So let’s talk about Outlander the show for a second. If for some incredible reason you haven’t heard about Outlander yet, you can watch the first episode for FREE here:
I was lucky enough to be invited to watch the world premiere in San Diego on July 25th.
Once I figured out the logistics of getting myself and the hubs there, we were good to go! Despite having very few instructions or expectations, I was beyond excited to have the opportunity to see the show on the big screen with a thousand other fans, and the cast themselves in our audience as well.
No trip to San Diego during Comic Con is complete without a walk down to the Convention Center. Even if you aren’t lucky enough to get tickets into the center (I wasn’t!) it’s an experience to just be downtown watching all the people dressed up and the activities that are going on outside. I lived in San Diego for years and never really appreciated what a spectacle it really was!
After meeting up with my friends we scoped out Spreckel’s Theater, where the premiere was going to be held. The energy was heightening and we soon headed back to the hotel to get dressed and ready.
While we were getting dressed our lovely cast was having their panel which you can watch here:
Once dressed we headed back to the theater and lined up at Will Call to collect our tickets. I guess I should stop and mention that yes, the hubs is in a kilt. Quite fitting for the show and quite fetching if I do say so myself. Several of the ladies in line got pictures with him, and he blended right in to the handsome men actually working the event. Kilts are hot, you guys. Once through Will Call we went behind the Plaid Carpet and into the theater to find our seats. The whole inside of the theater was decorated with handsome men in kilts, and a set up of odds and ends Claire may have used.
I also had the opportunity to meet some of the cast/crew as they were entering the theater.
Maril, co-executive producer, Bear McCreary, composer. Then Diana Gabaldon (author), and Ron Moore, producer. And Graham McTavish, Dougal.
After seeing all of them walk in and being frozen on the spot I finally got up the nerve to ask for a picture with Tobias Menzies, who is quite possibly the sweetest ever.
Talk about making one a friend of Frank. A doll of a man!
Then walked in Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan, and I took the opportunity to ask Caitriona for a picture.
She complimented my dress, and I thanked her for her hard work and she said she hoped we all enjoyed the show. She stunned me with her beauty and her openness when faced with what is surely an exhausting and overwhelming adventure.
Once in the theater we all took our seats (oh, I also got a picture with Graham McTavish!) and the cast and Diana were introduced, then Bear McCreary and a violinist gave us a concert, and a familiar piece you may have heard was sung.
After the show (which I’ll review later) the cast, Diana, and Ron had a brief Q&A which you can see here:
After the show hubs and I got to walk the plaid carpet, touch the stones, and we were interviewed by Starz on our reaction on the show. You may see us at 1:10 here:
I had the most incredible night. Besides getting to meet some of the cast, I most enjoyed getting to dress up with my friends and watch the show surrounded by people that truly love and appreciate all the hard work that has gone into it. Even my husband has been quoting some of the lines from the first episode.
I have been told by several people in this industry that this was really a once in a lifetime experience. It’s not common for shows to open premiere’s to fans, let alone let the actors sit with an audience of fans and give us the honor of being so close to them that made this. I will treasure the experience knowing that, and be forever grateful that I was able to come and be a part of what will surely be a moment of history, when everyone is watching Outlander and we get many more seasons to come.
Thank you so much to Starz for the invitation, and a wonderful experience.