‘Yellowstone’ TV: Tate Dutton Actor Brecken Merrill Is Bundled Up for ‘SoCal Winter’

by Jennifer Shea
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“Yellowstone” actor Brecken Merrill may play a young cowboy on the hit Paramount Network series, but he is a California kid through and through.

In a new Instagram photo posted Monday, Merrill gets all bundled up and sits on a swing in a park.

“SoCal winter has me bundled up when it hits 63* 😂🥶,” Merrill wrote.

‘Yellowstone’ Star Brecken Merrill Loves Horses

Merrill may not care for the Montana winters, but there are some aspects of being a cowboy that he’s really taken to. Riding horses, for one.

“It’s really fun riding horses,” Merrill said in a behind-the-scenes featurette from the Paramount Network. “I actually have a specific horse that I like to ride. It’s Taylor’s horse, its name is Tilly, it’s black and white. It’s beautiful. I have like five horseback lessons in Montana for like an hour on Tilly. It’s pretty cool.”

Moreover, as Merrill made clear in the featurette, he really understands his character, Tate Dutton, and Tate’s relationship with his father Kayce (Luke Grimes).

“He thinks his dad is like a superhero,” Merrill said by way of explaining his character’s relationship with his dad. “[Tate] thinks [Kayce]’s like the strongest person on earth. He really like loves his dad.”

Of course, like a true Californian, Merrill sprinkles his sentences with “like”s.

Some Fast Facts About Brecken Merrill

Merrill was born on June 20, 2008. He is the middle child in his family, with two sisters.

Merrill is a serious fan of Ryan Reynolds, though his protective mom wouldn’t let him watch the R-rated “Deadpool.”

He is also a big Seattle Seahawks fan.

Before every season of “Yellowstone,” Merrill has to get a short haircut to play Tate. However, on at least one occasion, he grew his hair out before the season started so he could donate it to Wigs for Kids.

Merrill’s stunt doubles on the show are actually two women named Juliana Potter and Brenda Garcia.

Finally, Merrill has over 20,000 followers on Instagram, where his account is managed by his mom. Even though Merrill is growing up fast, looks like his parents are still keeping a close eye on him.

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