During an interview with ExtraTV on YouTube, Isabel May was asked whether or not Faith Hill and Tim McGraw (who played her parents within the series) acted like strict parents on set, and May responded with an interesting anecdote about McGraw’s strict attitude behind the scenes.
“Yeah he was a little kind of… he was on my butt a little bit, about stuff,” May explained. “I would kind of give him the dirty eye every once in a while… it was definitely almost like an actual father-daughter relationship in a funny way.” Although it’s certainly quite funny to know that this father-daughter relationship which was so crucial to “1883” actually paralleled the real relationship between the actors themselves, it is somewhat surprising to learn that Tim McGraw had a stricter behind-the-scenes presence than it might appear.
In contrast, May went on to express her overwhelming love for Faith Hill, saying that her on-screen mom “treats everyone like gold” — a complete 180 from the overtly strict attitude of Margaret Dutton. In any case, it’s certainly interesting to learn that the Dutton family dynamics which were so essential to “1883” persisted even behind-the-scenes.