'Yellowstone' actress worried fans "want to meet Beth, not Kelly Reilly" (2023)

Actress Kelly Reilly thinks she can often leave Yellowstone fans underwhelmed because they're expecting Beth Dutton, but they get Kelly.

The fifth season of the fan-favorite show Yellowstone returns to Paramount Network on Sunday, November 13, with Reilly set to be joined by her Dutton family co-stars Kevin Costner, Wes Bentley and Luke Grimes. The latest season of Taylor Sheridan's modern-day Western is sure to be as riveting as ever as the ranch-owners enter the world of politics.

Ahead of the launch of the new season, British actress Reilly sat down with Newsweek to discuss her offscreen relationship with her co-stars, fan interactions, and where the creator is planning on taking the Yellowstone story.

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'Yellowstone' actress worried fans "want to meet Beth, not Kelly Reilly" (1)

While Season 4 of Yellowstone ended with John Dutton (Costner) launching his run for governor of Montana, the beginning of Season 5 sees him being sworn into office.

Much of Yellowstone has seen the Dutton family fight to protect their ranch, by whatever means necessary, but with more eyes on them, will the family have to play by the rules?

"I wouldn't want to ruin it by giving anything away but they are the Duttons, and it is a piece of fiction," Reilly told Newsweek. "So, I don't think playing by the rules is something they are used to doing. But what's interesting is seeing them, perhaps trying to at least."

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Reilly has impressed audiences and critics as Beth Dutton in her time on Yellowstone. The sharp-tongued, unforgiving and ruthless woman is a driving force within Montana, but Reilly admits there are pros and cons to playing a character of such extremes.

"I've been playing her for five years now so in some ways it's gotten easier, but in some ways more difficult because she sort of really gets into my bones, and that's a blessing," she said.

Before Yellowstone, Reilly was known in the U.K. as a stage and screen actress, starring in the likes of Robert Downey Jr.'s Sherlock Holmes (1 and 2), Denzel Washington's Flight and the British crime series Above Suspicion.

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However Yellowstone and the role of Beth Dutton has left a lasting impact on Reilly.

"She's extreme, and she's a bit of a force of nature. So, I'm not sure I take her off completely until I finished the season. I miss her when I'm not playing her because she is mine, and energizing. But at the same time, I'm quite relieved to put her away for a little minute, locked up in a padlocked box," she said.

"Every role I've played has a different experience, but I've never stayed apart for so long. At least this is a character that keeps me on my toes. I never know where Taylor Sheridan is taking her, and I never know what the episodes are going to contain. So, I'm sort of at the mercy of the storyteller as we all are, and it's exciting."

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Kevin Costner is the face of Yellowstone, and his character John Dutton is the head honcho of the Yellowstone Ranch, as well as now, the entire state of Montana.

John Dutton III is the father of the Dutton family, but Reilly laughs at the assertion that Costner might be becoming a father figure offscreen too. "No, no, Kevin is the patriarch actor, the leading actor, and he's the head of our show, for sure. But he does not take on fatherly duties with any of us," she said.

'Yellowstone' actress worried fans "want to meet Beth, not Kelly Reilly" (2)

John's three children, Beth, Jamie and Kayce, have their own distinct personalities, but Beth and Jamie's relationship has become increasingly toxic over the course of the show. Fortunately off-camera, that's not the case for Reilly and her co-star Wes Bentley.

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"Wes and I have tremendous respect for one another. I love working with him, and I think him with me, but I know we both understand the nature of our scenes," Reilly said.

"We're good friends and I have a lot of love for him. But we're both just trying to carve out how to make this relationship [between Beth and Jamie] as impactful and truthful as possible with the words we have. But there's no true life and animosity between us at all."

When Bentley spoke to Newsweek ahead of Season 4 in 2021, he agreed that their closeness in real life helps them seem distant in the show. "The only way we can do those scenes is by fully trusting each other. Knowing that each other, we're good people and we're not out to hurt each other and that we don't have any of these feelings," Bentley said.

