The Cast of Yellowstone and Their Real-Life Partners

Yellowstone premiered on Paramount Network in 2018. Right off the bat, it became a hit! The show quickly rose to the second-most-watched television show on cable. It ranks just behind The Walking Dead. The show had over five million viewers on the pilot episode alone.

Cole Hauser and Kelly Reilly / Cast members of Yellowstone / Dave Annable, Luke Grimes, Kevin Costner, Kelly Reilly, and Wes Bentley / The cast of Yellowstone
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Yellowstone is a drama series about the Dutton family who owns a large ranch in the United States. The Duttons fight against land developers, local Indian reservations, and national parks. The characters on the show also find themselves engaging in a number of romantic relationships. From cowboys to kissing scenes, the show has all.

Finding True Love on the Golf Course

Kevin Costner stars as John Dutton, the family head and owner of the Yellowstone Dutton Ranch. Dutton has been widowed for many years, as he lost his wife before the time frame of the show.

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However, Costner is married to designer Christine Baumgartner in real life. His marriage to Cindy Silva ended in divorce in 1994. After his divorce, he met Baumgartner while golfing in 1998. Shortly after they met on the course, they started dating. They exchanged phone numbers, and Costner promised to give her a call in two weeks.

An Extravagant Wedding Ceremony

It turns out that waiting two weeks was too long. Baumgartner took it as an insult. Despite the insult, the couple fell in love. Even though Baumgartner and Costner were almost 20 years apart, they dated until September 2004 and then got engaged. The wedding followed shortly after, and it was extravagant.

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Their wedding had a very lavish ceremony. A horse-drawn carriage brought Costner to the ranch where they held their wedding ceremony and reception. The two were really in love, like little children. Age is nothing but a number.

The Multi-Talented Creator of Yellowstone

Taylor Sheridan has been in front of and behind the camera. He is the writer, director, creator, and producer of Yellowstone, so it is only fair that he appears in the show. He has starred in three episodes as Travis Wheatley, a local horse trader.

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He does it all on the show. Nicole Sheridan, formerly Nicole Muirbrook, is his real-life wife. Nicole is an actress in her own right. She has appeared in shows such as Dark Blue and How I Met Your Mother. Seems like the pair bonded over acting.

Motivated to Support His Family

Similar to her husband, Nicole is also a cowgirl. In a flannel shirt and cowboy hat, the actress and mother posted a photo on Instagram herding cows on horseback. The creator of a show about cowboys marrying a cowgirl—what a coincidence! His motivation is also derived from Nicole and their family.

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When Deadline asked him why he wanted to become a writer, he answered, “I imagined jumping forward seven years when I found out my wife was pregnant and living in some little two-bedroom apartment in West Hollywood. That’s not living by example.”

A British Actress and Her Financier

In Yellowstone, British actress Kelly Reilly leaves her accent behind and picks up a new one to play Beth Dutton. Her character is John Dutton’s daughter. She has little to no interest in her family’s ranch unless Rip Wheeler is around. Rip is the ranch handyman. Did I mention he’s extremely attractive?

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As for Reilly, she is happily married in real life to Kyle Baugher, who works in finance. He is not an actor like his wife. The couple got engaged and married in 2012 in Somerset, England, where Reilly is from.

Lovers on the Beach

Reilly and Baugher have been married for a while, but little is known about their lives as they are very private. Their social media posts, however, suggest that they live a happy life together and have a healthy marriage.

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In 2018, Reilly posted a romantic photo of her and her husband cuddling on a beach. The photo’s backdrop is a gorgeous blue ocean and a sunny sky. The couple looks handsomely tan and in love. In her Instagram caption, she wrote, “My favorite human.” That is so sweet!

His On-Screen Love Story

He rose to fame acting in box office hits such as Fifty Shades of Grey and American Sniper. In recent years, Luke Grimes has made headlines for his role as Kayce Dutton in Yellowstone. His character is John Dutton’s son.

