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To promote the upcoming fifth season of the hit show Yellowstone, the actor who plays Rip Wheeler, Cole Hauser, stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
When Hauser first came out, Fallon spoke about how huge Yellowstone is and pointed out that last season’s premiere had 14 million viewers tuning in. Throughout the interview, they touched on a lot of things, like rapper Drake being a huge fan of his and requesting a pair of Rips worn boots.
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Fallon asked Hauser if he always wanted to play Rip, or if he had his sights initially set on another character. His short answer: Yes.
“What resonated to me was Rip. He has a darkness that I love, and a passion with Beth. I just thought, ‘This is a character that can not only grow, but there’s tons of colors in him. And as an actor that’s kind of what you dream of.”
Fallon asked him, “Did you know your character would become a heartthrob?”
Immediately, Hauser said with a smile, “No, Jimmy.”
After showing him some epic Rip Halloween costumes, Fallon asked him what we can expect in Season 5 of Yellowstone. He said we will be seeing a lot of Beth and Rip now that they are married, and that Rip has more responsibility on the ranch now that Kevin Costner’s John Dutton is the governor of Montana.
And with that, Fallon shared a clip from the Season 5 premiere. It showed a deep conversation between newlyweds Beth and Rip, where she emotionally tells her husband that she robbed them of so much time together, and that “it is still robbing” them.
He tells her, “Whatever it took I’m fine with it. I’m happy, Beth. With you, with life.”
Beth doubles down and says, “But we needed what it took.”
Rip hugs her tight and says to his wife, “You need to find somebody new to fight.”
We can only assume she is talking about the abortion (and subsequent hysterectomy) she had as a teen after becoming pregnant with his child many years ago.
This clip made us extremely excited for Season 5, which has a special two-hour premiere on Sunday, November 13th.
Watch Hauser’s full interview below. The Yellowstone clip begins at 4:51.