‘1883’ Star Tim McGraw Thanks Fans for Support Following Premiere

by Jacklyn Krol

Tim McGraw is grateful for the fan support of 1883.

On Monday, December 20, he tweeted a photo of him and his wife, Faith Hill, on the set of the hit series.

“Thanx to everyone who tuned in for the big 1883TV premiere last night after @yellowstone…. the 2nd episode of @1883official is already streaming on @paramountplus,” he wrote.

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill get to portray a married couple in 1883, a stark contrast to their real-life marriage. The opportunity came about because of their love for creator Taylor Sheridan.

“We were in bed last night and talked for two hours because we got so caught up in the moment that we almost couldn’t even remember it,” McGraw told Parade of 1883. “I told her, ‘This is incredible. How many married couples ever get a chance to do what we’re doing right now?”

When the couple watched the movie Wind River, they were blown away.

“We were like, ‘Who the hell wrote and directed this? This is so good,’” Hill said. Sheridan wanted the famous couple to sign on since the beginning stages of its creation.

“It begins with a song. If the song is right, then you don’t give it a second thought, because writing is a real craft that should be respected. We read the material and we were like, ‘How can we not do it?’” she continued. “What more could you ask for? We’re working together on our 25th anniversary on an incredible show with great people.”

How Isabel May Signed on to ‘1883’

Isabel May is one of the standout actors in the hit Paramount series. She got the part of Elsa Dutton after a failed audition for Sheridan’s other show, Mayor of Kingstown. She was reading for the role that ended up going to Emma Laird. Sheridan knew that she was special and wanted to use her in a future project.

“What made her wrong for Iris made her, I felt, the personification of this world of 1883,” he explained to  Deadline. She fit the character as someone “pure of heart”. When she auditioned, he had no idea that the show would be fully created or what role she would take, at first. He said that May reminded him of a young Jennifer Lawrence.

“I called Paramount and said, ‘I got good news, and then, I got some you need to trust me news.’ At this point I had not figured out how to tell this story and I had Sam Elliott over here and I had Tim McGraw here and Faith Hill and I had not found the bridge between them all. When I met Isabel, the whole story, all 10 episodes, went right through my head,” he shared.

Sheridan told Paramount that he would begin to create and write the series shortly after her audition. He created the first episode in just three weeks. He was on the hunt for a female lead and found the perfect actress to fill the spot. Then, he contacted May’s manager about the good news and bad news.

“The good news is she’s going to be the star of this thing with me,’” he recalled. “She said, ‘What is it?’ I said, ‘Well, give me three weeks, but make the deal now. Please trust me.’ And she did the deal. I spoke with Isabel and said, ‘You’re going to do this. You don’t know what it is yet but trust me, you’ll be great. Please say yes.’ She said yes and I sat down and wrote it.”