1883’s Isabel May Says Faith Hill and Tim McGraw Were Like Her Parents On Set (Exclusive) (2023)


Faith Hill and Isabel May chat with ET’s Cassie DiLaura about ‘1883.’ Portraying the ancestors of ‘Yellowstone’s Dutton family turned into a family affair behind the scenes for the actors. May plays Elsa, the daughter of James (Tim McGraw) and Margaret (Hill). According to May, the role is ‘a dream come true’ and the married country music stars were like her real ‘mom and dad’ while filming. ‘1883’ premieres Dec. 19 on Paramount+.

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Well first of all congratulations on 1883, I'm, loving this mother-daughter duo, how great has it been look at the way you guys, look at each other, how great has it been to work so closely together on this project it's been hard work it's been fun.

I mean, we've done things.

Well, I think I can definitely speak for myself, but probably isabel as well and she's capable of speaking herself.

We've done things that I that we've never imagined doing and done before.

We've had a good time.

It's been hard work, yeah, and it shows it's been hard work, but doing it with you my goodness she's, one of a kind she's, the loveliest person I've ever met oliver took off for your tv.

Mom, that's, pretty cool I'm as lucky as yeah, I'm, very lucky.

I'm very lucky.

There were two journeys.

One was filled with danger and death and despair.

The other adventure and wonder I was on the latcher, and you get to share the screen a lot with her husband, tim mcgraw as well.

Now going into this project were you a big? Timing faith fan, nope.

She didn't even stop.

It she still hasn't heard a dead dumb one, I know, but I'm like I'm, actually, I'm actively not listening to any of their music just because I they're, yeah, they're, you know, beautiful, incredible singer human faith.

Well, that made sense right? Total sense.

Well, tim just announced a tour.

So you're gonna have to go check that out next year for sure is there music on this set, I know you guys are busy obviously filming.

But in the down time that you have do you guys do any music or I mean felt out of tune every once in a while, I think everyone has their music playing in their ear pods or something but off, you know on while on set, no, I really they're, really, I mean, I can only I don't think so, okay, no.

No campfire sessions.

Have you? No, no.

I haven't heard any music.

Yeah, yeah.

I don't think we're having we're having we're enjoying ourselves, but we're, not necessarily having that way you james, dude, yes, sir mind.

If we speak, but if you're selling ain't buying daddy, our families meet me here tonight and we're heading north and we'll, keep heading north to lafayette country, it's worth the journey.

Now faith you have the best gig in the world being able to share the screen with your husband, how special has this experience been for you guys to be able to do it together, it's been amazing honestly, I mean, isabelle and tim really have an incredible story that floats through the uh.

This show, um it's remarkable the relationship.

They have, uh as father and and daughter.

Yeah, we've never worked together in this way.


We've made it a point to to not work together when we're offset, and I will say this when I first came in, um, we were excited one.

Two, three four came quickly.

And then they started trickling in and we're like we want more.

We want.

I would read one episode than he would read in episodes.

We may made that kind of a thing between us.

But we don't really work scenes outside of the set how much of tim in faith as husband and wife.

Do we see in james and margaret or do you try to keep that separate? Well, I think some things are just natural because we are husband and wife and there's some things you just it is what it is.


But what is beautiful is to is to watch, uh, the relationship that that isabelle mm-hmm or I'm going to say, yeah, isabel I won't say, elsa is is isabel's character the relationship that they have together and it's it's kind of remarkable.

Because the writing for isabelle's character is just one of the best things I've ever.


The script is one of the best things I've ever read.

But her character is just the strength, the it's powerful.

I mean, she is a a force to be reckoned with, and as a mother of three daughters.

And I consider her my fourth child because that's how I feel about her, but to to witness well to first read a story like this, but then to witness isabel working these scenes.

And bringing this character to life is is remarkable, because she it she's heroic and and the writing for a woman in general, but a young woman, especially uh for her age is just like, wow, it's kind of it's extraordinary.

So to see tim and and isabel work together.

They do a lot of stuff together.

The girl writes like crazy, I'm like, whoa, slow down, but she's just going after it.

Yeah, about to hear that you're also a part of the family now to hear all that what does that mean to you? Well, it means the world, but um, I don't know it makes it almost makes me wanna.

It makes me very emotional, um, because I I love them dearly.

