‘Yellowstone’ Star Jefferson White Reveals What He Has in Common With Jimmy

by Leanne Stahulak
Courtesy of Paramount Network.

After four seasons of playing Jimmy Hurdstrom, “Yellowstone” star Jefferson White has a pretty good grasp on the character.

White’s grown right alongside Jimmy, learning as Jimmy learns about ranching and cowboying. Developing relationships with the other Bunkhouse Boys and big bosses like Kevin Costner and Taylor Sheridan. But in a recent interview with Outsider’s Jim Casey, White also shared what he brought to the character over the seasons.

When Jim asked the “Yellowstone” star, “What’s the most Jefferson thing about the Jimmy character?”, White said curiosity.

“Jimmy and I’s backgrounds are very, very different. He had a much harder sort of youth than I did. I was really lucky, incredibly supportive family, incredibly supportive community,” White explained.

“But what we share is a curiosity, a sort of willingness to keep learning. And we share a tenacity to a certain extent. Jimmy’s new to the world of ranching and this cowboy stuff and so am I, and so we’re very much at the same part of our journey there,” he continued.

Knowing that White learned about ranching right alongside Jimy really lends “Yellowstone” more authenticity. All of his reactions and struggles are genuine, experienced by the actor as he attempts to portray a guy who has no idea what he’s doing.

“As an actor, you kind of go and you sort of vacation in a lot of other people’s lives,” White concluded. “You kind of go and be a tourist in a lot of other lives. And all you can really hope is to come to it with respect, genuine curiosity, and a sort of willingness to work, to earn your vacation in somebody else’s life.”

At this point, we can safely say that White has earned his vacation in Jimmy’s life on “Yellowstone.”

‘Yellowstone’ Star Jefferson White Reveals Who He’s ‘Terrified’ Of

Earlier this week, after “Yellowstone” Episode 7 aired, Jefferson White sat down with co-stars Ian Bohen and Denim Richards for their YouTube series, “Stories from the Bunkhouse.

At one point, the stars talked about a moment from the latest episode where an emotional Teeter hugs Rip Wheeler (Cole Hauser). Bohen asked the group, “Have you had the instinct during an acting scene to physically touch Cole Hauser?”

White quickly jumped in with a hard no. “No, I’m terrified of [Cole Hauser]. He’d pick me up by the scruff of my neck, and punt me,” White joked. “I mean Cole’s also like an incredible improviser though, so Cole would roll with it. By which I mean he would roll me into…”

A grave? His bunk? Who knows where the “Yellowstone” star went with this. But all three actors shared a laugh at the hanging thought, each coming up with their sinister idea of what Cole Hauser would do to them at a casual touch.