When Kevin Costner took a leading role in Yellowstone, he became yet another iconic movie star to make the transition to TV. In Paramount Network’s modern western show, the Hollywood veteran steps into the cowboy boots of John Dutton – the powerful head of America’s biggest contiguous ranch. And his character spends a lot of time butting heads with Roarke Carter, who’s played by Lost’s Josh Holloway. But how do the two on-screen enemies really get on behind the scenes?
Best-known for playing Lost’s rugged anti-hero Sawyer, Holloway is a newcomer to the contemporary cowboy world in Yellowstone. But that didn’t stop the actor from making an instant impression when he showed up in the season three premiere. Of course, that’s largely because the “hedge-fund baller” was thrown into the mix to stir up trouble for Costner’s leading man.
Holloway’s character, you see, wants to make some ambitious changes to Montana’s open plains. His plan to essentially create a brand-new city on Yellowstone land includes a ski resort and airport. Unsurprisingly, the Dutton family aren’t exactly on board. Their relationship goes downhill from there, and it’s not hard to see why. Now, though, Holloway has revealed whether this animosity extends behind the camera, too.
In an interview with Good Housekeeping in June 2020, Holloway explained that he doesn’t consider Carter to be villainous. But at the same time, the actor did acknowledge that he’s not someone to be messed with, saying, “Think of him as the inevitable hammer. He’s not coming at you with bravado or violent energy, but he’s just slowly going to keep rolling over you until you’re done.”
Rather tellingly, Carter first enters the picture when Dutton’s daughter Beth spots him trespassing on her family’s land. Actress Kelly Reilly’s character soon develops an intriguing relationship with the new guy in town. But the situation between the financier and Carter gets so heated that Dutton and his infamous cowboy boots are forced to step in.
Holloway, meanwhile, thought further about his character’s development before admitting to Good Housekeeping that he is, in fact, playing a baddie. The actor added, “Okay, I guess he’s a villain, but no more of a villain than John Dutton. It’s just two opposing forces coming together, which of course, causes a clash.”
Like their on-screen characters, Holloway and Costner don’t appear to have that much in common. The Lost actor only came on the scene in the early ’00s, though his Yellowstone co-star has been a screen fixture since the mid-1980s. That’s right: Costner first came to attention in the western movie Silverado, before taking center stage in the thriller No Way Out. The then-budding actor’s rise to fame continued when he appeared alongside Robert De Niro and Sean Connery as Eliot Ness in gangster classic The Untouchables.
Costner soon became one of the most bankable individuals in all of Hollywood, enjoying box office hits with two movies about baseball: Bull Durham and Field of Dreams. Then, the star’s involvement in Dances with Wolves in 1990 proved that he was just as talented behind the camera as he was in front of it. The Civil War drama won Best Picture at the following year’s Oscars, and Costner was crowned Best Director.
And the hits kept on coming well into the 1990s. Audiences flocked to see Costner’s portrayal of the titular hero in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. Plus, his performance alongside Whitney Houston in the romantic drama The Bodyguard became nothing short of a phenomenon. By the mid-1990s, though, Costner’s peak appeared to be waning, and he had become something of a whipping boy.
After starring in several underperforming movies such as A Perfect World and Wyatt Earp, Costner was probably banking on Waterworld to return him to the top of the A-list. Instead, the costly sea-based adventure flopped with both critics and cinemagoers alike. Another post-apocalyptic flick called The Postman then very nearly sank his career for good.
Thankfully, Costner managed to bounce back at the turn of the century with a well-received turn in Cuban Missile Crisis tale Thirteen Days. And even though the actor’s star power had somewhat diminished, he remained in demand. Rumor Has It, Swing Vote and The Company Men were just a few of the movies that showcased his talents in the ’00s.
Costner ventured on to the small screen in 2012 and achieved an Emmy for his performance in Hatfield and McCoys, the History Channel’s western miniseries. He then landed supporting roles in both Man of Steel and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, played against type in 3 Days to Kill and returned to the sports film genre with Draft Day. Obviously keen to keep busy, the star also portrayed bounty hunter Frank Hamer in Netflix’s 2019 crime drama The Highwaymen.
