‘Yellowstone’ Star Luke Grimes Says He Loved Shooting in Montana So Much He Moved There

by Leanne Stahulak
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Part of what draws viewers into “Yellowstone” is the sweeping landscape and gorgeous shots of the Montana countryside.

When you watch, you can’t help but catch your breath at some of the views the Duttons and other characters get on a 24/7 basis. Star Luke Grimes, who plays Kayce Dutton on the show, even revealed that filming in Montana caused him and his family to move out there.

This week, Grimes guest-starred on the official “Yellowstone” podcast, which co-star Jefferson White hosts. At one point during the podcast, Grimes opened up about what it’s like shooting onset in the place that defines so much of the “Yellowstone” story.

“I’ve always said I think that the scenery, that Montana, is probably the biggest character in our show,” Grimes revealed on the podcast. “It’s such a part of the show.”

It’s true. The state itself is something John Dutton feels needs to be protected, while other forces see it as a moneymaker.

“And yeah, being able to go shoot there, I mean I fell so in love with it, I moved there,” Grimes continued. “Literally moved to where we shoot. Obviously, it got in me.”

Can we blame him? When you spend so much time in a place that majestic, you can’t help feeling captured by it, in a way. And not only the scenery but also what the scenery represents has captured “Yellowstone” audiences over the last few years.

‘Yellowstone’ Star Luke Grimes Discusses ‘Romantic Idea’ of Westerns

It’s a story that’s been told time and time again: exploring the American Dream in the wild, wild West. “Yellowstone” star Luke Grimes opened up about the “romantic idea” of Montana and the Western United States on the show’s podcast earlier.

“It’s the romantic idea of the West, and I think part of the reason why people love the show so much is being able to kind of escape,” Grimes shared. “[People] sit in their living room and go to this place.”

Every week, we see a different side of our country that not everyone sees. Everyone’s seen stories of the Old West, but rarely do we experience what cowboys and ranchers experience today. And by watching the real deal on our screens, we find ourselves captured by the story and scenery of that story.

“I think it’s one of the most important parts of our show, and it’s what the show’s about,” Grimes concluded. “Fighting for that, the romantic idea of what that could be. The Yellowstone Ranch kind of is at the crux of everything in the show and everyone’s fighting over it. The beauty of the West is at the core of everything we do here.”

It’s true. We’ve watched John and the Duttons fight for the Yellowstone time and time again. Different villains pop up looking to take it from them, and every time they beat those people back. But will they be able to hang on to that Western dream through the end of Season 4? We’ll have to wait and see, Outsiders.

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