And I do, I do feel like I don't know, almost like their family now and just being able to be a part of it do this with them it's.

A dream come true.

Sometimes I pinch myself in the morning, just to know, it's, all real they're, such beautiful souls.

And they've taken such good care of me and looked out for me like they are my parents.

Yeah, it's.


A dream come true.

I can't believe I get to do it with them.

I really can't, but not just who they are.

They are the most authentic kind individuals I've ever some of the most authentic kind individuals I've ever met you're gonna make me cry, there's a lot of them on the set too there's.

A lot of great.

We, yeah, we everyone really, oh, my god blessed to for it to be such a grueling and hard.

And and we were warned all of us were warned.

This is not going to be a walk in the park.

This is a different kind of filming.

And and but I think because of uh, everyone's commitment, and just the people are just fantastic, honestly, great people.

And we've had we've had a good time when we're not working.

We've had a good time.

This one right here has been working her little tail.

I mean, my god she's just about in everything, uh every scene and um, it's remarkable to watch.


Well, you guys hit the jackpot with the cast taylor sheridan knows some good ones when he sees them.

Last question for you is about obviously your character, she gives me some anxiety.

Sometimes because I love this this freshness to her this.

This desire to experience life.

They weren't poor.

You weren't, desperate the road west is filled with failures failure.


What drove him it was a dream.

And the dream is coming true.

Even if that means disobeying her parents a little bit were you like that in your teenage years, too, absolutely not.

I was.

I was a very good child.

I mean, I'm saying that now I don't know how my parents actually feel about that maybe a little no.

I, um, I liked reading books and spending time with myself and okay, not participating.

And you know, I was not a rebel, but I don't think she's a rebel either.

I think she just is gravitated towards new experiences and can't help herself.

Yeah, it's that refreshing zest for life.

Everything is so stimulating and exciting.

And she just wants to grab at it and experience everything to the fullest.

So it's all good intentions.

Exactly yeah, yes.


And you do you have to go into mama mode.

Do you have to channel your inner mom in those disciplinary scenes with elsa, uh, I mean for sure, you know, but there are different circumstances.

But yes, I think once a mom always a mom, despite where you are what you're doing there's, just been a remarkable way of witnessing and and reminding ourselves of the freedom of nature.

And what it it does for your soul.

So, uh, try to be careful to realize that as um a beautiful young woman, my daughter, our daughter, I mean, I know her capabilities, you know, she's very capable on horse on everything and um, very intelligent and spirited, uh, curious.

But when you have that kind of space to free your all of the inhibitions, everything all the I mean, there's, just nothing greater than freedom, especially in wide open space, like we have been whether it be freezing cold windy or burning hot, either one, but that's.

The unique thing about this project is we're, we're quite literally experiencing everything that they would have.

But at the end of the day we get to leave it right and put on a warm coat or yeah, you know and uh and it's been really kind of insightful just to experience that it has been, because you think you read a lot about.

And this girl here is, I mean, she reads so much.

So many things you read a lot of stories back in the day, but I tell you we have, definitely you do you have to do when you have to do it? And because it is on set, it is real and and that's the truth and that's made it.

I think easier.

And then also it needs to be hard in order for us to do a show like this.

It does not need to be a walk in the park.



Is Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's daughter in the show 1883? ›

You may recognize Isabel May as Elsa, daughter of James and Margaret Dutton, played by country music royalty Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, in the “Yellowstone” prequel series “1883.” Although May had never listened to a McGraw or Hill song prior to filming, the self-proclaimed “oddball” said that the real-life husband and ...

Who is Tim Mcgraws wife in 1883? ›

Faith Hill Opens Up About Starring in '1883' Alongside Husband Tim McGraw. Plus, she says they had to go through “cowboy camp” to prepare for their roles.

Who is the daughter in the show 1883? ›

Isabel May plays young Elsa Dutton, teenage daughter of James and Margaret (portrayed by Tim and Faith). Elsa also serves as the narrator for the series, offering an unexpected perspective. She's an optimist with a rebellious spirit and defies gender stereotypes of the time.

Who did Tim McGraw and Faith Hill play 1883? ›

On 1883, Tim McGraw and his wife Faith Hill starred as the married James and Margaret Dutton.

Is the daughter in 1883 Faith Hill's daughter? ›

Who is Elsa Dutton to John Dutton? ›

Elsa was born on April 9, 1866 to James and Margaret Dutton, one year after the ending of the American Civil War. She is a farmer's daughter with a younger brother named John.