Of course, we can’t forget how Costner’s role in Yellowstone made him a regular face on our TV screens back in the late 2010s. And even though the actor admitted to IndieWire that he found the different form of storytelling a challenge, critics were impressed with his performance as a brooding rancher.
Costner was asked in the same interview if he knew much about his character’s backstory, and the actor replied, “I would like to, but I’m not always privy to it, no. Sometimes with [John’s] sons or wife or whatever, that’s been really kept in a creative ball. That’s a more vulnerable way to go through life as an actor.” And when referring to his transition to TV, he confessed, “It hasn’t been an easy adjustment for me. I don’t like it too much.”
Costner admitted that he’s worried about Yellowstone outstaying its welcome, too. The star said, “Something can run quite a while if the architecture of it is careful – not explosive, but careful. You can run a long time if you make things really compelling, but that’s a really hard thing to do. It takes a lot of thought. It’s not impulsive writing. It’s writing with a lot of extended thought.”
And Costner also revealed that he’s under no illusions about the man he plays. He said, “I have to look at John and understand – outside the character – ‘Hey, you just crossed a line. There’s no going back from that. You sanctioned a killing.’ You can inform the storytellers, the creators, that, ‘Look, we’ve just done that, and now we have to make sure we deal with it honestly.’”
Costner, as we’ve seen, doesn’t seem to like to take too much time away from the studio. And the star has already made plans for the day his time on Yellowstone comes to an end. He told IndieWire, “I’m going to play the second half of my career out directing, but it could very well be in television. But it won’t be making it up as you go… Listen, a lot of my movies are long. I like the subplots. I like it when it all comes together – [but not when] it’s made up on the fly. I don’t trust that.”
Of course, there is one thing that Costner values even more than his career, and that’s his family. The star first walked down the aisle with fellow alum of California State University Fullerton Cindy Silva at the age of just 22. Then, in 1984, the pair welcomed a daughter into the world. Annie Clayton went on to join her father in the entertainment industry, too – co-founding the production company Sound Off Films.
Costner and Silva then became parents for the second time in 1986. And the multi-talented Lily McCall has often performed alongside her famous father in his country band Kevin Costner & Modern West. Yes, she even shared the screen with him in the 2014 family drama Black or White. The actor’s son Joseph, meanwhile, was born in 1988 and has gone on to form his own mobile studio firm known as Spartan Recording.
Sadly, Costner and Silva ended up going their separate ways amicably in 1994. The Hollywood star became a father for the fourth time when his girlfriend Bridget Rooney gave birth to son Liam two years later. Even though the couple then split shortly after, it wasn’t the end of the Costner brood.
In 2004 Costner married again – this time to handbag designer and former model Christine Baumgartner. Apparently, the couple had actually split up before getting hitched due to their different views about having kids. Three years on from their wedding, they welcomed their first child, Cayden, with Hayes arriving in 2009 and then Grace completing the family unit a year later.
Costner confirmed just how much his seven kids mean to him when he was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2015 Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. He told the audience, “My children have always been bigger than the movies. They’ve always been more important. It’s because of them that I’ve been able to do what I love.” But this still doesn’t tell us what Costner’s like to work with.
From what we know so far, though, it doesn’t seem like Costner would get on the wrong side of his co-stars – even if their characters don’t get along on screen. And if anyone would know whether or not this is true, it’s his fellow Yellowstone actor Josh Holloway. When the former Lost villain hit the promotional trail for the cowboy show’s third season in 2020, he had a lot to say about his fictional enemy.
Holloway admitted to Good Housekeeping that he was initially apprehensive about joining a show that was already so established. And the presence of an Oscar-winning Hollywood favorite didn’t help much, either. Holloway said, “I was nervous about joining the show because Kevin Costner is a legend and I love his work.”
The situation apparently became even more stressful due to the amount of dialog that Holloway had in his first scene with Costner. The actor told the magazine that he “didn’t want to screw it up.” In the end, though, Holloway was left inspired by his co-star’s presence. The actor added, “This guy at this level is still trying to do his best work, and that’s impressive.”
