With the ten-part series Yellowstone now airing on the Paramount Network (formerly SpikeTV) on Wednesday nights, I recently sat down with actors Luke Grimes and Kelsey Asbille to talk about making Oscar-nominated screenwriter Taylor Sheridan’s (Wind River, Hell or High Water and Sicario) first TV series. If you aren’t familiar with the show, the series follows the violent world of the Dutton family, who control the largest contiguous ranch in the United States. Led by their patriarch John Dutton (Kevin Costner), the family defends their property against constant attack by land developers, an Indian reservation along its borders, and America’s first National Park. Yellowstone also stars Wes Bentley, Kelly Reilly, Dave Annable, Cole Hauser, Danny Huston, Gil Birmingham, Josh Lucas, Jefferson White, Gretchen Mol, Jill Hennessey, Patrick St. Esprit, Ian Bohen, Heather Hemmons, and Denim Richards.
During the interview, Luke Grimes and Kelsey Asbille talked about how they got involved in the series, how the series doesn’t show people and situations in the limelight, what they like about Sheridan’s writing, what would surprise people about the making of the series, how much they knew about the arc of the season going in, if they can leave the character they’re playing on set or if some of it comes home with them, and more.
Check out what they had to say in the player above and below is exactly what they talked about.
Luke Grimes and Kelsey Asbille:
- How did they both get involved in the project?
- How the show is timely and the way Sheridan tackles things not typical seen in movies and TV.
- How much did they know about the arc of the story prior to filming?
- What would surprise people to learn about the making of Yellowstone?
- Does attending boot camps before filming actually help the performance?
- How much can they leave the character they’re playing on set and how much comes home at night?