Will there be a season 2 of 1883? ›

Everything We Know So Far About 1883 Season 2

The Yellowstone prequel series has officially been picked up for more episodes.

Where do Faith and Tim live? ›

The 1883 superstars live in Nashville, Tennessee in a five-bedroom, ten-bathroom home which has 22,460-square-foot of space.

How is Jacob Dutton related to John Dutton? ›

Jacob Dutton

But we know that Jacob was the brother of James and husband to Cara Dutton. He ends up taking over the Dutton Ranch in the 18th century from his brother when tragedy strikes and he raises James' two sons as his own. He's presumably the great-great-grand-uncle of John Dutton III.

Is Elsa Dutton buried at Yellowstone? ›

Yellowstone fans know that Duttons have been buried in the same spot in Montana for over a century. The Dutton family cemetery makes more sense after 1883 revealed that Elsa was the first person to be buried on the land.

Is Elsa Dutton John Dutton's grandmother? ›

Elsa Dutton - John's great aunt

Elsa is the sister of John Dutton Senior, but her relationship with Costner's character is more complicated. As John Dutton Junior came into the mix, Elsa is Costner's character's great aunt.

Who married Elsa Dutton? ›

Later, Elsa became entangled with Sam, a Comanche warrior who saved her life on the trail. Though she and Sam acknowledged that she was his wife, he felt he could not leave his lands and people, and Elsa agreed to return to him after her family had completed their journey and found a homestead.

How is Tim McGraw related to Kevin Costner? ›

But before filming began, Tim got some words of encouragement from the original Dutton leader, Kevin Costner, who stars as John Dutton on Yellowstone. According to the complicated Dutton Family Tree, Kevin's character is actually the great-grandfather of Tim's character.

Which Dutton was Tim McGraw? ›

James and Margaret Dutton

Played by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill in 1883, James and Margaret are the original patriarch and matriarch of Yellowstone's Dutton family. A Tennessee farmer, James fought for the Confederate Army in the Civil War before making his way out West with his family.

How were Tim McGraw and Faith Hill chosen for 1883? ›

Series writer and Yellowstone co-creator Taylor Sheridan always pictured McGraw for the part of James. And when he first asked the singer to film a couple of Yellowstone flashback episodes (which snowballed into his 1883 role), he asked him to extend the invitation to Hill.

How many kids did Tim and Faith have 1883? ›

The celebrity couple are starring in 1883

Faith Hill and Tim McGraw are doting parents to three daughters, who they have an incredibly close bond with.

How old is Elsa Dutton? ›

He called her two weeks later and offered her the lead role in the Yellowstone prequel series 1883, playing Elsa Dutton, the 18-year-old daughter who embarks with her parents, James Dutton (Tim McGraw) and Margaret Dutton (Faith Hill), on a treacherous trek across the Great Plains to Montana.

How many kids did James Dutton have in 1883? ›

James Dutton

Country superstar Tim McGraw stars as the patriarch from 1883, a Civil War soldier who leads his family West. He's married to Margaret, and they have three children: Elsa, Spencer, and John Dutton Sr. The character is also seen during flashback scenes in season 4 of Yellowstone.

Is Tate Kayce's biological son? ›

Brecken Merrill as Tate Dutton

Brecken Merrill plays Tate, Kayce and Monica's son and John's only biological grandchild. Tate Dutton has a unique relationship with this father Kayce and a firm, supportive – and unaware – relationship with his grandfather John.

Is Spencer Dutton John Dutton's grandfather? ›

Spencer Dutton is the younger son of James (Tim McGraw) and Margaret Dutton (Faith Hill) from the 1883 series. He is also the younger brother of John Dutton Sr (James Badge Dale). As James Dutton from 1883 was John Dutton's great-grandfather, this makes Spencer one of John's grandfathers.

Why is Elsa Dutton so important? ›

Elsa's Death In 1883 Is Pivotal For Yellowstone

This is because, prior to Elsa's death, the location of Paradise Valley was revealed to James by an Indigenous man.

How many seasons of 1883 are expected? ›

There will be no season 2 of 1883, but there is certainly room for more episodes. Taylor Sheridan, the show's original creator, has revealed that a spin-off series called “1923” add more episodes to the 1883 series. This new series will have ten episodes in total, just like 1883.