At the time, Holloway refused to talk about whether their characters would eventually clash heads. Though he did offer a spoiler of sorts, adding, “Expect a beautiful opening to a slow burn to a crashing, wild finale. That’s all you need to know.” Holloway also claimed that the season would inspire viewers to embrace their inner cowboy.
Then, in a chat with Collider, Holloway shed light on what it was like to share the screen with a star as big as Costner. He said, “I love working with legends ’cause it’s just so intimidating. Strangely enough, I’ve [become] comfortable being uncomfortable in this business.”
And for those of you wondering, Holloway also confirmed that the characters’ on-screen feud definitely doesn’t extend behind the cameras. He said, “When you work with a legend, you’re shaking in your boots for the first 15 minutes. I’m like, ‘Damn, I hope I don’t f*** this up!’ Kevin Costner is a legend, and I’m one of his biggest fans.” Evidently, Holloway is happy to sing his co-star’s praises out of his earshot, but the star seems to want to keep his cool when he’s fully in it.
Holloway said, “You don’t wanna be a fanboy. You wanna be professional and kick some ass. It was wonderful working with him because he was very present, very humble and still doing the work and not phoning it in. I just have huge respect for that. I had respect for him already, but this is TV and not even a big movie, and he’s doing the work and [is] very present.”
In fact, Holloway claimed that the experience of working alongside such a favorite of his couldn’t have gone any better. He added, “When you meet a legend who just blows you off, and if they don’t care about the work, it’s disappointing, but this was not that. [Costner] was awesome, and on fire.”
The actor may have got on with Holloway like a house on fire while shooting the drama, but that doesn’t mean that Costner gave his new co-star an entirely free ride. Holloway recalled to USA Today how Yellowstone’s leading man wasn’t afraid to put him through his paces when filming got a little more physical.
Holloway referred to a particularly action-packed scene in the show, telling the newspaper, “I’m getting ready to be dragged through the sagebrush. The man himself, Costner, leaned into me and said, ‘You think you’re winning? I’m about to teach you the rules, boy.’ So, yeah, I’m going to get hurt.”
For his part, Costner has yet to discuss his experience working with Holloway, though several of his Yellowstone castmates have. And Kelly Reilly seems particularly pleased with the choice for her new love interest. She told Entertainment Weekly in July 2020, “Maybe some of that freshness has rubbed off. [Holloway] just comes in and doesn’t play the character the way you would imagine. He takes an interesting approach to the role. He was awesome.”
And Reilly was just as enthusiastic about the impact that Holloway’s character has had on her on-screen family. She went on to say, “It’s way bigger than anything that they’ve faced. He does represent the most formidable enemy that they have met. Beth understands this is something the Duttons can’t fight with.”
Reilly was equally as complimentary about Costner when asked what it was like to work with the star by Parade in 2018. She replied, “He’s just such a sweet man and so brilliant. He’s such a brilliant actor, and he’s honestly, the kindest, most humble, relaxed, sweetheart. I feel so lucky to work with him. He’s the one character that Beth is really tethered to.”
And so it appears as though the set of Yellowstone has become the official home of the Kevin Costner fan club. In 2019 Cole Hauser – who plays Dutton’s closest ally Rip Wheeler – even revealed the star played a big part in convincing him to come on board. He told Cinema Blend in November 2019, “I have always watched him from afar and think the world of him as an actor and a storyteller and a director, for that matter.”
That same year Gil Birmingham – a.k.a the Confederated Tribe of Broken Rock Reservation’s chairman Tom Rainwater – was asked by Indian Country Today about the joys of sharing the screen with Costner. He replied, “The few scenes that I’ve had… I haven’t had that many scenes with [him], but he’s really a lot of fun to work with.”
Birmingham then continued, “[Costner is] a very intense individual. He’s very prepared and he loves to rehearse. But carrying the lead of a show, where you’re working practically every single day is so exhausting. I just try to give the actors [who have] got that kind of workload the space they need.”
