‘1883’: Tim McGraw Says Faith Hill Keeps Him Straight on Set

by Taylor Cunningham
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Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are mixing business with romance by starring in Taylor Sheridan’s new project 1883. And it’s working well for them.

As Tim shared with Fox News, his wife of 25 years helps keep him straight on set. And because of her, he never misses a beat.

“In the middle of a scene, there are little gestures that she’ll give me. like when she knows that I’m off track a little bit, she’d give me that look to set me back straight,” he said.

Over the decades, the couple has had a lot of practice working together. The country singing power couple has recorded eight duets together. And they shared the stage countless times. So by now, they know exactly how to read each other.

“[It’s] Just like when we’re singing on stage, and I’m singing flat on my harmony part,” Tim continued. “I’ll get that look from her and I know I better straighten up because I’m not doing this well enough. So we definitely have that sort of communication between us.”

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill Had Concerns About Starring in ‘1883’

When Tim McGraw and Faith Hill got their start with the Yellowstone franchise, they never imagined they’d end up being the faces of an entire spinoff series.

Initially, Tim appeared in two Yellowstone flashbacks, and Faith starred in one. But fans loved learning about the Dutton origins, which gave showrunner Taylor Sheridan the idea to write an entire series around their characters, James and Margaret Dutton.

So shortly after the episodes aired, Sheridan sent the singing duo a script and asked them to star in 1883.

As Tim McGraw told Deadline, he and his Grammy-winning wife weren’t immediately sold on a long-term acting project—because they knew the show would take “a lot of work.” So making the jump from full-time country stars to full-time television stars took a lot of consideration.

“I remember, we had the contracts on our porch, and we were sitting there looking at them,” Tim detailed. “I told Faith, first off, when we sign these contracts, we are not the boss anymore. And then secondly, we’re either going to be burning hot or freezing cold, and there’s never going to be any in-between. That’s the way this shoot’s going to go, and it’s going to be a lot of hard work. Of course, she’s a hard worker, so she was ready for it, and we’d fallen in love with the scripts so much. But we did think about the logistics and how hard it was going to be to get everything done in the time frame they were shooting for.”

And now, all of their blood, sweat, and tears have paid off. The December 19th debut of 1883 closed the night as the most-watched original premiere in CBS history.

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