Where was 1883 filmed? ›

'1883' Filming Spots in Granbury and Guthrie, Texas

Savvy fans of the original Yellowstone will remember this spot as Sheridan loves to shoot in and around Guthrie, Texas, and the sprawling 350,000-acre horse ranch in King County that is home to some of the world's finest breeds of horses.

Will Tim McGraw be in season 2 of 1883? ›

Allow us to clear up the confusion: Paramount has confirmed that 1883, the chapter of the Dutton saga starring Tim, Faith Hill, Sam Elliott, and Isabel May, has come to an end with just 10 heart-wrenching episodes. There will not be a season 2.

Does Tim McGraw own his own island? ›

Faith and Tim bought an island in the Bahamas called L'île d'Anges in 2003, and finally moved into their home there nine years later, after a lengthy process to create the new infrastructure for water and electricity before building their dream home.

Does Tim and Faith have a son? ›

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's three daughters, Gracie, 25, Maggie, 24, and Audrey, 21, have had a close bond since they were kids, and that remains to this day.

Did Tim and Faith sell their island? ›

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill have sold their incredibly luxurious vacation paradise in the Bahamas, and pictures show a jaw-dropping retreat that's hard to believe even when you're looking right at it. The couple bought an island in the Bahamas called L'île d'Anges in 2003, according to Architectural Digest.

Who is Spencer Dutton's brother? ›

Spencer had a deceased older sister named Elsa who died in either 1883 or 1884, and an older brother named John. His aunt Claire (the sister of his father), her husband Henry and their daughter Mary Abel all died before he was born. His brother John later worked for their uncle Jacob Dutton and aunt Cara.

Who is John Dutton Jr father? ›

John Dutton II was the late father of John Dutton III and the previous owner of Yellowstone Dutton Ranch. His son took over the ranch after he retired and later died of cancer years before the start of the series in the mountains.

Why is Spencer Dutton in Africa? ›

After experiencing the horrors of war, Spencer coped with both heavy drinking and the hunting of dangerous predators in Sub-Saharan Africa. He was hired some time after the war by the Protectorate of Kenya to hunt a large Leopard that stalked British citizens.

Why does Beth Dutton wear a wig? ›

It might be surprising to know that the actress has red hair naturally. Kelly's beautiful shoulder red hair is why she has to wear a blonde wig in the drama. Being a redhead naturally, the producers must ensure the character's looks do not underplay her character.

Who is buried in the Dutton family graveyard? ›

'Yellowstone' Reveals Gravestones of James, Margaret, and Elsa Dutton, Solidifying Their Fates. Fascinatingly, this sequence also reveals the gravestones of 1883's James, Margaret, and Elsa Dutton to us as Summer discovers them.

Where is Lee Dutton buried? ›

In the end, Lee dies, and Kayce kills Robert in return. The Duttons buried Lee at their family gravesite located on the ranch.

How old is Elsa Dutton when she dies? ›

Elsa Dutton later claimed to be 18 years old, implying that she either misspoke about her age or died a year later than previously assumed.

Is Tate Dutton the 7th generation? ›

Tate also represents the seventh generation of Dutton, which is important.

Who was John Dutton's daughter? ›

Dabney Coleman: John Dutton Sr.

Does Elsa get pregnant 1883? ›

The Yellowstone prequel never clarified whether Elsa (Isabel May) and Ennis (Eric Nelsen) consummating their relationship in 1883 season 1, episode 5 “The Fangs of Freedom" resulted in Elsa getting pregnant.

Did Elsa marry the Indian? ›

Congratulations are in order: 1883's Miss Elsa Dutton has gotten herself hitched. And because this is one of the few shows in which that phrase might be taken literally, allow me to clarify: Elsa gets married in Sunday's episode. The groom? Handsome Sam, the Comanche man she met [checks notes] last episode.

What does Sam call Elsa in 1883? ›

The two then ride off where Sam tells Elsa that he chose his name after a man named Sam killed his wife; he wanted to take the man's name after taking the man's life. (Sam killed Sam.) Sam gives Elsa a nickname, “Lightning Yellow Hair.”

