Tim McGraw and Faith Hill had a 25th wedding anniversary to remember on set Yellowstone prequel 1883 – although perhaps not for the most pleasant reasons.
The country singers, who have been married since 1996, play husband James and Margaret Dutton in Taylor Sheridan’s 10-part spin-off series.
1883 follows the Duttons, who originally settled on what would become the Yellowstone Ranch – the great-grandparents of the character played by Kevin Costner in the original show.
“There was not much sleep. That was probably the hardest part,” McGraw revealed of his set experience in an interview with Yahoo ahead of the release of Paramount + in the UK.
He added: “We were probably shooting six days a week for six months doing 12 to 14 hours a day. We were on the data all the time, always on horseback and everything was natural.”
The 55-year-old actor said that Sheridan was driven by his desire to “be authentic down to the smallest detail”, which meant that the filming process gave priority to the exquisite detail of the time over modern comforts.
McGraw admitted that this level of painstaking shooting continued regardless of the occasion, even in the early morning hours of his wedding anniversary with Hill.
He said: “Faith was driving a wagon all the time. On one occasion, she was driving a wagon across a river at four in the morning at 38 degrees and I was swimming a horse right next to her. This happened to be the 25th anniversary of our marriage.” .
Hill added: “It was quite intense at four in the morning, crossing a river with a wagon. That was a lot. “
McGraw said he and Hill were able to channel real-world dynamics into shooting some of the most demanding and challenging sequences.
“Part of the great dynamic of being a real husband and then a wife on screen is that I was really afraid for her as we did that,” she said.
“We were in a lot of dangerous situations in some of the things we had to do. So her fear and my fear of her, all of these things are real. They are between a real couple as well as a fictional couple.”
Given Sheridan’s commitment to season detail, McGraw felt the filming process was intense and struggled to eliminate James Dutton’s character until production was finally completed.
McGraw said: “For the five or six months we shot, we more or less did not shoot [the character] away from. In fact, there have been times [Hill] he told me I had to take a shower because I was trying to stay pretty dirty and authentic on the whole thing.
“She will probably tell you differently from her point of view because I think she missed it [the character] when it was all over. For me, when it was all over, I was pretty tired and ready to do it.
“Everything we did was physical. It was either 110 degrees or minus five points, so we rarely had a day that was comfortable.
“In the meantime, I was flying in the evenings to do concerts. There were days when I didn’t sleep at all, so when we finished filming the series, I was ready to get rid of James. He was ready to shave that beard too.”
It was a different experience for Hill and she confessed that she felt “a little depressed” when she had to say goodbye to Margaret.
He said: “We were ready to finish as soon as we turned it around, but then most of us went through a little depression after the end, as we all took separate paths and went home.
“We were so immersed in this world and we lived this life. We became these people. It took me a while to drop them. There will always be a part of Margaret inside me. It took a while to drop these people because we loved them so much. a lot and experience “.
Hill said the farewell experience 1883 and Yellowstone world was something he had not experienced with previous acting jobs.
“I’m honest, it probably took me a few weeks. I was really sad. I was depressed. I never had this experience before anything I did professionally. I really did not,” said the 54-year-old.
He added: “I think it was another confirmation that the story was so strong and so unifying. The only thing I can say is that, on this journey, we just know and learn and we are reminded that we have so much in common with one another.
“You are really trying to find the best for your family and you are trying to survive and stay together. It is so simple, but it was one of the most difficult trips in the whole country.”
Given the intensity of the shot, it may be strange that McGraw wants to re-magnify his blur and repeat the role if a long opportunity arises.
He said: “I do not envision any flashback or anything like that. This show was such a wonderful show and the actors were so good at it that I would not want to go back and weaken it with any flashbacks.
“But I could see that one 1883 The movie can be very good, where you can see what happened after they arrived in Montana. “
Hill said she and her husband will continue to pursue acting opportunities, but Sheridan has set a difficult task to follow. 1883.
“Tim and I have been approaching each other for probably 18 years or more to do something together in the movies. We’ve read everything. Nothing has captured us so far, so that tells you something right there,” Hill said.
He added: “We are looking for things special as always, but there are good songs, there are great songs and there are songs that change everything – and it looks like. It was just one of those times when everything is just something we are proud of and honored. to be a part “.
His cast 1883 It also includes the normal western world Sam Elliott, Isabel May, LaMonica Garrett, Marc Rissmann and Audie Rick.
Yellowstone: 1883 is available for streaming on Paramount +.