Costner is thriving on the small screen, but he hasn’t given up his film career just yet. In November 2020 he starred alongside Diane Lane in the movie adaptation of Larry Watson’s Let Him Go: A Novel. This isn’t the first time the two leads have appeared opposite each other, either. Lane and Costner also showed up as Superman’s parents in 2013’s Man of Steel.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Lane was nothing but effusive when she was asked by People magazine about playing the wife of Costner on the big screen once again. She said, “[Costner] is both a great team player and an encouraging leader. He is fully invested in making things as good as possible.”
While Costner’s co-stars seem to be very much in awe of his work, it doesn’t look as though any of them have confessed to developing romantic feelings for him. But given how much time actors can spend together on set, it’s hardly surprising that this can happen. Take Matthew Perry, for instance, who reportedly fell in love with one of his Friends co-stars. And some say he just hasn’t been able to get over it.
Of course, anybody who knows their Hollywood history is aware that Perry is no stranger to mixing business with pleasure. In 1995, for instance, the actor began stepping out with the star of Pretty Woman, Julia Roberts. And it’s likely no coincidence that the A-lister then played Chandler Bing’s girlfriend in the 1996 Friends two-parter, “The One After the Superbowl.”
Then, in 2006, Perry entered into a relationship with actress Lizzy Caplan. The pair would also share the screen in “Ben and Vivian,” a 2011 episode of Mr. Sunshine. That was, of course, the sitcom Perry had both co-created and starred in. Just a year later, however, the couple decided to go their separate ways.
Before the fame and the love affairs, though, Perry was pretty much like everybody else. He began his acting career in his mid-teens, performing improv at Sherman Oaks’ LA Connection while still at high school. And after one-off appearances in various sitcoms, the actor finally landed the recurring role of Chazz Russell in Boys Will Be Boys. Perry then made his big-screen debut in 1988, appearing in A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon.
Perry continued to rack up the TV credits, including a three-episode stint on Growing Pains. In fact, he played Valerie Bertinelli’s younger sibling in Sydney, showed up as Roger in Beverly Hills, 90210, and joined the cast of short-lived sitcom Home Free. But Perry’s life changed forever when he auditioned for the role of Chandler Bing in a brand new show.
You see, Chandler Bing joined Phoebe Buffay, Rachel Green, Joey Tribbiani and Monica and Ross Geller as the group of six central characters who would take the world by storm. Friends became nothing short of a global phenomenon after debuting on NBC in 1994, after all. And Perry’s comic timing proved to be one of the show’s biggest weapons.
For those who have somehow missed Friends over the past quarter of a century, Chandler Bing is the most sarcastic and wisecracking member of the group. And his humor is regarded as a defense mechanism for having experienced a difficult childhood. It’s eventually revealed, you see, that his mother is a writer of erotic love stories, while his father became a Las Vegas drag star.
In the show’s early seasons, too, the character is best known for his bromance with housemate Joey Tribbiani, played by Matt LeBlanc. So Chandler is seen as the intelligent half who often provides financial support for his best buddy. And in return, the more cocksure Joey helps out with dating advice. The pair also live across the hall from Monica Geller (portrayed by Courteney Cox), who is the sister of Chandler’s old schoolfriend Ross (David Schwimmer).
In the show, Chandler hands out money to Joey at a moment’s notice because he’s one of the wealthiest characters. However, a running joke is that none of his friends know exactly what it is he does. Officially, though, Chandler works in the area of statistical analysis and data reconfiguration – a job that he detests.
But like any classic sitcom character, Chandler Bing has his own catchphrase. With the emphasis placed on the third word, “Could that BE any more…” is how the character often starts his quips. Chandler is also renowned for his hard-to-quit smoking habit and his major commitment issues – brought on by the divorce of his dysfunctional parents.
In fact, Chandler’s fear of commitment first rears its head in his on/off relationship with motormouth Janice Hosenstein (Maggie Wheeler). The pair actually split up at the end of Friends’ first season. However, Chandler becomes so afraid of loneliness that he ends up calling her out of the blue in season two. Yet Janice has not only since got hitched to another man, but she’s also carrying her husband’s baby.
The Chandler-and-Janice story doesn’t end there, though. At the end of the same season, in fact, Chandler forges an online relationship with a mysterious woman. And it’s only when they agree to meet in person that he discovers that the stranger he’s been chatting to all that time is his former girlfriend. It turns out that Janice had decided to hit the internet-dating scene after being cheated on by her husband.
