“Yellowstone” star Cole Hauser has some devoted fans. And as such, they tend to ask well-researched questions when given a chance to interview the Rip Wheeler actor.
For instance, during an appearance earlier this year on Hall Wines’ Virtual Happy Hour, Hauser opened up about a horse he had as a kid. The horse’s name was Cinnamon. And Hauser must have mentioned the horse at some point in an earlier interview because one fan who’d been paying attention asked after Cinnamon.
“So I used to have this horse… My mom, when I was 4 years old, she got me a horse,” Hauser explained. “And I used to get on it and ride around the ranch that we lived on, in Oregon. And we would go into the woods. I mean, my mom’s just kind of a free spirit. She’d just be like, ‘Go, get outta here.’ And I’d ride it.”
Hauser’s mother is Cass Warner, the granddaughter of Harry Warner (of Warner Bros. fame) and the founder of the production company Warner Sisters.
“Then she had this big bell that she would ring,” the “Yellowstone” star went on. “And my horse knew the bell ring. And we could be a mile away, two miles away, and it would hear it. Wherever I was, it would turn and walk back to the ranch house. And he’d put down his head and I’d slide down his mane… I’d go in and have dinner. Yeah, that’s Cinnamon.”
The happy hour’s host, Kathryn Walt Hall, chimed in with the observation that Hauser was made to play Rip Wheeler.
“You know, they say that you get a couple roles in your lifetime as an actor, and this is definitely one that I’ve been blessed with,” Hauser replied graciously. “And I’ve obviously worked really hard at it, but it’s definitely been a blessing.”
Watch Hauser’s Virtual Happy Hour interview here:
‘Yellowstone’ Star Is Good Friends with Kevin Costner
Meanwhile, in the present day, Hauser has been busy riding horses and acting out the ranching lifestyle with his “Yellowstone” co-stars. And by all accounts, he’s had a great time doing it.
Hauser and “Yellowstone” co-star and executive producer Kevin Costner are reportedly close enough friends that they can laugh together and joke around with each other. In fact, in a December interview with Fox News, Hauser recounted Costner’s reaction to Hauser’s “Sexiest Man Alive” distinction: “You son of a b—-.”
“I mean, we’re great friends. We’ve worked together now four years and I love him,” Hauser said. “He’s a wonderful person – more importantly – a person than an actor. I just enjoy being around him and enjoying each other’s company. So he’s been somebody I’ve always looked up to creatively. And that’s been an honor working with him.”
Whether Hauser will get to keep working with Costner is a bit up in the air right now as fans await Season 4 of “Yellowstone.” The trailer for next season features Hauser uttering the line, “John, don’t you die on me now” – referring to John Dutton, Costner’s character – “not like this. You hear me?”
What happens next is anyone’s guess. But in a few short months, “Yellowstone” fans will get to find out.