‘Yellowstone’ Star Cole Hauser Reveals How He Gets in Shape to Play Rip Wheeler

by Jon D. B.
Photo credit: Paramount Network / Viacom Int. / via Yellowstone)

As one of People’s Sexiest Men of 2020, Cole Hauser goes into detail about how – and why – he stays in shape for our favorite rebel rancher, Rip Wheeler.

Whether you’re acting on the show, or simply watching it, “Yellowstone” packs a punch. For us at home, this can mean watching brutally violent scenes unfold. For actors – well – it means acting out such brutal violence, alongside physically demanding stunts, fight scenes, and horseback riding.

Thankfully for “Yellowstone” (and us), the show brought in Cole Hauser to tackle Rip Wheeler. Getting to embody a show’s runaway fan-favorite character is a dream come true for any actor. But Hauser, unlike some, takes that responsibility very seriously.

So seriously, in fact, that he was willing to pose in the same water trough Kelly Reilly did as Beth in Season 1 for “People’s” Sexiest Men Alive 2020 issue.

That’s right – if you haven’t heard by now, Hauser is one of People’s Sexiest men for 2020. This is, undoubtedly, a direct result of Rip Wheeler, as well. So how exactly does Hauser stay in shape for such a demanding and popular role? “People” pulls the details right from the horse’s mouth for their Sexiest Men issue.

Cole Hauser Details How He Stays Fit for Rip Wheeler

“I’m about 225 [lbs] when I play him,Hauser tells “People” of Rip. At 6″1, the actor is a formidable presence when bulked up to such a weight. As such, we believe every bit of how terrifying Rip can be.

To achieve such results, Hauser says he sticks to much of the same we see Wheeler up to in Yellowstone. “Horseback riding, as you know, at a very high level, is a hell of a workout for core and back and legs, and you name it. Riding and roping and cutting and doing the different disciplines that we do on the show, it’ll keep you in shape,” he says of his regiment.

As any athlete will tell you, however, this doesn’t come for free. “But that first, kind of, initial when you come back to work on the show, you’re sore for a week,” Hauser adds. “And then you, kind of, power through that like anything. So, I’ve stayed in great shape.”

Moreover, Hauser says staying in this constant, peak physical condition is a necessity at his age. “And you know, it’s one of those things that as you get older you, kind of, have to,” he says. “I’m 45 now. So, it’s one of those things where if you don’t, you’re going to pay for it. Usually, your back will go out or something.”

Catch More Rip in ‘Yellowstone’ Season 4 Come 2021

As much as we love Hauser’s work in the role… how long will Rip be able to survive on the show? A strong theory resulting from the show’s Season 3 script may have Rip Wheeler pinpointed as the “big death” for “Yellowstone” Season 4.

Still in shock over that S3 finale? So are we. In what will go down in history as one of the most intense season enders for any show, the last chapter of “Yellowstone” brought the Dutton family crashing down to their knees. Be warned, however, that this next article is full of spoilers.

Where we left off, the lives of not one, but three Duttons hang in the balance. John Dutton, played by Kevin Costner, was gunned down by cowardly assassins whilst trying to help others. His son Kayce’s office was ravaged by assassins, as well. John’s phone blocked the would-be-lethal bullet, however. And Kayce – a former Navy SEAL – knows his way around gunfire.

As a result, it’s Beth Dutton and her new fiancé & longtime love, Rip Wheeler, that may be in the deepest waters come Season 4. Read on for more on how this popular new fan theory pegs Rip for death.