“Outlander” star Sam Heughan talked about his childhood in a recent interview and shared that he often imagined himself as the King of Scotland. The actor is already regarded as the King of Men, and he jokingly admitted that he is now ready to take on the bigger responsibility.

Heughan was recently conferred honorary degrees from Glasgow University and University of Stirling. In an interview with ITV News Border, the “Outlander” actor talked about his degrees and gave credit to Dumfries and Galloway for some of his early experiences that led to him where he is now in her career.

As a child, Heughan had a “very rural upbringing.” The actor revealed that back then he spent a lot of time playing outdoors and imagining that he was the King of Scotland. He said that that kind of an active imagination was a great “playground” for a child, and he looks back at that time in his life very fondly.

His childhood is something that apparently helped him to do the work that he is currently doing, including his work as Jamie Fraser in “Outlander” and the work related to charity. Apart from supporting charity organizations and social causes, Heughan has his own My Peak Challenge initiative that helps people across the globe to connect and help each other to reach their goals.

Talking about Scotland in general, Heughan said that the country has many destinations to offer visitors. Among the activities that people can enjoy are mountain biking and other physical activities. The actor said that it would be wonderful for people to rediscover Galloway and what it has to offer.

The interviewer appears to have picked up on the King of Scotland comment that Heughan made quickly. When asked about it, the actor jokingly said that putting his hat in for being King of Scotland is the way forward for him. If the country gets its independence, the actor has already stated his case for the top job.

Heughan may have grown up from that time when he used to imagine he was King of Scotland, but in a recent post on Instagram the actor confessed that he still likes to daydream sometimes. The “Outlander” star also shared a picture of him getting his degree from University of Glasgow.

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Sam Heughan attends the Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on Feb. 24, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. Getty Images/Dia Dipasupil