On Beth and Jamie's relationship within Season 5, Beth now thinks she owns her adopted brother after catching him in the compromising situation she created at the end of Season 4.

'Yellowstone' actress worried fans "want to meet Beth, not Kelly Reilly" (3)

"I think in the relationship between Jamie and Beth there's a tremendous amount of love lost and I find that really sad. In the scenes, there's a sort of passion in their hatred of one another, that can only come from something lost or betrayal. And I think both of us try and play that, that cord between us is unbreakable, oddly," Reilly said.

Fans Want Beth Dutton, They Get Kelly Reilly

Beth Dutton is born and raised in Montana, but Kelly Reilly is a true Brit, so Yellowstone viewers would be forgiven for being shocked when they hear Reilly's real speaking voice.

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Millions of people now tune into Paramount Network every week to see what challenges the Dutton family face next, and with it, Reilly had gained a new wave of fans.

"We have a huge audience, so as much as I like to go live around the world, quietly, and without being recognized, I can't help but get recognized a lot more than I used to. So, in that I have felt a shift, at least in certain places in the country," she said.

'Yellowstone' actress worried fans "want to meet Beth, not Kelly Reilly" (4)

She continued: "People are very vocal about their feelings towards the show and Beth and it's wonderful. But also, I'm personally quite shy. I think I always feel like they would want to meet Beth, and not Kelly Reilly. But that's good because that means that I've fooled them."

Sheridan's Yellowstone universe is expanding, with the success of prequel show 1883, coming up next is 1923 this Christmas and Yellowstone: 6666 next year. There's now plenty of opportunity for characters to jump between shows.

"I love working with Taylor, I love his writing. I think one character is enough, Beth keeps me very busy and filled up. As far as the future, I think I try not think about what that is, we'll have to see where the story ends with the other shows and where Beth ends up," Reilly said on the possibility of working on other shows, either as Beth or another character.

"Taylor has a very strong idea of where the [Yellowstone] story ends, and has done from the very beginning. So we'll have to wait and see.


"I think by the time we finish this show," Reilly continued. "It's best to just leave it where we finished rather than mining it. Because, forever I don't want to be an old lady playing Beth, I don't think... Although don't quote me on it."

Yellowstone returns to Paramount Network on Sunday, November 13, with back-to-back episodes starting at 8 p.m. ET/PT.


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What is Beth Dutton's personality type? ›

Beth Dutton embodies the ENTJ personality type. She is fiercely competitive, and always wants to be the best at everything she does. ENTJs are high achievers and this can be said for Beth. She ran the M&A team at her law firm and then went on to provide her skills at the Yellowstone Dutton Ranch.

Is Beth from Yellowstone British? ›

She's known as tough-talking, potty-mouthed American ranch girl Beth Dutton on the hit series Yellowstone, currently streaming on Stan in Australia. But actress Kelly Reilly was actually born and raised in London, a long way from Montana where the hit modern-day western is set.

How many episodes will Season 5 of Yellowstone have? ›

There will be a total of 14 episodes in Yellowstone Season 5, split into two parts. This marks the show's longest season yet, with Season 1 having just nine episodes and the others increasing to 10.

Why does everyone like Beth on Yellowstone? ›

However, it's not like people didn't love Beth as she was a well-loved character, because she is strong, resilient, and doesn't back down from obstacles. Beth is a force to be reckoned with and fans love her strong-will, but since the start of season five, Beth seems to be quite ruthless at times.

What does Beth call rip? ›

Beth calls Rip “Baby,” and since he likes hearing her say that, he asks her to repeat it. Rip asks what Beth wants him to call her, and she says, “wife.” Sadly, she quickly takes it back and runs away.

