‘Yellowstone’ Star Cole Hauser Posts Unbelievably Cute Photo of Family Dog Wearing Cowboy Hat

by Jennifer Shea

Everyone in “Yellowstone” star Cole Hauser’s family is a cowboy, including the dog.

On Friday, Hauser posted a cute picture to Instagram of the family dog sporting a cowboy hat. “Traveling Cota bear,” Hauser posted, tagging his wife. “@cynhauser great pic baby!”

Cole Hauser, Family Man

Besides the charming dog, Hauser has a wife, two young sons and a young daughter back home. He tries to spend as much time with them as possible when he’s not off filming “Yellowstone” or some other project.

Hauser told the Havok Journal last year that he’s had to compartmentalize a bit in his life. Work and family are his biggest passions. But it’s not always easy to balance the two.

“I am always making time for each and every one of my children and also my wife, also, as a family together,” he said. “I am good about making time for the whole family. You have to figure that balance out. But as a father and a husband you have to make the time and work just as hard at it.”  

‘Yellowstone’ Star Almost Played a Dutton Son

Hauser almost took a very different role from Rip on the series. He was getting pressure to play one of John Dutton’s (Kevin Costner) sons when he first got interested in “Yellowstone.”

Hauser told The Ryen Russillo podcast last month that he talked to series co-creator John Linson about taking a role on “Yellowstone” early on.

“He came to me and said ‘there’s this show, we’ve just got Kevin Costner, take a look at it and see what you think. I think you’d be great in this,’” Hauser recalled. “He didn’t say any role or anything. I looked at the script, and initially my team wanted me to position myself to play one of his sons.”

Fortunately, Hauser’s instincts told him not to go for one of those roles. So he demurred.

“I just didn’t see it,” he said. “I didn’t think that there was a role that was right for me when it came to Jamie, or Lee, or Kayce.”

But Hauser found himself drawn to Rip. And even though Rip only got two scenes in the pilot, he had a hunch the character was going to develop into “something really good,” Hauser said.

Sure enough, Hauser has become Rip so seemingly effortlessly that now fans couldn’t imagine anyone else playing him. And Beth (Kelly Reilly) and Rip have become two of the main stars of “Yellowstone,” to the point where fan debates about why Rip is so great draw nearly 100 comments.   

Meanwhile, “Yellowstone” itself shattered ratings records in Season 3. But that just goes to show the enduring appeal of good storytelling and good acting set against a gorgeous backdrop.