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Outlander stars reveal who they imagine when reading the books — and it's not who you think

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By now, most fans of Outlander who are discovering Diana Gabaldon’s book series for the first time probably picture Caitriona Balfe as the WWII nurse Claire and Sam Heughan as Jamie, her Highlander hottie. Right?

Not so for the actors, it seems. At Tuesday’s A-List event sponsored by Entertainment Weekly, a fan asked the series’ stars who they imagine playing the characters when reviewing the tomes. Balfe, in particular, had a surprising answer. Watch below.

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.