Why was Beth's mom so mean to her? ›

It's no secret that throughout her appearance in Yellowstone, Beth's mother, Evelyn Dutton was tough on her. It led to many fans thinking that she hated her. However, that doesn't seem to be the case at all. It turns out she was hard on her because she wanted to toughen her up.

Is Beth Dutton's hair a wig? ›

Beth Dutton does wear a wig in Yellowstone. The ombre blond wig with front bangs is the signature look of Beth Dutton. Thick golden shoulder-length hair covering Beth's face goes hand in hand with her 'villain-ish' character in the drama. As the series progresses, the length of Beth's hair also keeps changing.

Is Beth Dutton red or blonde? ›

Beth Dutton is one of the most popular characters from Yellowstone portrayed by the talented Kelly Reilly. From her sharp one-liners to her chic sense of style and signature golden blonde hair she is an icon.

What is Rip's real name? ›

Cole Hauser

Is Kevin Costner's real daughter in Yellowstone? ›

Although they play father and daughter in the show, Reilly and Costner are not related in reality. Double Oscar winner Costner has seven children in total but Reilly is not one of them.

Why does Teeter talk like that? ›

Teeter's accent is a team effort

In fact, Landon's only partially responsible for it. Credit — or blame — has to be shared with series co-creator Taylor Sheridan. "It's phonetically written," Landon revealed in a behind-the-scenes video from the Paramount Network introducing her character.

Why does Kevin Costner want to leave Yellowstone? ›

Why would Kevin Costner be leaving Yellowstone? It reportedly has to do with scheduling conflicts while filming. According to sources obtained by Variety, SOAPS' sister publication, “The issue seems to be Costner's shooting schedule, with Costner being available for fewer days as the show has progressed.”

Was Matthew McConaughey in Yellowstone? ›

After months of speculation, Matthew McConaughey has finally been confirmed for his own Yellowstone spinoff series. According to Paramount Media Networks head Chris McCarthy, the McConaughey-led extension will move forward regardless of whether Yellowstone star Kevin Costner returns to the main series.

Why is Beth so nasty to Jamie? ›

For anyone wondering why does Beth hate Jamie in Yellowstone the answer is multi-layered but perhaps the biggest factor is that she holds him responsible for her being unable to have biological children.

What is Beth Dutton's problem? ›

She's been beaten, threatened with sexual assault, blown up, and thanks to her half-brother Jamie (Wes Bentley) underwent forced sterilization as a teenager.

What is the most romantic episode of Yellowstone? ›

'1923': Spencer and Alex's Adventure Is 'Yellowstone' at Its Most Romantic. 1923 as a whole has centered the young love stories of the Dutton family. Editor's note: The below contains spoilers for Episode 6 of 1923. 1923 is, so far, the most romantic of the Taylor Sheridan universe.

What is the name of Beth and Rips kid? ›

In season 4 of Yellowstone, Beth (Kelly Reilly) befriends a young orphan named Carter (Finn Little) as the two await news of their respective fathers, both clinging to life. The chubby-cheeked boy found his way into Beth and Rip's (Cole Hauser) life after sadly childless Beth took him in.

What is Beth Dutton nicknames? ›

Kelly Reilly — “Beth Dutton”

Given the moniker “Hatchet Man,” by those who know her, Beth is unrelenting in her duties, even when war is waging all around—and often within her.

Who was the father of Beth's baby? ›

The third season episode titled 'Cowboys and Dreamers' shows how Beth was about fifteen years old when she became pregnant. Beth was hooking up with Rip at that time and it is implied that the baby was his. She wasn't very sure of how her father would react so she reaches out to her brother, Jamie, for help.

Was Beth's mom suicidal? ›

Portrayed by. Content Warning: This article contains themes that may be difficult for some audiences. Alice Harmon is the biological mother to Beth Harmon and the divorced wife of Paul. She lived with her daughter in a trailer in Wakefield, Kentucky, until her vehicular suicide on July 24, 1957, leaving Beth orphaned.