Unfortunately for Chandler, though, Janice isn’t ready to completely give up on her marriage. And after he later catches Janice kissing her wayward husband, Chandler realizes that he has to let her go. Yet Janice – famous for her “Oh My God” utterance – pops up from time to time throughout the show’s seven further seasons.
In the fourth season, however, Chandler finds himself in a love triangle with his BFF. Yes, the sarcastic singleton spots aspiring actress Kathy (Paget Brewster) in the gang’s Central Perk hangout and plucks up the courage to ask her out. Awkwardly, though, it turns out that Kathy is already waiting for a date – who just happens to be Chandler’s housemate, Joey.
Yet while Chandler tries to keep his feelings for Kathy in check, the pair eventually end up sharing a kiss. And after finding out about this betrayal, a distraught Joey thinks about moving out. Thankfully, though, Chandler agrees to spend some thinking time trapped in a wooden box, and the pair later manage to resolve their differences.
But all of the high drama proves to be nothing. In fact, shortly after putting his longtime friendship with Joey in great jeopardy, Chandler splits with Kathy. And it’s all his own fault, too. Jealous over a sex scene that the actress has, Chandler ultimately ends up pushing her into the arms of her co-star.
Of course, Chandler’s next love interest would shock both his friends and audiences alike. While in London to attend Ross’ wedding, you see, Chandler ends up sleeping with the groom’s sister, Monica. And the pair – who have known each other for years – end up turning their one-night stand into a full-blown relationship.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, though, the couple initially choose to keep their unlikely romance a secret from the rest of the gang. But one by one, each friend eventually finds out. And although Ross is first appalled, he later realizes that his best friend and sister are made for each other.
In fact, Monica and Chandler end up walking down the aisle themselves at the end of the seventh season. And by the time that Friends wraps up for good after 236 episodes, the couple have also become parents to adopted twins. Away from the cameras, too, the real-life friends have continued to flit in and out of one another’s lives ever since.
Speaking at the Summer TCA press tour in 2016, Matt LeBlanc told People that he still has a strong connection with his on-screen BFF, Perry. He said, “I love that guy! I can not see him for five years and then get in a room together and still have that shorthand with each other. It’s amazing, really. Ten years in a building with no windows and the doors locked, we got to know each other pretty well.”
Lisa Kudrow – who played Phoebe Buffay – was also keen to sing Perry’s praises in a 2019 chat with InStyle. She said, “On the last week of filming, Matthew actually gave me [Rachel and Monica’s] cookie jar as a wrap gift. Everything on the set was technically owned by Warner Bros, so he had to ask special permission to take it. And that alone meant so much to me.”
Yet not everything has always been completely rosy in the Friends world. In 2013, for instance, Perry admitted that he had attempted to keep his substance abuse problem a secret from the rest of the cast members. He told ABC News, “Mostly it was drinking, you know, and opiates. I think I was pretty good at hiding it, but, you know, eventually people were aware.”
Perry and LeBlanc were also notable by their absences at the 2015 wedding of Justin Theroux and Jennifer Aniston – who played Rachel Green in Friends. When asked at the Television Critics Association press tour about his no-show, Perry replied, “I wasn’t invited. So what can you do?” Perry failed to join the rest of his Friends co-stars a year later, too, at a tribute to one of the show’s directors, James Burrows.
Perry also put a spanner in the works when it came to a potential Friends reunion. For in 2016 he told Vanity Fair, “I have this recurring nightmare. I’m not kidding about this. When I’m asleep, I have this nightmare that we do Friends again and nobody cares.” But he didn’t finish there.
Yes, a refreshingly honest Perry continued talking about his nightmare. He added, “We do a whole series, we come back, and nobody cares about it. So if anybody asks me, I’m gonna say no. The thing is: we ended on such a high. We can’t beat it. Why would we go and do it again?”
Regardless, Friends fans were left more hopeful about a possible reunion in October 2019 when Aniston opened an Instagram account. That’s because the actress’ first picture on the photo-sharing platform was a selfie with all five of her Friends co-stars. The snap was liked by over eight million people within 24 hours of being uploaded.
