The relationship between fan-favorite couple Beth Dutton and Rip Wheeler, played by actors Kelly Reilly and Cole Hauser respectively, has become one of the cornerstones of Yellowstone. Before Reilly landed the role on the hit series, she had a number of notable roles, but her rude turn on the hit Paramount series was a breakthrough. “Beth is the most challenging role I’ve ever had to play,” Reilly told The Wrap in May. Reilly devoted himself to the character early on. “I kept to myself for the first few years, just kind of hiding in the role,” she added.
During the Season 4 finale, the romance between Beth and Rip took center stage as the longtime partners tied the knot in a whirlwind wedding, in which Beth kidnapped a priest to perform the ceremony. “I mean, the way it went down was pretty wild … I found it quite touching at the end,” Hauser told Entertainment Tonight in January while discussing the nuptials. Reilly particularly liked how her character managed to pull off the ceremony. “I love her wedding and it’s just so typically Beth,” she added.
Though the two found great chemistry working together, they were quick to praise series creator Taylor Sheridan for writing such dynamic characters. “I think Taylor just did an amazing job of bringing these two kids together,” Hauser told CinemaBlend in 2021. The actor has also said that being in a real relationship influenced his work with Reilly.
Cole Hauser draws from his real marriage
Forming an iconic couple was no fluke for Kelly Reilly and Cole Hauser. The two drew on real-life chemistry to develop their characters. “Oh, Cole is my buddy. We’re such good friends,” the True Detective actor told Looper in 2021. In fact, the two “Yellowstone” stars are not only friends, but they’ve also formed relationships with each other’s spouses. “We trust each other. I’ve been married ten years and he’s been married forever and his wife is incredible and wonderful. We’re all friends,” Reilly added.
Hauser has echoed his co-star’s sentiments. He married actress Cynthia Daniel in 2006 and has spoken about how marriage has impacted the screen in real life. “I feel like that Kelly and I stuff, there are some moments in it that I’ve certainly been able to leverage from my own relationship,” Hauser told Entertainment Tonight in January. “I couldn’t ask for a better partner,” he said, referring to Reilly.
Both “Yellowstone” stars have mentioned how their connection has allowed them to push the boundaries of Beth Dutton and Rip Wheeler’s romance. “As for Kelly and I and our relationship, not just on screen but off screen … I just feel free to do whatever we want to do with her as creative souls,” Hauser told Deadline in February he hopes the partnership will continue. “I want to do at least five more years.” The electricity on screen has created a bond between the two actors.
Kelly Reilly and Cole Hauser share cute Instagram posts
Kelly Reilly and Cole Hauser are so compelling as Beth Dutton and Rip Wheeler that most fans probably won’t be surprised that the actors get along so well in real life. What may surprise “Yellowstone” viewers, however, is how different Reilly is from her on-screen role. “She is one of the sweetest people and the sweetest actresses. She has to go that far to get to Beth,” Wes Bentley, who plays her adopted brother Jamie Dutton on the show, told CinemaBlend in 2021. Hauser had similarly kind words for Reilly, and during her run as one of television’s most famous couples, he was quick to praise his on-screen wife in interviews. “She’s one of my favorite actresses that I’ve ever worked with and it was just so much fun working with her on this relationship,” he told CinemaBlend.
Hauser’s affection for his “Yellowstone” co-star extends beyond interviews, as he’s often been effusive on social media. “So enjoying working with this wonderful creative being @mzkellyreilly,” the Good Will Hunting actor wrote on Instagram in 2021, alongside a still from the show of Rip Wheeler hugging Beth Dutton. Reilly has also embraced their on-screen romance, sharing several shots from the series on her Instagram, including a January post of the two characters kissing.