What accent does Beth from Yellowstone have? ›

" Reilly tells T&C, in her lilting British accent. (She admits that after years of living in the U.S. and playing Beth, she's picked up some American "tonality.") "She lives off conflict," Reilly says of her character.

Does Beth really smoke in Yellowstone? ›

Kelly Reilly recently shared her true feelings about Beth smoking in Yellowstone. Reilly said, “I don't smoke, so all those cigarettes are the herbal cigarettes.” She continued, “I hate them so much, and he [Taylor Sheridan] has it in the script when she's smoking, and when she takes a drag, it's all written.

Why did Monica cut her hair on Yellowstone? ›

"It's our way." While Monica (Kelsey Asbille) — along with the other Native American characters on the show — comes from the fictional "Broken Rock" tribe, the custom of cutting your hair when an immediate family member dies is something found among real tribes.

Why is Beth's face bruised in Yellowstone? ›

Beth's face gets badly hurt on two different occasions on Yellowstone. She is ambushed and assaulted in her office, leaving her with bad bruising on her face. Later, a bomb goes off in her office building leaving her with bad scarring on her face and body.

Is Beth Dutton sterile? ›

If you've been watching the series for a while now, you'd know Beth is infertile. During season three of Yellowstone, fans learned that she is incapable of having children. It's a problem that weighs heavy on her mind, especially how it'll affect her romantic relationship with Rip.

Is Jamie Dutton's hair real? ›

He looks like he's wearing a wig. But , it's his real hair. His character is so pathetic.

Is Rip Wheeler related to John Dutton? ›

Rip Wheeler is an employee at Yellowstone. He is the "fixer" and sometimes the bruiser for the Dutton Family. He is also the husband of Bethany Dutton and John's son-in-law.

What is the controversy with Yellowstone? ›

The current controversy seems to stem from apparent ongoing tension between Costner and Yellowstone's cast, crew, and executives, particularly co-creator and showrunner Taylor Sheridan, who helms a multitude of series for Paramount. “This is a relationship that has run its course,” Puck reports.

Is Carter Beth and Rip's son? ›

What's more, is Beth is now officially a mother. She adopted a son (Carter) after finally marrying Rip Wheeler (Cole Hauser) in season four.

Are Beth and Rip siblings on Yellowstone? ›

Beth Dutton is a banker and cut-throat businesswoman in Yellowstone. She is the daughter of cattle rancher John Dutton and sister to Kayce, Jamie, and the late Lee. Beth is married to Rip Wheeler.

Did John Dutton have a sister? ›

Along with his wife, Margaret, their children, Elsa and John, James's sister Claire, and Claire's daughter Mary Abel, James set out with a wagon train from Fort Worth, Texas, but the journey was dogged by tragedy.

Are Casey and Tate related in real life? ›

While Kevin Costner does play Brecken Merrill's grandfather in Yellowstone, the two are not related in real life. None of Merrill's family stars in Yellowstone.

Why did Teeter and Colby get trampled? ›

Teeter convinced Colby to go skinny dipping with her in the river, and just as they get into the water, they get trampled by John Dutton's adversary Wade Morrow and his son's horses.

Is Sally Struthers on Yellowstone? ›

Many fans recognize the actress playing Caroline Warner as Sally Struthers. Although she bares a striking resemblance to the real actor, Sally Struthers is not in Yellowstone. Jacki Weaver is an Australian actress who plays Caroline Warner on Yellowstone. She was born in Sydney, Australia on May 25, 1947.

Whose daughter is Teeter in real life? ›

Jen Landon really is the daughter of the late Michael Landon, who is best known for his roles in Bonanza, Little House on the Prairie, and Highway to Heaven. However, Jen says the famous actor's greatest role was being a dad. "He was always so present as a father," she said in an interview with Closer Weekly.

Do Rip and Lloyd make up? ›

Rip even tells Lloyd he loves him before going to town. You can tell it hurts both of them, but once it's done and over with, the two finally start to build their friendship back up again.

