"We're turning up the heat," Perabo said of Summer Higgins and John Dutton's romance. "It's been a hard couple of years, let's turn up the heat for a minute."

Could a Summer Higgins/John Dutton romance be on the frontier in Yellowstone? Piper Perabo seems to think so.

On the PEOPLE & Entertainment Weekly Red Carpet Live: 28th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards pre-show, Perabo teased a love connection between her character, animal rights activist Summer Higgins and Dutton patriarch John, played by Kevin Costner.

Piper Perabo
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"The love story is kicking into gear on Yellowstone. I know a lot of people watch it for the cowboys and the ranch, but I watch it for the love story," Perabo said. "We're turning up the heat. It's been a hard couple of years, let's turn up the heat for a minute."

The potential romance may have gotten off to a rough start, however, with John having Summer throw in jail following a protest outside Kayce Dutton's (Luke Grimes) livestock office that turned violent. John made it up to her by bailing her out of jail and they soon struck up a camaraderie based on mutual respect.

Piper Perabo on 'Yellowstone.'
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Things took a slightly better turn when Summer spent a platonic night at the Yellowstone ranch, only for John's daughter Beth (Kelly Reilly) to pull a kitchen knife on her the next morning, but the course of true love gathers no stainless steel, as the old saying goes ... I think.

Perhaps an indication of things to come, when asked to sum up working with her leading man in one word, Perabo responded, "Wow."

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