‘Yellowstone’ star Cole Hauser says Kevin Costner taught him to be ‘a gentleman on set’: ‘It’s inspiring’

‘Yellowstone’ star Cole Hauser says Kevin Costner taught him to be ‘a gentleman on set’: ‘It’s inspiring’

Cole Hauser and Kevin Costner have grown closer than ever as they prepare for ‘Yellowstone’ Season 5.

The Western drama, created by Taylor Sheridan, explores how John Dutton, played by Costner, handles life as governor of Montana and the unexpected challenges that role brings to his ranching family. The hit series, which has attracted surprising fans such as Drake, has been airing since 2018. The new season premiered on Sunday.

Hauser told Fox News Digital that he and his TV father-in-law have bonded over the years.

Cole Hauser, right, plays Rip Wheeler, the son-in-law of Kevin Costner's John Dutton.

Cole Hauser, right, plays Rip Wheeler, the son-in-law of Kevin Costner’s John Dutton.
(Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Paramount Network)

“[What surprised me about Costner is] what kind of human being he is,” the 47-year-old explained of the 67-year-old. “Before an actor or as a creative soul, there is only him as nobody. He’s from the kind of California area [that I’m from]. He’s from Ventura. I’m from Santa Barbara. And in getting to know him over the last five years, I mean I’ve learned a lot about just being a gentleman on set and just being a class act… He’s [a] a family. I have three children, a wonderful wife. And he’s just someone to look up to in my opinion. And then creatively, his storytelling, his urge and his desire to keep pushing the boundaries as a…creator…it’s inspiring.”

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The series helped launch the West’s return to Hollywood.

After Costner-directed “Yellowstone” became a smash hit, streaming service Paramount+ ordered the series “1932,” about the roots of the Dutton family. In February, the service also announced that the first prequel, “1883,” would return for a second season. Sam Elliott, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are among its stars.

“Yellowstone,” directed by Kevin Costner, sparked a Western comeback in Hollywood.
(Paramount Network)

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Despite the show’s success, Hauser admitted that “it’s not easy” to leave his family behind for long stretches to film in Montana. He and his wife, photographer and former actress Cynthia Daniel, have been married since 2006.

Cole Hauser and his wife Cynthia Daniel attend the 56th Annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on November 9, 2022 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Cole Hauser and his wife Cynthia Daniel attend the 56th Annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on November 9, 2022 in Nashville, Tennessee.
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“Children grow up,” he said. “I have an 18-year-old, a 14-year-old and a 9-year-old boy. Being away for five or six months of the year is not easy. But I try to come back. They come in the summer when they’re not in school and playing sports. We make it work. But we always try to do better when it comes to making sure I’m there… especially for my two boys the older ones. They really need me. So it’s a job to navigate between the two.”

Hauser noted that he was always eager to help his children enjoy the great outdoors, especially while filming. The actor, who grew up in Oregon, previously told People magazine that his childhood was filled with horses and “riding with cows.”

“They love to fish,” he boasted. “We fish a lot on the Bitterroot and it’s our time to relax, talk about life and what’s going on with them. And then we often sit under the stars there. Montana is a very peaceful place to spend time with your loved ones, family and friends… You have to study during the week, of course, but on the weekends, I devote as much time as possible to them. .

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Cole Hauser had to participate in a

Cole Hauser had to attend “cowboy camp” to play Rip Wheeler.
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Playing Rip Wheeler is no small feat. Hauser described how the role required grueling hours spent in “cowboy camp”, his daily training to effortlessly ride and string.

“You have to put time in the saddle,” he said. “There’s no getting around it. You’re going to be in pain for the first week, 10 days… you have to be good as a rider. And Taylor [Sheridan] has been tremendous throughout the five years of putting me among the best in the business when it comes to continuing to grow and be better not only [in] my work as a cowboy, but also in the world of being a great horseman. So I’m blessed and lucky to have these people around me. And I will do it again. I mean, there’s no way you could ever be good at it. It’s just one of those things that you have to keep working on.”

Plus, being in the mountains of Montana has its perks. Hauser said along the way, he learned valuable lessons from real-life cowboys.

Cole Hauser broke his back before filming the first season of

Cole Hauser broke his back before filming the first season of ‘Yellowstone’.
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“It’s all about discipline and continued conduct,” he said. “It’s important to always look for those little diamonds they give you along the way, whether it’s stringing, cutting or riding. We are surrounded by some of the greatest riding professionals in the world. world. You open your ears and listen. Luckily, I think they’re pretty happy with what I’m doing.

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Shortly before Hauser took on the role of Wheeler, he broke his back falling from a horse while filming “The Last Champion.” At first he worried about his ability to ride again, but as the saying goes, if you fall off your horse, you get right back on it.

“It was a bit difficult, but a lot of it is mental,” the star said. “And what I found [with] getting back in the saddle is that I strengthened my back because your core is so important when it comes to riding. And so, that really helped me when I broke my back… three months before I got the job, and then got back on my horse and really worked my core.

Kevin Costner and Cole Hauser have bonded over the years on set.

Kevin Costner and Cole Hauser have bonded over the years on set.
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“It fixed my back,” he insisted. “Actually when I stop riding is when it starts to hurt. So the months I take off between ‘Yellowstone’ and my return to work is when I have to keep making sure that my heart is strong. Because as you get older… the body starts to break down.”

Hauser beamed when told there was a good chance he was supposed to be on horseback.

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“I started like that and I think I will end like that,” he said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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