Ford v Ferrari: How Claire and Mollie completely differ

Caitriona Balfe in Twentieth Century Fox’s FORD V FERRARI.
Caitriona Balfe in Twentieth Century Fox’s FORD V FERRARI. /

Caitriona Balfe is currently filming Outlander, but she’s also promoting her new movie Ford v Ferrari. Just how do her two characters differ?

While Caitriona Balfe is currently in the final days of shooting Outlander Season 5, she’s also promoting her upcoming movie, Ford v Ferrari. She got the chance to talk about the differences between her two characters, Claire Fraser and Mollie Miles.

Parade brought up the question about the differences. After all, the two characters have some minor similarities, but they are from different time periods, have different passions, and are willing to give up different things for the men they love.

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In a way, both women have given up their lives for the men they love. Claire, a woman from the 20th century, has chosen to remain in the 18th century for Jamie Fraser. After all, he can’t travel through the stones so it’s either be there with him or leave him. Meanwhile, Mollie moved from England to California for her husband’s dream.

This is where the differences come in. Balfe explained that Mollie gave up everything about herself. She became a stay-at-home mom to her and Ken’s son, Peter. While she loved racing too, the focus was on her husband. Not once did she regret that choice or dislike Ken for it. This was something she was willing to do for the love of her husband, working as a team to make sure the family and Ken could both thrive.

Balfe also talked about how Mollie was a woman of her generation. She was somewhat reliant on her husband. While she held Ken accountable for his actions, she also allowed him to be the face of the family. She took a step back from everything, and her destiny was tied to one man.

As for Claire, well, you couldn’t see her giving up everything for Jamie, right? She immediately made herself known as a healer, helping to treat illnesses and injuries that would have otherwise festered. While she and Jamie work as a team, Claire is strong-willed and independent. She isn’t going to rely on Jamie.

It’s funny because Claire is from a similar generation to Mollie Miles. They’re about two decades apart, considering Claire came from the 1940s (at the start) and Mollie’s story is in the 1960s. And yet, Claire is more like a woman from the 21st century. She’s willing to forge her own path, but does make compromises when she needs to.

However, the men in the women’s lives certainly help to add a level of similarity. Both characters are in love with their men and support them. At the same time, both men love and respect their women.

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Are you ready to see Caitriona Balfe take on another role in Ford v Ferrari? What differences are you noticing from the trailer alone? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Ford v Ferrari is out in theaters on Nov. 15.