‘1883’ Star Tim McGraw Says It Took a Bit to See Wife Faith Hill as Margaret Dutton

by Leanne Stahulak
Pictured: Tim McGraw as James and Faith Hill as Margaret of the Paramount+ original series 1883. Photo Cr: Sarah Coulter/Paramount+ © 2021 CBS Interactive . All Rights Reserved.

Family members or romantic partners work together in TV and film scenes all the time. But it was a totally surreal experience for “1883” star Tim McGraw and his wife, Faith Hill.

Though they’ve both acted in the past, “1883” will be the first production that they’ve starred in together. McGraw plays James Dutton, the ancestral patriarch of “Yellowstone’s” modern-day John Dutton. His wife, Margaret Dutton, is played by Hill.

Earlier this week, McGraw sat down with CBS Mornings to talk about his and Hill’s role in the series. At one point, the interviewer brought up an intimate bathtub scene between Hill and McGraw that viewers caught in one of the previews.

When asked if he sees Margaret Dutton or Faith Hill when he looks into her eyes for that scene, McGraw replied, “It took a bit to see Margaret and not Faith.”

The “1883” star continued, “It was interesting to do that scene together because we felt like we were giving up a little bit a part of our life. But once we realized that we were in character and sort of just fell into character and speaking our lines, it became pretty natural as Margaret and James.”

It’s understandable that the two might feel a little exposed in the scene. Not only are they both naked, but they’re sharing an intimate side to their marriage that viewers and the public never see. But it’s nice that once they “fell into” their characters, they were able to separate the scene from their personal lives.

“So it worked out pretty well,” McGraw concluded. “But we were glad it was over, I can tell you that.” Then, the country singer cheekily added, “But I did like the rehearsal.” We’re sure he and Hill both did.

‘1883’ Star Faith Hill Talks That Intimate Bathtub Scene

Earlier this month, “1883” star Faith Hill sat down with PEOPLE magazine to talk about keeping her marriage with Tim McGraw separate from the characters they portray in the show. Like McGraw said above about the bathtub scene, that was one of the hardest scenes for Hill to shoot too.

“It was really uncomfortable for me personally because I’m a very shy person in that type of situation,” Hill told the outlet. “I obviously feel comfortable with my husband, but this is different. For intimate scenes, I feel like that belongs to us.”

It took a while for them to settle into their characters, from what McGraw said above. Hill also mentioned that creator Taylor Sheridan “closed the set” on the day they filmed that scene. As few people were present as possible, giving the couple time to find their own way forward with it. “And it turned out to be beautiful,” Hill said.

Make sure you catch Hill and McGraw in “1883” this coming Sunday, Dec. 19, on Paramount Plus.