By Nancy M Guillory
An open letter to Mr. Sam Heughan
I know everyone is all a buzz over you being named one of the sexiest men alive and in the top five too!
Granted, it is an honor you deserve, (you bust your butt at the gym) although let's face it, your parents also deserve much of the credit considering how well you turned out.
I'm writing this letter because as a huge fan of Diana's books and the show, I wish fans would be more vocal about the quality acting, writing, directing, production, set design, costuming and all the effort that goes into adapting such an epic story into the best hour of television, bar none!
Now, I know we've never met and likely never will, but I have to applaud you for the image you present, especially for someone who is dealing with so much unaccustomed attention all of a sudden. I appreciate the fact that you always make time for fans, when I know sometimes you surely must want to run and hide to get a moments peace, so I admire your good manners, fortitude and kindness, attributes that are just as sexy in a man as his appearance. Like my mama used to say, a man's looks aren't important, because if he's kind to animals, old ladies and little kids, he's probably a good man, and women are going to be all over him.
Anyway, when I heard that my favorite books were going to be made into a television series, I was both thrilled and apprehensive, as I'm sure all of Diana's fans were. From the first episode, I was instantly enthralled and continually delighted from week to week with each hour long adaptation. Therefore, on behalf of the millions of readers who've loved Jamie Fraser for over twenty years, thank you for bringing him to life for us.
Naturally, there have been scenes female fans have enjoyed way more than others, and I'd be a damn liar if I said I didn't, but I want you to know that many of your fans see beyond your physical charms and appreciate your amazing acting skills.
The entire cast is amazing and you and your cast mates have made us laugh, weep, want to commit murder, (you know who) want to bitch slap one character, (oh wait, Claire did that for us, thanks whoever wrote that scene!) and jump off the sofa shouting with joy. (I hosted a weekly Outlander viewing party each episode of season one and I probably owe my neighbors an apology for all the noise.) Each and every one of you, on screen and off, deserve Golden Globes and any other awards given for such impeccable entertainment.
So, thank you Sam for being so gracious and giving, for supporting important charities, helping others get physically fit, and for embodying one of the world's most beloved literary characters. Most of all, thank you Sam, for, well.... just being you.
Oh, one last thing, if you're ever in Louisiana, I know the best whisky bar in Baton Rouge. First dram is on me!
Okay, two last things... could you get Terry Dresbach's autograph for me? She is frigging AMAZING!
Peace, love, & whisky wishes from bayou country!
Nancy McGehee Guillory @NancyMGuillory (Blog queen of whiskyisms.com)