Is Bill Costner related to Kevin Costner? ›

Kevin Costner Parents: Bill Costner (father), Sharon Rae Tedrick Costner (mother) Kevin Costner Siblings: Dan Costner (older brother), Mark Douglas Costner (brother, died at birth) Kevin Costner Marital Status: married Kevin Costner Wife: 1.

Was Matthew McConaughey in Yellowstone? ›

"The Dutton story continues, picking up where Yellowstone leaves off in another epic tale."

How is Harrison Ford's character related to Kevin Costner in Yellowstone? ›

Harrison Ford On His Role In 1923

In the Yellowstone prequel series, 1923, the Witness star plays the role of Jacob Dutton, the patriarch of the Yellowstone ranch and great-great-grand-uncle of Kevin Costner's character John.

Is Kevin Costner's daughter in Yellowstone? ›

Is Harrison Ford on Yellowstone? ›

Harrison sat down with The Hollywood Reporter in February to talk about his latest role in 1923. Joining the Yellowstone universe as part of the prequel's cast, he plays Jacob Dutton, the patriarch of the Yellowstone ranch and great-great-grand-uncle of Kevin's character John.

How old is James Dutton 1883? ›

While we don't know James Dutton's exact birthday, he was born either in 1839 or 1840. In 1883, he was in his 40s and stood 5' 10” tall.

Why does faith look so different in 1883? ›

Faith Hill and her husband Tim McGraw have blown fans away with their performance in 1883, but behind the scenes, the mom-of-three had a 'hair raising' issue. The star was encouraged to grow her underarm hair for the show in order to appear more authentic.

Did Faith Hill want to play in 1883? ›

Faith Hill reveals her initial thoughts on joining the cast of 1883. The country singer said the script was a “masterpiece” and that she even had to attend “cowboy camp” to make scenes authentic.

Is Faith Hill and Tim McGraw's daughter in 1883? ›

Tim McGraw reveals that when he and Faith Hill met co-star Isabel May, who plays their daughter in the "Yellowstone" prequel "1883," they felt she could actually be one of their daughters!

What happens to Tim McGraw's daughter in 1883? ›

1883 tells the story of how the Dutton family found themselves in Montana. Tim McGraw and Faith Hill play James and Margaret Dutton, and they bring their kids across the Great Plains in search of a better life. Sadly, their daughter, Elsa Dutton, dies after getting shot with a dirty arrow.

Who are Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's daughters? ›

Who is Tim McGraw's daughter in 1893? ›

1883 premiere: Meet Isabel May, who plays the headstrong daughter of Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.

Who are the kids in 1883? ›

James is married to Margaret. They have two children: daughter Elsa Dutton and son John Dutton.

Where is Elsa Dutton buried? ›

Yellowstone fans know that Duttons have been buried in the same spot in Montana for over a century. The Dutton family cemetery makes more sense after 1883 revealed that Elsa was the first person to be buried on the land.

Who is Elsa Dutton's husband? ›

Later, Elsa became entangled with Sam, a Comanche warrior who saved her life on the trail. Though she and Sam acknowledged that she was his wife, he felt he could not leave his lands and people, and Elsa agreed to return to him after her family had completed their journey and found a homestead.

Where do Tim and Faith live now? ›

The 1883 stars have shared glimpses inside their Nashville, Tennessee home. Share this: Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are not short of space in their Nashville, Tennessee family home when their children Gracie, 26, Maggie, 24, and Audrey, 21, come to visit.

Who is Tim's mom? ›

How many biological children does Faith Hill have? ›

Faith Hill kids: How many children does she have? Faith Hill and Tim McGraw have three daughters together: Gracie Katherine (born 1997), Maggie Elizabeth (born 1998) and Audrey Caroline (born 2001).

How many kids did Faith and Tim have on 1883? ›

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's love story wouldn't be complete without talking about their close-knit family. In addition to being one of the biggest couples in country music and costars on Yellowstone's prequel series 1883, McGraw and Hill are proud parents to three daughters: Gracie, Maggie and Audrey.

How many children do Margaret and James Dutton have? ›

Margaret (Faith Hill), married to James, was the original leading lady of the Dutton family. She served as a nurse in the Civil War in which James fought in. She was the mother to three children (whom we meet in 1883), Elsa, John, and Spencer.

Who is Spencer Dutton's wife? ›

John Dutton Jr. Alexandra Dutton is a British woman whom Spencer Dutton meets while safari hunting in Africa and later became his wife.

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