‘1883’ Stars Talk Filming in Grueling Weather

by Leanne Stahulak
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Rain or shine doesn’t stop Taylor Sheridan, creator of the long-awaited “Yellowstone” spin-off series “1883.”

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, who star in the new series, spoke with Parade earlier this week about the upcoming season premiere of the show. It debuts on Paramount Plus on Sunday, Dec. 19, and we can’t wait to see the cast in action.

Sam Elliott, Billy Bob Thornton, LaMonica Garrett, Isabel May, and even Tom Hanks star alongside Hill and McGraw. During the interview with Parade, Hill and McGraw opened up about how the cast suffered brutal weather conditions on set while filming.

During later, fall months, Hill mentioned how the cast members blew on their hands for warmth and experienced “snot running down our noses.” The weather changed around quite a bit, from the sound of it, throwing off the production schedule.

“You really begin to realize that people sacrificed everything on these wagon trains. Human nature is revealed,” McGraw said of the “1883” filming experience. This isn’t the first time he’s opened up about filming in rough conditions.

McGraw and Eliott spoke with Entertainment Weekly last month about weather conditions in Fort Worth, Texas, where the show initially started filming. “It’s super dusty and super hot. There’s no way around it. At the same time, it’s like every kid’s fantasy to do something like this, to put your chaps on, your cowboy hat, and your gun holsters every day. Then you get on a horse and try to survive this journey.”

Elliott added, “The first month was brutal. It was 100 degrees and not easy.”

From 100 degrees to snot dripping down cold faces is quite the change-up. But the “1883” cast survived it, and it surely just made the filming that much more authentic.

‘1883’ Star Faith Hill Talks About Filming Feeling Like It’s 1883

During the interview with Parade, “1883” star Faith Hill mentioned how it feels like the cast really lived in 1883 while filming the show.

“The entire storytelling process is remarkable because the depictions of the hardships are so authentic,” Hill told the outlet. “It feels like we’re living that life and actually in 1883.”

From the outfits to the bathroom conditions to the brutal weather, Hill and the rest of the cast experienced it all. She told Entertainment Weekly how hard of a job it was to film. But also how it’s that much more rewarding because of the realistic struggles.

“This is real work. I was raised by Edna Earl and Ted Perry. And they believed the best way to teach a child was to get your hands in the dirt. That’s basically this in a nutshell,” Hill explained. “I think so many actors are drawn to Taylor’s writing because he is portraying the story in a way that was lived. I gained so much respect for cowboys.”

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