Sam Heughan stopped by “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” for the first time Thursday and confessed to lying his way through auditions in order to get acting gigs.
The 38-year-old Scottish actor revealed that he is willing to do whatever it takes to land a role, even if it means bending the truth. “I generally tell them anything they want to hear,” Heughan admitted. “As an actor, I’ll just lie. I’ll basically lie and just get myself into a lot of situations.”
He explained that early in his career he would adopt different accents when auditioning, hoping to impress casting directors, though it sometimes led to difficulty.
“When I first came to L.A. I used to pretend I was American, but then they’d ask you where you’re from, so like every spy, you try to stick as close to the truth as possible,” Heughan said. “I’d say I’m from Scotland but my dad is American or Canadian maybe, and then I have to develop this accent that is slightly Scottish, slightly Canadian.
“I’ve said I can ride a horse, juggle, tight-rope walk, all of it.”
The “Outlander” star was on the show to promote his new movie “The Spy Who Dumped Me”, the action comedy starring Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon, which filmed in Budapest.
Heughan told a story about visiting a famous gym while in the Hungarian city and how the gym owner was such a fan that he decided to paint him a portrait, only to later find out that the man had confused him for “The Legend of Tarzan” star Alexander Skarsgard.
Watch the full interview in the video above.
“Outlander” returns for its fourth season this fall on W.