‘1883’ Star Faith Hill Opens Up About How They Got Involved in Show

by Liz Holland
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‘1883’ star Faith Hill opened up in an interview recently about how she and her husband, Tim McGraw, got involved with the show. In an interview with Parade, Hill takes a moment to ponder if the pair had any reservations about diving headfirst into such a huge project. Hill says, “I mean, let me think about the best way to answer this,” she says. McGraw and Hill first got involved years ago, Hill says. The pair watched the western-mystery movie Wind River, directed by Taylor Sheridan. “We were like, ‘Who the hell wrote and directed this? This is so good,’” says Hill. Taylor Sheridan went on to create Yellowstone in 2018, and the ‘1883’ project followed. 

The couple was approached last year to star in the origin story for the Dutton family featured in Yellowstone. After reading Sheridan’s script for the pilot, the couple was hooked on the idea. 

“We were like, ‘We have to do it and go on this adventure together,’” McGraw says. Hill adds, “It begins with a song. If the song is right, then you don’t give it a second thought, because writing is a real craft that should be respected. We read the material and we were like, ‘How can we not do it?’”

‘1883’ Becomes an Integral Part of McGraw and Hill’s Life Together

Faith Hill and Tim McGraw say being a part of ‘1883’ has been amazing for them, including on a personal level. The pair spent their 25th wedding anniversary on location for the show and invited their daughters to join them. Although some may find it surprising to be excited about spending such a big day at work, Hill and McGraw say they wouldn’t have it any other way.  “What more could you ask for? We’re working together on our 25th anniversary on an incredible show with great people,” says Hill. 

Despite the family’s love for the project, that’s not to say it’s all been easy. Hill told People Magazine that she struggled to portray intimate moments with her husband on screen. “It was really uncomfortable for me personally because I’m a very shy person in that type of situation,” Hill said. “I obviously feel comfortable with my husband, but this is different. For intimate scenes, I feel like that belongs to us.” McGraw also told Parade of the difficulties that come with filming on location in sometimes inclement weather. However, according to McGraw, it allows the work to be that much more authentic. “You really begin to realize that people sacrificed everything on these wagon trains. Human nature is revealed,” says McGraw. 

Overall, the couple seems more than happy with their decision to participate in the project. The actor and actress certainly have nothing but good things to say about the other’s talent. McGraw tells Parade about a scene he and Hill filmed, saying “We were face to face and staring into each other’s eyes, and I walked away going, ‘Damn, my wife is good.’”

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