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Hayes Costner and Kevin Costner attend the "Horizon: An American Saga" Photocall © JB Lacroix

Kevin Costner's son Hayes reveals what it was really like to work with famous dad in rare revelation

The former Yellowstone actor's son with ex Christine Baumgartner features in Horizon: An American Saga

Beatriz Colon
Beatriz Colon - New York
New York WriterNew York
June 26, 2024
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Throughout promoting his passion project Horizon: An American Saga, Kevin Costner has been a proud dad gushing about his son Hayes' brief role in it.

The former Yellowstone actor — he confirmed his exit from the show just last week — has admitted he "selfishly" cast him in the project to spend more time with him, and further shared during a recent appearance on the Today Show: "He's a beautiful boy and he's quiet," adding that Hayes, 15, accomplished a "really beautiful" performance in what he described as "a really complicated scene."

Now, ahead of the official release of the highly-anticipated first installation of the four-part Western saga, Hayes himself has given insight into what it was really like working with his Oscar-winning dad.

Speaking with Entertainment Tonight at the Los Angeles premiere of Horizon, Hayes equally gushed about working with his dad.

"I just thought it was really cool, it was an amazing experience," he said of seeing the film — and his role — come to life on the big screen.

He endearingly added: "I was just really proud of my dad, he's been working for so long, and I just could only think about him at that moment."

Kevin Costner and his son Hayes Costner © Getty
Kevin and Hayes at Cannes

Kevin certainly left an impression on his son as his director and co-star, and the teenager confirmed he'd love to keep working with him. "Yeah I love it," he said. "It was super fun. He taught me and he was there alongside [me] all the time."

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"It was awesome, I mean I got to spend the whole day with him everyday and just see him work, and I just had such a blast, it was amazing," he added of spending some weeks on set with his dad.

Director/writer/actor Kevin Costner and family at the Los Angeles Premiere of "Horizon: An American Saga - Chapter 1" at Regency Village Theatre on June 24, 2024 in Los Angeles, California.© Getty
The actor was joined by five of his seven children for the LA premiere

Much as he loved it though, now he's ready for the two to spend quality time away from a movie set as well, and shared: "He's so busy [but] I really hope so," about getting some family vacation time, and revealed: "I think we're going to the Bahamas soon and I'm glad."

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Grace Avery Costner, Kevin Costner, Hayes Logan Costner, Christine Baumgartner, and Cayden Wyatt Costner in 2019 © Getty
He shares his three youngest kids with Christine

Hayes is one of the three kids Kevin shares with his ex-wife Christine Baumgartner, who he was married to from 2004 until last year, and with whom he also shares Cayden, 17, and Grace, 14. He is also a dad to Annie, 40, Lily, 37, and Joe, 36, who he shares with Cindy Silva, his wife from 1978 to 1994, and Liam, 26, with former partner Bridget Rooney.

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Cayden Wyatt Costner Lily Costner, Hayes Costner, Grace Avery Costner, Kevin Costner and Annie Costner depart the "Horizon: An American Saga" Red Carpet at the 77th annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 19, 2024 in Cannes, France.© Getty
Five of the seven Costner kids at Cannes

Though the first part of Horizon only just premiered in Cannes this year, Kevin has been working on it for so long that in fact Hayes was named after a character his dad wrote for the project before he was born in 2009. 

Also speaking with Entertainment Tonight in April, Kevin joked: "I was watching him grow up and I was thinking, 'Man I better get with it and make this movie.'" He added: "He's very good in the small part that he's done," and emphasized that in spite of the brevity of the role, he nonetheless has a real "impact" on the movie.

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