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He works with his father on the ranch. But the storyline that captures the hearts of many fans is not the horseback riding but rather his marriage to Monica Long. Together the fictitious couple has touched the hearts of Yellowstone fans everywhere. In real life, Grimes is married to Brazilian model Bianca Rodrigues Grimes, much to fans’ dismay. In November 2018, the couple got married.

Posting the Husband on Instagram

Bianca Rodrigues Grimes has a large following on social media. Her Instagram has almost 200,000 followers. In addition to her numerous gorgeous bikini posts, her large following is likely due to her many loving posts of her and her husband.

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Recently, the model posted a stunning black-and-white photo of her and Grimes on their anniversary. She captioned the photo, “Happy Anniversary, anjo. Te Amo!” This beautiful couple is happily married and has an Instagram feed. Pics or it didn’t happen, right?

When the TV Marriage Is More Dramatic

Cole Hauser plays the handsome and strong Rip Wheeler. He is the ranch hand on the Dutton farm and helps the family out. Even though his role on Yellowstone largely revolves around Rip Wheeler’s tumultuous relationship with Beth Dutton, Cole Hauser’s love life is much simpler in real life.

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The actor and Cynthia Daniel have been married since 2006. Daniel is an actor like her husband. Daniel has starred in hits such as The Basketball Diaries and Sweet Valley High throughout her career.

The Perfect Work-Life Balance

Hauser has found a happy balance between a successful career and a happy home life. The couple has three children—Ryland, Colt, and Steely Rose. As a result of the actor’s net worth, his family enjoys a comfortable life.

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He shared with The Havok Journal, “I am pretty good about compartmentalizing working and family. They are two of my biggest passions. I am not the kind of guy who forgets about them. I am always making time for every one of my children and wife, as a family together.” It sounds like he’s got it all under control. After all, when both the parents are actors, they must find a good balance.

A Shaky Marriage On Screen and Off

Ryan Bingham plays Walker on Yellowstone. He’s an ex-convict who graciously receives many second chances on the Dutton ranch to turn his life around. It is tragic to note that Bingham’s real-life love life is as tumultuous as his character’s life on the show.

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He married Anna Axster, a director, in 2009, and they had three children. Axster had directed a few music videos for Bingham. He is not only an actor but a country singer too. She was also the director of the hit indie film A Country Called Home, in which he starred.

The Country Singer Files for Divorce

Unfortunately, Bingham filed for divorce from Axster in June of 2021. That was pretty depressing for fans, especially considering how important family was to Bingham. He once shared that his wife and family were the only things that made him feel complete.

Ryan Bingham and his wife Anna Axster arrive at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards.
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He spoke of his first meeting with his wife. “When I met my wife, we were both vagabonds, just roaming around the country. Then we got a place in LA, and it was the first time I ever had my name on a lease. I had an address! When we got the keys and went inside, I just cried.”

Bentley Struggling with Addiction

Wes Bentley struggled with addiction before starring in Yellowstone as Jamie Dutton. After pleading guilty to heroin possession in 2009, the actor’s career took a hit. He told The Hollywood Reporter, “I wasn’t bringing my A-game to any of [the movies]. I don’t know if I was bringing my B game. I just kind of didn’t care and [was] coasting.”

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Bentley married Jennifer Quanz in 2001, but the couple divorced in 2009 due to his addiction and conviction. He had a rough couple of years struggling with addiction.

His Family Motivates Him to Stay Clean

Eventually, the actor checked into rehab and started to turn things around. It is extremely difficult to ask for help and get clean, but Wes Bentley was determined. He discovered a serious motivation to stay sober.

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He had married a second time to Jacqui Swedberg in 2010 and wanted to stay clean for her. Soon after they got married, the couple had a son. This only motivated Bentley further. “I’ve been given this second chance, and I’m going to do everything I can with it.” After he got clean, his acting career took off once more.

Married to William Moseley

In Yellowstone, Kelsey Asbille plays Monica Long Dutton. It’s not easy for Kelsey and Kayce Dutton since Kayce is the granddaughter of the Native American elder who often disagrees with Kelsey’s father. In reality, however, Asbille has a happy, conflict-free relationship with actor William Moseley.

