She is beloved for her portrayal of Claire Randall, the femme lost in time on Starz’s Outlander series, but Irish actress Caitriona Balfe continues her Hollywood feature streak this summer with Jodie Foster’s Money Monster after appearing in such pics as Super 8, Now You See Me and Escape Plan.
In Money Monster, which premiered at Cannes out of competition on Thursday and has since racked up close to $18M through four days at the domestic B.O., Balfe plays Diane Lester, the corp comm executive for Ibis Capital. The company has just lost $800M, making joe schmo stockholder Kyle Budwell (Jack O’Connell) a financial casualty. He takes out his frustration by taking financial talk show host Lee Gates (George Clooney) hostage on-air.
As Balfe describes here, when preparing for the part, she found inspiration in Alayne Fleischmann, the JP Morgan Chase lawyer-turned-whistleblower who provided evidence that resulted in a $9B settlement by the financial corp to the U.S. government. Says Balfe about Fleischmann’s story, “I likened it to Diane’s where you’re in a company and it’s that slow awakening of conscience where you start to realize what’s happening around you, then you become a truth seeker.” When it came to working with Foster, Balfe says “I expected her to be a good actor’s director. … Once we got to set, she’s very clear — I wouldn’t say hands off, but she kept it very simple and there was a nice short hand there.” In addition, Balfe shared with us her fave moments from Outlander Season 2.