‘Yellowstone’ Newcomer Orli Gottesman Has Never Even Met Kevin Costner
Gottesman joined Yellowstone late in the first half of Season 5 as Halie, a love interest for Carter (Finn Little). She appeared in two episodes in the first half of Season 5, but as she told Taste of Country in an interview prior to her episodes airing, her time on the set did not bring her into direct contact with Costner, who has been keeping a very tight schedule on the set due to his commitments to another project.
"I've never formally met him," she says. "But I was on set the same day that he was working, and I wouldn't have ever known that he was on set unless I hadn't physically seen him. He has his own trailer, he has his own section of the mountain or whatever. So when people are like, 'Hey, we're ready for you,' he walks on down, he does his work, and no one's in his business. So I've never met him ... but I will, hopefully, one day."
Costner has been balancing his role as John Dutton in Season 5 of Yellowstone with filming his own movie, a four-part epic Western titled Horizon that he is writing, producing, directing and starring in. According to Deadline, that new commitment led to him negotiating to cut his shooting schedule for Season 5 to 50 days, down from 65 days in past seasons, which limited his time on the set of Yellowstone.
Adding to that, producers decided to extend Season 5 to 14 episodes airing in two arcs, which led to additional scheduling conflicts as the projected shoot for the second half of the season bled into time he had set aside for Horizon.
Deadline reports that Costner has been negotiating to shoot for just one week for the second half of Season 5, leading to a breakdown in talks that may lead to producers killing off his character and bringing Yellowstone to an end after the current season. Matthew McConaughey is reportedly in talks to head up a new series in the Yellowstone franchise, which would also feature some of the other stars of Yellowstone and serve to replace the show.
Costner's lawyer, Marty Singer, scoffs at those reports in talking to Puck News.
“The idea that Kevin was only willing to work one week on the second half of Season 5 of Yellowstone is an absolute lie,” Singer says. “It’s ridiculous — and anyone suggesting it shouldn’t be believed for one second. As everyone who knows anything about Kevin is well aware, he is incredibly passionate about the show and has always gone way above and beyond to ensure its success.”