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Moseley has had big roles in well-known films such as The Chronicles of Narnia and Artemis Fowl. These two actors are happily together and keep the on-screen drama on set and out of their relationship.

She Is a Fan of His Work

In an interview, Asbille revealed that she admires Moseley’s work on the TV show The Royals. She explained, “I love binge-watching TV … I also binge-watch E! ‘s The Royals.” He is the gift that keeps on giving, and it doesn’t stop at the hit drama series.

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Moseley gave Asbille a painting, and it is her favorite piece of art in her home. “A beautiful, peaceful black-and-white photograph of the full moon over Half Dome in Yosemite, by Ansel Adams, which hangs in my bedroom.” It was a birthday gift.

Proposing on the Set of Lost

Known for his role as James Sawyer Ford on Lost, Josh Holloway is now emerging as a rising star in Yellowstone. The actor plays Roarke Morris, a rival broker after the Duttons’ land in the show.

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Holloway is married to Yessica Kumala in real life. The story of their engagement is unique. While shooting the Lost pilot in Hawaii, he proposed to Yessica, and they married shortly after. The pair now have two children—a daughter named Java and a son named Hunter Lee.

A True Family Man

Josh Holloway’s character, Roarke, is quite the sex symbol. The actor is considered a total babe on and off screen. When asked how he felt about this, he told Entertainment Tonight, “That’s funny because I’m a family man.”

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With a happy marriage and two kids, he certainly is. In an interview, the actor shared that his entire family sleeps in one room. “I wake up thinking about how beautiful my children are lying there sleeping.” If that’s not a family man, then what is?

Josh Lucas Is an A-List Actor

Among Hollywood’s top actors, Josh Lucas stands out. The actor has starred in big movies such as Sweet Home Alabama, A Beautiful Mind, and Ford v Ferrari, among others. He had many roles on the big screen and has recently begun starring in Yellowstone.

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Flashback scenes from Yellowstone featuring Lucas as a young John Dutton are attracting attention. Fans love seeing him in the show, and he makes for a great rancher. Although Lucas’ career is smooth, his love life isn’t. In 2014, Jessica Ciencin Henriquez filed for divorce from the actor with whom she shares a son.

Finding New Love during COVID-19

They got married in 2012, but the marriage only lasted two years. Their son’s name is Noah Rev Maurer. Now, Lucas appears to be turning his love life around. He has started dating model Rachel Mortenson.

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, Lucas and Mortenson met and have become very close. In an Instagram video Mortenson posted, she and Lucas cuddle and kiss. The video perfectly represents the closeness between the two of them. As she captioned the video, “What could be better than waking up to forehead kisses?”

No Stranger to the Big Screen

Neal McDonough has had an extensive film and television career. His television credits include a long list of some of the most popular television series. He has starred in Desperate Housewives, Justified, Arrow, Suits, The 100, and more.

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McDonough has appeared in Captain America: The First Avenger, Bad Country, and Proud Mary. He played Malcolm Beck in Yellowstone, a conniving businessman exploring the possibility of taking over the Dutton property. His character appeared in six episodes of the show.

A Sweetheart in Real Life

The actor isn’t as deceitful in real life as his on-screen characters. Especially when it comes to his wife Ruvé McDonough, he seems like such a sweetheart. To celebrate the couple’s 16th anniversary, the actor shared an adorable photo on Instagram.

Neal McDonough carries his son as he walks with his wife.
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He captioned it, “To say I am a blessed man is an understatement. For 16 years, I have been honored to be Ruvé McDonough’s husband!! You are my first, only, and last! Happy Anniversary, my love! To infinity more!” He is nothing like Malcolm Beck, and thankfully so.

Getting Married to Another Actor

In Yellowstone, Eden Brolin plays Mia, the barrel racer. Aside from acting, Brolin has another role. She is married to Cameron Crosby. In a cute announcement, Brolin and Crosby announced their engagement to each other and then were married in May 2022. Crosby is a famous actor. He is known for projects such as A Million Little Things, and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.

