‘Yellowstone’ Star Jefferson White Opens Up About How He’s Similar to Jimmy

by Leanne Stahulak

A lot of actors connect to their characters after playing them for so long, and “Yellowstone” star Jefferson White is no different.

In a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight, the “Yellowstone” star opened up a lot about his character and what it’s been like to work on the show. At one point, White broke down how he’s similar to Jimmy, who he’s portrayed for almost 40 episodes.

“[We’re similar] in a lot of ways, but largely in that we’re both sort of learning and doing our best to learn from everyone around us,” White explained to ET. “And that’s certainly been the case for Jimmy from the beginning.”

Think back to “Yellowstone” Season 1. Jimmy Hurdstrom had zero experience with horses, ranching, cowboying, and hard physical labor. He was the low man in the bunkhouse, commonly tasked with menial work as he tried to learn the ropes on ranching.

“He’s new to this, he’s desperately watching Rip, Lloyd, John Dutton, trying to pick up everything he can,” White continued. “And that’s absolutely the case for me on the show too. I feel so lucky to be surrounded by such brilliant actors who I have admired for so long.”

Even though Jimmy didn’t know it, he was working with some of the best of the best in ranching. And soon enough, he learned to appreciate their skills. Just like White picked up on acting tips from his “Yellowstone” co-stars.

“In the same way that Jimmy’s learning from those characters, I’m looking to Cole Hauser. Learning from Cole Hauser, learning from Kelly Reilly, learning from Kevin Costner. Every chance I get,” White concluded. “So the same way that Jimmy looks up to those characters and sort of aspires to earn their respect, I feel exactly the same way on set.”

‘Yellowstone’ Star Jefferson White’s ‘Favorite Part of Show’ is Learning From Co-Stars

Earlier on in his ET interview, “Yellowstone” star Jefferson White opened up about what he loves about playing Jimmy. It’s not always easy, especially when Jimmy bumbles around for the first few seasons. But we’ve watched his character grow quite a bit over the last 40 episodes or so. He’s really becoming the cowboy he was meant to be.

But for White, playing Jimmy has been more about the learning than the character himself. Just like Jimmy learned about the western world for the first time, so did White.

“My favorite part of working on the show and my favorite part of playing Jimmy is just getting to spend time in this world that I might never have otherwise gotten to know,” White began telling ET.

“The western world, cowboying, ranching, it’s a sort of lifetime pursuit. It’s a kind of entire world unto itself,” White continued. “And if not for ‘Yellowstone,’ I might’ve never had the opportunity to spend time on horses, to spend time in the rodeo world, the ranching world. And that’s been an incredible gift.”

The other gift? Spending so much time with the likes of Kevin Costner, Taylor Sheridan, and many others.

“Being surrounded by these brilliant creatives and also being surrounded by these brilliant cowboys, and ranchers, and animal wranglers, and stunt performers,” White said. “My favorite part of it is just getting to learn from all these geniuses.”