The 45-year-old breakout star of Western hit Yellowstone, Cole Hauser, first made his start by appearing in a number of cult classic films in the 1990s. However, in a recent podcast interview, the actor indicated he had no idea of his future success when he landed his first roles years before the start of Paramount’s biggest cable series.
Cole Hauser has recalled his humble beginnings as a young actor during his recent appearance on The Ryen Russillo Podcast.
The Yellowstone star sat down with Russillo to preview the upcoming season of Yellowstone, as well as reminisce about his early days as a young actor.
Hauser, best known for portraying ranch hand Rip Wheeler, was also named one of People’s Sexiest Men Alive in 2020, and is set to appear alongside Mel Gibson in upcoming feature film, Panama.
Well before he landed a starring role in Taylor Sheridan’s hit TV drama, Hauser started out as a supporting player in some of the biggest cult classics of the ‘90s.
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He told Russillo: “What started it was School Ties. That was my break, with Matt Damon, Ben [Affleck], Brendan Fraser, Chris O’Donnell, Randall Batinkoff.
“First, it’s like ‘holy s**t, this is working. I can’t believe I’m actually doing what I want to do here.’”
The future Yellowstone star first appeared in the 1992 prep school drama School Ties, which also launched the careers of Hollywood A-Listers Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.
He then went on to secure a minor role in Richard Linklater’s high school hang out film Dazed and Confused.
Soon after Dazed and Confused, he reunited with his School Ties co-stars Damon and Affleck in the hit independent picture, Good Will Hunting.
Also featuring an Oscar-winning performance from Robin Williams, the film went on to earn over $225 million at the box office against a $10 million budget, a far cry from the earnings of Hauser’s first projects.
He added: “Gramercy put Dazed out and then pulled it a week later, so Dazed wasn’t supposed to be what it was.
“School Ties was a very good film, but it didn’t make a lot of money.
“And then Good Will, I had a small part in it, but nobody knew that that was gonna do what it was gonna do.”
Even so, for Hauser acting has never been about financial success, and the star even claimed he was previously offered alternative TV roles which could have earned him a sizable paycheck.
Thankfully, the seasoned actor opted for a role in Taylor Sheridan’s first project as a TV showrunner, and is on his way to become one of the most bankable stars of the small screen.
Finally, he said: “Everything happens for a reason in your career. It’s all about timing, and being in the right place at the right time and being prepared.”
Hauser is currently wrapping up production on the fourth season of Yellowstone, which is due to hit screens this summer.
Yellowstone season 2 is available to download now and on DVD and Blu-ray March 15 in the UK.