Eden Brolin as Mia in a scene from Yellowstone.
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Brolin’s dad, fellow actor Josh Brolin, posted the sweetest photo of his daughter and her fiancé on Instagram. He congratulated the couple and captioned the photo, “My little girl’s getting married, asked by a guy whom I adore … A guy who I have a strong feeling will look after her best interests, keep her heart safe.”

Expressing Her Love on Instagram

The couple got engaged in 2018 and got married four years later. The happy couple is still very much together. For Crosby’s birthday in May of 2020, Brolin posted a collection of photos.

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She wrote in the Instagram post, “Man, you are so special and so much more amazing every day that I get to spend with you. I love sharing my life with you, and I’m beyond grateful that you are in this world.” That is adorable! Like father like daughter.

Only in Two Episodes

According to his IMDb page, Dave Annable has only appeared in two episodes of Yellowstone as Lee Dutton, a member of the Dutton family. This wasn’t his biggest role, but he is also known for his roles in 666 Park Avenue, Brothers & Sisters, Heartbeat, and This Is Us.

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Annable is married to actress Odette Annable, who plays the role of Supergirl in the television series. They are both actors. They got married in October of 2010. The couple now has an adorable daughter named Charlie Mae. She was born in 2015 and is six years old.

There Is Trouble in Paradise

It was reported that the Annables separated in October 2019 and said, “We have decided to co-parent our daughter together.” Their daughter, Charlie, is their primary concern. They both have her best interest at heart.

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However, it appears that the two actors are back together as of August 2020. The Annables posted an Instagram photo of Dave kissing his wife. “2020. It ain’t all bad news. #TheAnnables,” the actor captioned the photo on Instagram. The picture is not only romantic, but the pair look happy together. So are they back together for good?

Starring in the Same Film

On Yellowstone, Hassie Harrison plays Laramie, a friend of Mia’s who is a barrel racer. She also starred in Hart of Dixie and Tacoma FD. The actress brought her southern charm to a small role in The Iron Orchard where she met her boyfriend, Austin Nichols.

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He had a role in the historical drama film as well. He has been in many other projects as well. He is known for his roles in popular television series such as One Tree Hill, The Walking Dead, Bates Motel, and Ray Donovan.

Making Things Red Carpet Official

During Oceana’s 11th Annual SeaChange Summer Party in July 2018, the pair made their red-carpet debut and official couple announcement. She wore a classy black dress, a leather jacket, and a well-fitted suit. The couple looked extremely happy on the carpet.

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He shared on the red carpet that the two had been dating for a while. Nichols and Harrison are still a couple, as the actor posted a romantic photo of them kissing on Harrison’s birthday in March 2020. She captioned the stunning photo, “Happiest Birthday to you @hassieharrison.”

It Was Going to Be a Miniseries

Originally Yellowstone was meant to be a limited series. It would feature 10 episodes that would premiere weekly on television. The show was going to follow a similar format to Hatfields & McCoys.

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Kevin Costner’s signing on for Season 1 and subsequent seasons was crucial for the show’s survival. After he agreed, the show could no longer be 10 episodes. It had the potential to tell a much bigger story, and Kevin was not going to get in the way of that, so he agreed to stay on the project.

HBO Didn’t Want the Show

The original plan was to air Yellowstone on HBO. After Taylor Sheridan wrote two scripts, HBO told him they were not interested in moving forward. Taylor recalled meeting with HBO’s senior vice president, who informed him that the project would not go forward.

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When Sheridan asked him why HBO dropped the project, he responded, “Nobody wants to see this.” Sheridan was devastated, but he did not give up. He knew he was writing something great. Yellowstone is now one of the most-watched television shows on a cable network, so HBO missed out.

14.7 Million People Watched Season 4

Yellowstone has quickly become one of the most-watched television series. During the Season 4 two-episode premiere of Yellowstone in 2021, nearly 14.7 million people tuned in. Compared with Yellowstone’s Season 3 premiere in 2020, the 14.7 million figure is up 58% since the last season premiere.