Then, a month later, Courteney Cox also nearly broke the internet with a photo of herself and Perry. Referencing both Monica Geller and Chandler Bing’s famous catchphrases, the actress captioned the snap, “Guess who I had lunch with today… I know!! Could I be any happier?” She concluded with the hashtag #realfriends
And several of their fellow Friends castmates were quick to respond to the photo. Lisa Kudrow replied, “Lucky, lucky. #beautifulpeople,” while Aniston commented, “I love you, guys.” Of course, the image also sparked a rumor that had previously surfaced several years beforehand. Yes, according to various sources, this was more proof that Perry was head-over-heels in love with his former on-screen wife.
In fact, an unnamed insider apparently told Us Weekly that Perry’s feelings about Cox were nothing new. They allegedly said, “Matthew’s always been in love with her. Matthew has never fully been able to get over her.” The source also apparently claimed that “any girl he’s tried to date looked similar to Courteney.”
Reports about a possible romance between the pair actually first emerged in 2015 when Cox briefly split from singer/songwriter Johnny McDaid. In fact, rumors spread that Perry had comforted his Friends co-star during this difficult time and that their once platonic relationship had turned into a romantic one.
At the time, for instance, another anonymous source allegedly told blogger Perez Hilton, “It’s no surprise that Matthew was one of the first people Courteney called after Johnny left her. They’ve leaned on each other before. There isn’t any pressure to put a label on it just yet, but they’re excited to see where this might go.” But was there any other evidence to back this up?
Well, body language expert Judi James believes there are signs of romantic feelings between the pair. As she told The Sun in 2019, “A generation of fans identified with the Friends cast and grew up alongside them, meaning we part-believe their characters exist in real life. It’s not hard to see that theirs has been a genuinely intense relationship.”
James also pored over different photos of the pair to make her observations. She added, “At times their body language suggests sibling bonding with each looking out for the other. Although there are some clues in their poses that the rumors of unrequited or even reciprocated love do hold water.” But that wasn’t all.
The National Enquirer also got in on the act with a story headlined, “Courteney’s Last-Ditch Plan To Save Matthew!” In the accompanying article, the long-running tabloid alleged that Cox had told Perry that “the door is open for a romance.” But there was apparently one condition. According to the report, Perry apparently had to get his act together first.
As yet another unnamed source supposedly explained, “She’s told Matt that he’s a charming, wonderful guy with a lot to offer. But she’s not interested in dating someone with too much baggage. If Matt can stay sober for a sustained period of time and keep his nose clean, the word is Courteney will give him a shot.”
But such talk appeared to be somewhat wishful thinking. You see, the rumors initially started when a picture emerged of Perry and Cox enjoying a spot of lunch. Yet the Sunday Mirror newspaper revealed that the photo had been taken back in 2005 – not long after Friends had finished for good.
Besides, even if Perry had happened to have romantic feelings for Cox, they seem unlikely to have been reciprocated. That’s because while Cox may have split from musician boyfriend McDaid in early 2016 – just months after they’d gotten engaged – the pair have since reconciled. They’re still together, too, though they’ve yet to walk down the aisle.
In November 2019 a source apparently told In Touch Weekly that Cox and the rest of the Friends gang had also been playing matchmaker on behalf of Perry. And this was just a week after the actress had uploaded the mini-reunion picture that had gotten everyone’s tongues wagging. The source then reportedly claimed that Perry had been trying online dating without much luck.
As the insider supposedly went on to claim, “His former co-stars think he should ditch them to meet a more appropriate woman. They’re rallying around Matt to make him feel loved, especially Courteney, who hates seeing her pal so lonely. While their careers have flourished since Friends, Matt’s spent years battling his demons and rarely leaves the house.”
Whatever the real story, though, Perry will next be contributing to a HBO Max special about Friends. Yes, although the Central Park gang still haven’t agreed to a full-blown reunion, they are reportedly in talks to appear in an unscripted one-off show about the hit sitcom. All six main cast members, alongside co-creators Marta Kauffmann and David Crane, are expected to feature as well.