Lynette Rice
September 06, 2017 at 03:24 PM EDT

No fan forgets how they felt when they first laid eyes on Sam Heughan as Jamie or Caitriona Balfe as Claire on Outlander. But was it the same jaw-dropping experience for the two actors?

At Wednesday’s A-List event sponsored by Entertainment Weekly, we asked the actors to remember their initial encounter. Was it everything fans would imagine it would be? Full of sparks and hugs?

“Some people, you walk into the room and they are really poser-y and they’ve got a lot of ego,” explained Balfe, before joking, “that didn’t come ’til much later with him.” (At least, we think she was joking!)

The actors also revealed who they picture when they read Diana Gabaldon’s best-selling Outlander books. Hint: It’s not who you think. You can see that here.

On Tuesday, EW kicked off its series of subscriber-only events with the red carpet premiere of Outlander in New York City. The event included a special screening of the season 3 premiere and a Q&A with Balfe and Heughan. For highlights, click here.

The third season of Outlander debuts this Sunday on Starz.

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