For Outlander followers who’ve come to know Sophie Skelton in her function as Brianna Fraser through the years, it’s in all probability simpler to examine her chopping wooden on Fraser’s Ridge versus standing up on a pair of pointe sneakers—however we reside for duality, and Skelton, after all, is greater than able to each.
Lengthy earlier than becoming a member of the solid of Outlander, Skelton skilled as a classical ballet dancer for years. In her “What She’s Having” interview for StyleCaster, the British actress opened up about her expertise as a dancer, revealing that there was as soon as a time in her life when she felt considerably “embarrassed” by the craft. “Rising up, ballet was all the time checked out as this factor that little women do in little skirts. However I used to be such a tomboy rising up,” Skelton stated. In keeping with Skelton, her mother wasn’t all the time the largest fan of this—particularly when it got here to being the one woman in Boy Scouts. Skelton continued, “I feel for a very long time I used to be sort of embarrassed.”
Nevertheless, there got here a time when Skelton acknowledged the worth of her ballet coaching. “Now, I really feel like I can recognize the power it gave me,” Skelton stated. “Subconsciously, it taught me a lot about powering by way of issues, powering by way of ache, thoughts over matter, stamina and really simply getting stuff performed. They all the time say, in order for you one thing performed, give it to a busy particular person. And I really feel like now, I can really embrace that and be glad about that.”
For many people, these rising pains are all simply part of the journey—and Skelton is aware of this firsthand. Since becoming a member of the solid of Outlander, Skelton acknowledges that her “confidence” has solely grown. Now, she has no drawback standing up not just for herself however even for her Outlander castmates. “My confidence has grown much more,” she advised StyleCaster in her characteristic for the March 2022 Comeback Situation. “Being on a present for six years, it simply provides you extra space to discover, to talk up and defend individuals.”
After all, these moments of progress and self-discovery aren’t solely going down on the set of Outlander. Skelton additionally opened up a couple of second between seasons when she discovered herself alone in New York Metropolis after ending a relationship. “I used to be going by way of fairly a nasty breakup and I went to New York for a month and I used to be like, ‘I’m going to return to ballet faculty on my own,’” she stated throughout StyleCaster’s “What She’s Having” video sequence. “I didn’t know anybody in New York. I used to be like, ‘If I can go and be in New York—which is meant to be probably the most lonely and isolating locations—on my own for a month, then I can do something.’”
Skelton says she “embraced” the expertise totally, doing every little thing—together with going to concert events—by herself. “That was in all probability the time the place I used to be like, ‘It’s OK, I can get by way of issues.’”
Take a look at the video above for Sophie Skelton’s “What She’s Having” interview with StyleCaster. You may learn her full interview in StyleCaster’s Comeback Situation right here.
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