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People waiting for nearly a year between seasons caught up with the series due to it becoming available for streaming on Peacock. Thats allowed people to discover the show before the new season aired or to reminisce on past episodes.

One of the Best Pilot Scripts

Kelly Reilly called Yellowstone’s script “the best pilot” she’d ever read. She got the script to audition for the role of Beth, and she was stunned by how good it was. As soon as Kelly read the Yellowstone pilot, she was “floored” by Taylor Sheridan’s writing.

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Kelly expressed about Beth, “Every single line of hers in that first pilot I read, I couldn’t believe what I was reading. I have the same reaction that the audience has when she comes out with some of the things she says.” Good thing she got the part!

Cole Hauser Didn’t Audition for Yellowstone

Cole Hauser never auditioned for the role of Rip. From the beginning, Taylor Sheridan knew he was the right choice for the role. Cole has appeared in a number of movies before Yellowstone, including Dazed and Confused, Tigerland, and Good Will Hunting.

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When it came time to cast Cole, Taylor said, “I knew that’s who I wanted from day one. He didn’t audition, and I wanted him from day one. His acting showed intensity and clarity of what the character wanted. There’s no subtext with the guy, and I really liked it.”

The Role Was Written for Gil

Gil Birmingham inspired Taylor Sheridan’s character Chief Thomas Rainwater. Gil appeared in Hell or High Water and Wind River, directed by Taylor. Gil’s roles in Wind River and Yellowstone were written with him in mind.

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He knew what Gil was capable of from previous projects. When Sheridan spoke of Gil, he said, “He’s a very fierce actor. He’s really talented. I called him before I wrote [Yellowstone]. Like, ‘Gil, I’ve got a role that’s right for you, buddy. I hope you come to do this thing with me.’ And he said yes. And I was grateful.”

The Dutton Ranch Is Real

Almost all of the ranch scenes, including the interior of the Duttons’ lodge, were shot at Chief Joseph Ranch in Darby, Montana. It combines modern renovations with historical elements that have been part of the ranch for many years.

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The house was built between 1914 and 1917 using only the original logs and stones found on the property. Chief Joseph Ranch can be visited and stayed at. So if you’re a big show fan, take a little trip to Darby, Montana. That’s probably the only reason to go to Montana.

The Dutton Set Is Always Around

Even when Yellowstone isn’t filming, the little set decoration inside the Dutton family lodge stays up all year. A few family heirlooms have been added to the lodge, along with new couches, drapes, and chairs.

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The lodge appears modernized but feels like it has been occupied for generations by the Dutton family. It was important for the set designers to make it feel like a real home, not just a piece of history. The ranch owners keep the set intact, down to the lamps!

Bonding on a Ranch

The cast took a little pre-filming trip together. Six or seven actors went on a trip for four nights before production began on Season 1.

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Taylor Sheridan asked Jake Ream, who appears on screen as Jake, a wrangler at the Dutton ranch, to take some of the cast on this trip so they could learn what it’s like to be a real cowboy. They worked on a ranch and were around horses the entire trip. The ranch they stayed at belonged to Jake’s grandfather, who owns the property.

The Cast Had Riding Lessons

Becoming a cowboy isn’t all fun and games. The cast didn’t just go on a little trip to a ranch. Every member of the cast had to undergo extensive horseback riding training.

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It turns out that Kelly Reilly, who plays Beth, is the best at horseback riding in the cast. Ironically, anyone who watches the show knows she rides the least and is the least interested in the ranch. Jefferson White is an actor and producer on the show.

Unfit for the Cowboy Life

He was raised as a city boy in New York and had never even seen a horse, much less ridden one. Taylor Sheridan shared, “I remember, we had him out there two or three days in a row. … Horseback riding is all about trust between horse and rider.

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He had these saddle sores he never told anyone about, and he’d bled through his jeans and all over the saddle.” It looks like riding a horse is nothing like walking 5th down.” Jefferson White had a lot to learn, which was a tough and painful ride.