Faith Hill and her husband Tim McGraw got candid about pushing their boundaries as husband and wife while filming their series 1883 in their latest People cover story.
Faith, 54, revealed how she struggled to film an intimate scene with her husband in a bathtub for the show, which is a prequel to Kevin Costner’s popular Yellowstone series.
The songstress admitted she found the whole process of being so exposed ‘uncomfortable,’ though working with her husband helped calm her nerves.
Lovers and coworkers: Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, both 54, delved into their struggles acting together for the first time on the set of 1883 for their new People cover story
The scene, in which Faith and Tim, 54, take a bath together, was one of the ‘most difficult’ parts of working on the series.
‘It was really uncomfortable for me personally because I’m a very shy person in that type of situation,’ recounted the This Kiss singer. ‘I obviously feel comfortable with my husband, but this is different. For intimate scenes, I feel like that belongs to us.’
Sicario screenwriter Taylor Sheridan, who co-created 1883 and Yellowstone, helped the longtime couple feel more relaxed about shooting such a revealing scene by closing the set so that only a small number of essential crew members would be nearby.
The care he took in allowing Faith and Tim to relax worked, and she said the scene ‘turned out to be beautiful.’
Intimate: Faith said it was ‘really uncomfortable’ for her to film a nude scene in which she and Tim took a bath together. ‘I obviously feel comfortable with my husband, but this is different. For intimate scenes, I feel like that belongs to us’
Privacy: She recounted how Taylor Sheridan, who co-created the Yellowstone prequel 1883, closed the set for more privacy. She said the scene ‘turned out to be beautiful’
Sheridan originally sought out Tim to play a 19th century ancestor to Yellowstone’s John Dutton (Kevin Costner) in the premiere episode of season four, and since then he and his wife are leading a prequel series.
Yellowstone follows Dutton’s trials and tribulations as he tries to lead and protect the largest contiguous ranch in Montana, while 1883 will follow earlier members of his family as they travel west before eventually establishing the ranch that will one day be his.
In addition to Tim and Faith, The Big Lebowski’s Sam Elliott and Billy Bob Thornton both star in the prequel.
The country singing couple have both acted before in several projects, but they had never encountered the challenge of acting together before.
In order to make sure they aren’t letting their relationship improperly influence their scenes, they try not to do any rehearse when they’re at home.
Cameo role: Sheridan originally cast Tim as a 19th century ancestor to Yellowstone’s John Dutton (Kevin Costner) in the premiere episode of season four
Keeping it separate: Faith said they don’t work on scenes together until they’re on set. ‘It’s important that we react to one another naturally as characters not as husband and wife’
‘We have made it a point not to work on our scenes together until we’re on set,’ Faith explained. ‘It’s important that we react to one another naturally as characters not as husband and wife.’
That also ensures that they’re developing their scenes in conjunction with whichever director is working on that episode, as well as Sheridan.
Their first time together on an acting project seems to have left Tim inspired by his wife’s skills.
‘It’s been incredible to do scenes together and to watch her work,’ he said.
‘I’ve never had so much fun in my life,’ McGraw continued, while Faith added, ‘I don’t want to stop.’
Their dedication to 1883 meant that they ended up having an unorthodox celebration on set for their 25th wedding anniversary.
‘I was hauling a** in a carriage through a river,’ Faith shared. ‘That was our big celebration.’
The best time: ‘It’s been incredible to do scenes together and to watch her work,’ he said. ‘I’ve never had so much fun in my life,’ McGraw continued, while Faith added, ‘I don’t want to stop’; seen in 2018 in Nashville
Tim even joked that his wife was able to let off some steam when she was in character on 1883.
‘We had this scene where she has to slap me. I was expecting a finger slap but it was a paw to the jaw. There was 25 years of pent-up aggression going on!’ joked the Just To See You Smile singer. ‘When you see it on screen, you realize it was a genuine hit.’
In August, McGraw shared in an essay for Esquire that Hill’s affections and support had helped him quit drinking after it began to consume his life.
‘I remember a moment when I was getting out of bed and going to the liquor cabinet and taking a big shot at 8:00 in the morning and thinking, I have to wake the kids up,’ he recalled.
‘I went straight to my wife and said, “This is where I’m at.” I was scared. She just grabbed me and hugged me and changed my life.’
The actor and country star previously revealed that he used alcohol to calm his nerves before performances, but it soon became impossible for him to perform without being intoxicated.
But since cutting alcohol out of his life, he’d managed to lose 40 pounds and was feeling better than ever after starting up an exercise regimen.
Whatever works: They ended up having an unorthodox celebration on set for their 25th wedding anniversary on set. ‘I was hauling a** in a carriage through a river,’ Faith said. ‘That was our big celebration’; seen in 2017 in Las Vegas