balfe began her international modeling career. She featured in ads, including Levi’s, Dolce & Gabbana and Calvin Klein, for some of the world’s largest fashion houses.
For designers such as Chanel, Givenchy and Victoria’s Secret, she walked the runway, too.
During her modeling years, Balfe and other models were placed in circumstances where their employers did not pay them. Balfe started modeling for BCBG in 2009.
But it chose not to pay her and the other models because the company had financial difficulties.
While her agent told her not to, until she got her money back, Balfe quit working for the brand.
They’re here!!!! Fraser’s and Le McKenzie’s (and what a nice photo shop looks like… or I just had a lip job!!!) Fraser’s Ridge, the whole clan’s home… Pic.twitter.com/r3Ac8YLBQs- Caitríona Balfe (@caitrionambalfe) May 6, 2019 ‘Outlander’: a look back at some of Season 5’s best moments.
Balfe moved to Los Angeles after that and began auditioning for movies. “She landed small parts in movies such as “Super 8,” “Escape Plan” and “Now You See Me.” In 2013, in her breakout role as Claire Fraser, she joined the cast of Outlander.
Balfe has won numerous awards in five seasons, including four Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress.
With her co-star Sam Heughan, she now also works as a series writer.
Caitriona Balfe speaks of the risks of modeling.
Balfe spoke about her time as a model during a recent interview with Angela Scanlon’s Thanks a Million podcast. She explained how the industry’s tough culture made models feel insecure.
“There were always people doing better and being compared to others all the time,”There were always people doing better and always being compared to others. “I think as a young woman in your teens and twenties, it’s hard enough.”
This year, Equality turns 90 and I am proud to be part of their struggle for better, fairer and more equitable pay and conditions, safe places of work and investment in the arts. ‘Outlander’: Why Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe wanted to be series producers so badly #ProudtobeEquity #MyCardMyUnion pic.twitter.com/aBC3P8DRUA- Caitríona Balfe (@caitrionambalfe) February 13, 2019′
“There are so many times where you go to auditions or even fittings for jobs that you’ve supposedly had, and someone in the room would just blast how you look or your lack of personality or that you talk too much,”There are so many times where you go to auditions or even work fittings that you’ve supposedly had, and someone in the room will just blast how you look or lack your charisma or talk too much. “It’s all in front of you. It’s really hard. I have so much admiration for girls who can come through that unscathed.”
The ‘Outlander’ star has talked about insecurities in her body.
Speaking to “Outlander” co-stars David Berry and Tim Downie for their “Outcasts” podcast, while shooting sex scenes on the show, Balfe spoke about her insecurities. The actress indicated that by mentioning that her character Claire does not go to the gym, she has difficulty coping with how her body should look.
Happy Birthday Claire Elizabeth Beauchamp Randall Fraser (102 has never felt so good!!!) pic.twitter.com/wTAl5p2grz- Caitríona Balfe (@caitrionambalfe) October 20, 2020 ‘Outlander’: on set there’s ‘no room for divas or big egos’ says star Caitriona Balfe
Balfe admitted, “You have your own personal shame and vanity and all those things, and you try to leave those at the door, but you also know that if you feel insecure, that’s going to hinder your ability to lose yourself in a scene,” “So it’s always this thing that I struggle with all the time.”
I guess, enough confidence to be able to go into those scenes between leaving my shit at the door and giving myself, and not having to think about whether or not I have cellulite on my ass or whatever those things are that go through your mind,”Between leaving my shit at the door and giving myself, I guess, enough confidence to be able to go into those scenes and not have to think about whether or not I have cellulite on my butt or whatever those things are that go through your mind,” “We’re not flawless people, and it’s hard to live up to expectations sometimes.”