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You may have never heard of Sam Heughan, but you should. Here are five fascinating facts about the ‘Outlander’ star.
USA TODAY

There are two important things to know about Sam Heughan: He’s as nice as his social media persona and work on Outlander suggest. And he is that attractive in real life.

Even after a week of nonstop appearances promoting the third season of the hit Starz fantasy drama, (Sundays, 8 ET/PT), he’s all winks and Scottish charm, joking about getting bad takeout salad stuck in his teeth and fanboying over Whoopi Goldberg.

“We’re going on The View, and I’d say 75% of people there were Outlander fans and they were just so enthusiastic, and I’m like, ‘There’s Whoopi Goldberg’!” Heughan, 37, laughs.

He still genuinely seems shocked by how many fans the show has amassed — and there are many — but he’s quick to praise them.

“They were just really happy to see us. I felt very lucky,” he says. “I’m beginning to realize, I don’t think every other TV show has that kind of support.”

That might sound insincere if Heughan didn’t have that rare combination of charisma and humility. At a time when so many of your faves are problematic — the tabloid mess of Hiddleswift and Brangelina, the airing of Joss Whedon’s dirty laundry — that down-to-Earth air feels refreshingly pure.

It’s as if he was plucked from a hilltop in Scotland and dropped into Hollywood. And fans, as well as casting directors and major brands, are eating it up.

“Why did we do it? We met him a little over a year ago in New York at an event we were hosting and he’s just such a nice guy,” says Barbour general manager Tom Hooven about signing Heughan as the fashion brand’s first global ambassador.

The partnership has worked so well they’ve signed him for two more years, and are releasing a collection he helped design later this month.

His lack of pretense may stem from the fact that his 2013 casting in Outlander, the historical fantasy series set in Scotland and based on the best-selling books by Diana Gabaldon, came as Heughan was questioning his career choice.  

“I was a little like, not disillusioned, but certainly looking at my life. I was 30, maybe 33. I had toured a lot, did…