Jake Ream discussed his path to joining the cast of “Yellowstone” in a refreshingly candidback in 2021. During the course of that interview, Ream admitted he had no idea who Taylor Sheridan was when the multi-hyphenate filmmaker bought a horse from him a few years back. Seems he and Sheridan hit it off, however, with the latter offering Ream a consultant gig on “Yellowstone” not long after.
That gig put Ream in contact with an impressive cast of Hollywood talent, including Cole Hauser, Kelly Reilly, Wes Bentley, and, of course, screen legend Kevin Costner. As Ream notes, he was in charge of whipping much of the series’ cast into shape during a days-long cowboy camp early in production. Costner was not in attendance, however, as he’s become an experienced rider himself during his storied career (per). It turns out that not training Costner put Ream in a dodgy position when he first met the actor, as he apparently didn’t recognize him.
Per Ream, “Him [Costner] and Taylor rode down in the truck and he introduced himself and said, ‘So what do you do for a living?'” Ream told the actor he was a horse trainer, a farmer, and a rancher. He says he then turned to Costner and asked the same question. Costner apparently took a moment to process the question, leading Ream to think he’d offended the legendary actor. Thankfully the notoriously down-to-earth star took the moment in stride with Ream adding, “He started laughing and slapped me on the back and said ‘We’re gonna get along just fine. So it ended up being a good thing.” With Ream continuing to earn screen time alongside Costner on “Yellowstone,” that’s turned out to be a very good thing indeed.