‘Yellowstone’ Star Cole Hauser Talks Appreciation for Taylor Sheridan

by Courtney Blackann

“Yellowstone’s” most notable bad boy Rip Wheeler has become a major fan favorite throughout the show’s duration. He’s dark, he’s gentle – and he’s got the purest loyalty to the Yellowstone. Not to mention that people love the stoic love story between Rip and Beth. However, Cole Hauser, who plays Rip, says creator Taylor Sheridan is responsible for bringing Rip to life.

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Hauser sings praises for Sheridan. He calls him “one of the greatest American writers of our time.” Further, Hauser says that he was thrilled to be brought on to the project – especially knowing that Sheridan had him in mind to play Rip since “Yellowstone’s” conception.

Further, Hauser adds that Sheridan’s unique vision makes “Yellowstone” a success. He says the way he writes characters is especially poignant. And the character of Rip Wheeler is no different.

Hauser’s fame has exploded since taking on the role of Rip Wheeler. Fans of “Yellowstone” can’t get enough of the dynamic between him and Beth. Hauser’s portrayal balances beautifully between his gentle love for the Dutton daughter and his duties to the ranch, seedy though they might be.

“Yellowstone” Creator Receives Praise from “1883” Star

And Hauser isn’t the only one singing praises to Taylor Sheridan. “1883” star Tim McGraw has also said Sheridan’s work is good because of his knack for authenticity.

“Taylor is a stickler for authenticity. Even to the way you ride – he would come up and say, “you know, a cowboy wouldn’t have his feet in that position or wouldn’t have his hands in that position.” He says, “I’m just trying to make you look good. Everybody rides a little differently, and it’s fine to ride a little differently but there are a few things you need to be authentic to and true to.” And he’s always good about that. And down to the set design and the costumes,” McGraw says.

Sheridan notably used real covered wagons for the scenes of “1883” where they head west. McGraw also added that:

“When you walk on that set, for me, I like to get there early, get my costume on, and be on set an hour or so before we start shooting. And it’s usually still dark. Always still dark. But, walk around in that world and live in that world for a while and try to feel what James would have felt – try to feel what the immigrants and the pioneers would have felt – try to feel what Margaret [Dutton, played by Faith Hill] would have felt – try to get into the spirit of my daughter [Elsa, played by Isabel May] and what she would have felt. I really try and spend a lot of time doing that and try to get inside Taylor’s head a little bit [in terms of] what he felt when he was writing it.”