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‘Yellowstone’ star Cole Hauser recalls the moment he realized Rip Wheeler was a heartthrob: ‘She goosed me!’

Cole Hauser didn’t know His character Rip Wheeler in “Yellowstone” It was heartbreaking until having an unforgettable encounter with a stranger.

“When did I realize that?” The actor laughed at Fox News Digital. “I think when this old lady grabbed my one– at Whole Foods.”

“That was about four years ago,” he shared. “She goes, ‘Are you a rip-off?’ And he made me laugh! I was like, ‘Holy s—, what are you doing? You’re like my mom’s age.’ She’s like, ‘I don’t give a f—.’ I was like, ‘Okay, fair game.'”

“I told my mom about it. She goes, ‘Get used to it son,'” said the 47-year-old.

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"yellowstone," Created by Taylor Sheridan, a ranch in Montana tells the story of a family as they face off against others encroaching on their land.  Cole Hauser stars as Rip Wheeler.

“Yellowstone”, created by Taylor Sheridan, tells the story of a ranch family in Montana, as they face off against others encroaching on their land. Cole Hauser stars as Rip Wheeler.
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Hauser, who has starred in the drama since 2018, was previously seen showering outside for the “Sexiest Man Alive” issue of People magazine. And there’s no doubt that Westerns are hotter than ever in Hollywood.

After the Kevin Costner-led “Yellowstone” hit, the Paramount+ streaming service ordered a “1932” series about the roots of the Dutton ranching family. In February, the service also announced that the first prequel, “1883,” would return for a second season. It stars Sam Elliott, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.

In 2021, “The Harder The Fall” hits both theaters and Netflix, while “Outer Range” can be found on Amazon. At this year’s Oscars, Jane Campion wins Best Director With “The Power of the Dog”, which earned 11 nominations. “Old Henry,” an action western, also premiered late last year.

In May of this year, British actor Tom Blyth made his mark as the legendary outlaw Billy the Kid for a new EPIX series.

Hauser noted that there’s a reason fans can’t get enough of “Yellowstone” in particular — and he insists it has nothing to do with making their hearts sizzle.

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Cole Hauser credits writer Taylor Sheridan for starting the Western comeback in Hollywood.

Cole Hauser credits writer Taylor Sheridan for starting the Western comeback in Hollywood.
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“Well, first of all, this isn’t a Western, it’s Taylor Sheridan writing,” he told the filmmaker. “It starts with him and the stories he’s telling, the characters he’s developed, the actors he’s hired, the crew. In my opinion, [he’s] One of the great American writers and he’s telling stories he knows well and cares about.”

And the story comes closer to home. Hauser grew up in Santa Barbara, California, and on a farm in Oregon, where he spent much of his childhood riding horses and “walking around with cows,” People magazine reported. Hauser said that he feels completely comfortable in the show’s Montana setting.

Whose extension is “Yellowstone”? [Sheridan’s] love and passion for the West – and so am I,” Hauser said. “I think there [are] Amazing stories to be told even in the modern setting of ‘Yellowstone’.”

and the show has grown a surprising fan – drake,

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Cole Hauser and his wife Cynthia Daniels attend the 56th Annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on November 9, 2022 in Nashville, Tennessee. Hauser told Fox News that Digital Drake is a “Yellowstone” fan.
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“A friend of mine … sent me a picture,” Hauser recalled. “He had a hoodie with the ‘Yellowstone’ brand on and I was like, ‘Holy s—, he’s a fan.’ Then he said, ‘Listen, his birthday is coming up and I think it would be really cool if you sign something for him.’ I was like, ‘Absolutely.'”

Hauser sent the rapper, whose real name is Aubrey Drake Graham, a pair of signed cowboy boots. The 36-year-old proudly mocked him on social media.

“He posted them and the rest is history,” said the father of three. “It seems like everyone finds out about these things pretty quickly.”

Season 5 of ‘Yellowstone’ will premiere on November 13. The Associated Press contributed to this report.