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Jefferson White to Take Fans Behind the Scenes of ‘Yellowstone’ with New Podcast


You know what fans of Yellowstone want to? Following Yellowstone! Thankfully, Jefferson White, who fans know best as ranch / former bronc rider Jimmy Hurdstrom, is ready to deliver with The Official Yellowstone Podcast. This 10-episode podcast series will explore the world of Yellowstone, both on and off screen. Featuring interviews with cast members Kelly Reilly, Cole Hauser, Wes Bentley, Luke Grimes, Kelsey Asbile and more, the podcast will explore the legacy of the Duttons and share insight into the motivations and inner workings of its rich cast. of characters, directly from the actors themselves.

Unlike other TV podcasts, The Official Yellowstone Podcast will go beyond normal recaps and traditional interviews. The series will also feature conversations with experts such as Forrie J. Smith, Mo Brings Plenty (both also cast members) and other authorities who share their thoughts on the cultures and communities that are essential parts of the Yellowstone story. They cover everything from the cattle trade to the rodeo circuit to the domestic politics of the neighboring reserve. Similar to the show itself, The Official Yellowstone Podcast prides itself on providing an authentic and comprehensive rendering of the modern American West in all its complexity.

We had the opportunity to speak to host Jefferson White about his love of all things Yellowstone, his interview technique, and which cast members will appear in subsequent episodes of the podcast.

Decision-maker: with your Bunkhouse Stories YouTube series and your beautiful filming photographs, you are the unofficial historian of Yellowstone. How did you first get involved with The Official Yellowstone Podcast and 101 Studios?

Jefferson White: Thanks so much for saying that. I’m a huge fan of the show and have been since I first read the pilot’s script four years ago now. People approached me about the podcast and what excited me the most was the opportunity to dig a little deeper and talk to some of my coworkers, especially the cast, crew and crew. creative team.

I was particularly interested in finding out what it was like for them to immerse themselves in the community and culture of the modern American West, a world that has been so new to me and endlessly fascinating. The podcast is an opportunity to share perspectives on all things Yellowstone with my peers and collaborators. Peers is a strong word – I should call them my “wise and best”.

You play two roles for Yellowstone fans: first, your character, Jimmy Hurdstrom, is essential to the series; and second, you’re one of the show’s best experts and biggest fans. How do you balance the two roles?

What reconciles these two roles is that Jimmy is in a constant state of learning. He always struggles to keep up, and that’s how I really feel. I am far from being an expert in this world, I am still very beginner. Cowboying and herding are long-standing pursuits that I have been in for about four years. [laughs]. Jimmy and I both have a ton to learn, and we’re both determined to do our best to learn it.

There will be 10 episodes of The Official Yellowstone Podcast in total. What part of the podcast have you recorded so far?

We’ve done four or five interviews, and I’m heading to Vegas later today to do another five or six interviews, which I’m really looking forward to. It’s such a great opportunity to talk to people. I got to chat with some of my friends like Jake Ream, Ian Bohen, Denim Richards, but I also got to know the actors that I don’t share a lot of screen time with. There are a lot of actors on the show that Jimmy’s character never meets. I enjoyed learning more about them personally and getting insight into the creative processes.

One episode I can’t wait to hear is “Love in the Time of Yellowstone” with Kelly Reilly and Cole Hauser talking about the creation of Beth and Rip’s relationship. Have you ever interviewed Kelly Reilly or Cole Hauser?

I’ll talk to Kelly Riley first, and I can’t wait. She’s such an incredible force of nature on the show, and I’ve been a huge fan of her work as Beth for the past four years. For some on the show, both behind the scenes and on screen, the cowboy is an on-going quest, but acting is Kelly’s on-going quest. She is such an amazing actress with such amazing work. I am so excited to continue learning from her.

The Official Yellowstone Podcast understands that while Yellowstone is known as a cowboy show… it’s also a cowboy show. Audiences just got a glimpse of it with the appearance of legendary horse trainer Buster Welch in Episode 5. How will the podcast explore the authenticity of the series’ hallmark?

A lot of the folks on the show have actually spent their lives in the American West ranching and cowboying. The podcast is a deeper dive into the backgrounds of these cowboy actors whose real lives truly match the fictional trajectory of Yellowstone. Working with them and learning from them has been crucial for me as an actor and a pleasure to boot.

On the podcast, I speak to Forrie J. Smith and Mo Brings Plenty, two guys who have spent their entire lives in this world. Something that writers Yellowstone to do it successfully is to make these characters seem like they have rich, full stories even though they don’t have a lot of screen time. This is absolutely the case for a lot of these actors as well as their characters. The podcast gave me the opportunity to learn and explore the real-life experiences of those actors that you just can’t see onscreen the way you’d like.

Obviously, most of the talent that will be featured on The Official Yellowstone Podcast are your friends and colleagues. Does it make your job easier or harder? How do you prepare these recordings?

What makes it easier is that all of these actors and team members are incredibly talented and brilliant people. At the end of the day, it’s my job to ask questions and be genuinely curious, which is easy because all of these people have fascinating lives. It’s easy to be curious when everyone I talk to has such a fascinating history and has such a wealth of information and experiences. I’m a huge fan of the work of these artists, so it’s only natural for me to want to dig deep and uncover their stories.

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The Official Yellowstone Podcast will feature the upcoming prequel series, 1883. Will you be one of the first to welcome stars Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Sam Eliott and LaMonica Garrett to the Yellowstone family? What can you tell us about these episodes?

I’m incredibly excited to get to know these actors as a huge fan. The cast of 1883 is remarkable. I was so excited for the show that these casting announcements came out. It’s like the icing on the cake that I’m talking to them. As a big fan of Yellowstone, I’m so excited about 1883. I voraciously ate every little treat, every screenshot, every image the creative team shared. I can’t wait to watch 1883 as a fan.

Can you tell us some of the upcoming guests Yellowstone can fans expect to hear on the podcast?

People have been very generous in taking the time to do these interviews with me. I will be speaking very soon with Forrie J. Smith, Kelly Reilly, Cole Hauser and Luke Grimes. We’ve spoken to Mo Brings Plenty, Kelsey Asbille, Jake Ream, Ian Bohen, Denim Richards, and Wes Bentley before. We all have them; we have all the hits! [laughs] I really enjoyed the rich and fascinating conversation I had with Wes. We talked all about Jamie’s character and how Wes approaches working on this complicated character. I can’t wait to participate in more conversations like this on the podcast with the Yellowstone actors and team.

You can listen to the first episode of the official Yellowstone podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher.

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