Why does rip go down south? ›

Rip heads south with his crew, which includes Jake, Ryan, Teeter, and Walker. But why Texas? Well, separating the cattle from the infected and moving them down south may be the only way to save the rest of the herd.

Is Yellowstone cancelled for 2023? ›

Deadline previously reported that Taylor, Paramount Global, and Paramount Network are “moving to end” the show in its “current form.” The family drama is currently in the midst of its fifth season, which was initially set to return with new episodes in summer 2023.

Why is Yellowstone discontinued? ›

Deadline reported in February 2023 that Paramount Network chose to end Yellowstone and create a new show without Costner due to filming and scheduling issues.

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Where is the Dutton ranch filmed? ›

Nestled some five hours away from Yellowstone National Park, the Chief Joseph Ranch—a functioning cattle ranch in Darby, Montana—is the official location for the Dutton family home. It's a 6,000-square-foot mansion, and guests can even rent out two cabins there.

Is Matthew McConaughey replacing Kevin Costner on Yellowstone? ›

Although it's unclear if Kevin Costner will be returning, Matthew McConaughey will be taking on his own role in the untitled spinoff, not replacing Costner in 'YellowStone. ' The new adventure for McConaughey marks the actors first project since 2019, taking time to focus on his memoir, Greenlights.

Is Montana Yellowstone based on a true story? ›

Is Yellowstone based on a true story? The answer is no, however creator Taylor Sheridan explained to The Los Angeles Times in 2018 that Yellowstone is inspired by the changes he's seen in western mountain states like Montana and Wyoming, where he lives.

Was Timothy Reynolds on Yellowstone? ›

Tim joined the cast of Yellowstone for the first episode and continued to work on the series until the second episode of season four. He died in August 2022, at the age of 66, but his cause of death has not been shared.

What did Beth say at the end of Yellowstone? ›

Jamie, though, thinks he's already won: "The war is over." As Beth leaves, she can't help but have a menacing last word: "No, Jamie. The war is just beginning."

What did Beth say to rip on Yellowstone? ›

She's his, Beth says, on one condition: “The only thing I ask is that you outlive me so that I never have to live another day without you.” Rip doesn't quite get that this is a proposal. But Beth spells it out beautifully, and assures him that John already gave her his blessing.

What did Beth say to rip in the meadow? ›

In the scene, we really see Beth content for the first time on the show, as she says: “I could live here, and never see another person in my whole life except you… I don't need anything else. Cigarettes, whiskey, a meadow, and you.”

What did Beth text rip before she was beaten? ›

Rip saving Beth's life

She manages to get a text sent to Rip saying "office help" just before they start savagely beating her and her assistant, Jason. After shooting Jason in the head, one of the attackers throws Beth on the table, and Rip shows up just in time to save the day.

Why was Evelyn Dutton so hard on Beth? ›

It turns out she was hard on her because she wanted to toughen her up. Evelyn even said something to Beth the day the young girl got her first period. Evelyn says that everything will change for Beth starting that day. She made her aware that she was entering a world dominated by men.

What does Beth say at the end of episode 7? ›

“I know how you feel because I felt it and I feel it every day. So when I say I am sorry Monica, I really mean it,” Beth tells her.

Why was Beth embarrassed to eat in front of Rip? ›

Beth doesn't understand the power of that love just yet. Eating in front of Rip, especially with him watching over her, made her feel exposed. As so many women do, when they feel defenseless, they have mannerisms that reveal that insecurity. In that moment, Beth couldn't eat without covering her mouth.

Does Beth tell rip why she can't have kids? ›

While she is scared that it may damage her relationship with Rip, Beth does tell him about her being sterile. In response, Rip assures her that his feelings toward her won't change, even if they can't have biological children.

Did Beth and Walker sleep together in Yellowstone? ›

After sporadically sleeping together throughout the first two seasons, the couple have finally settled down and made their relationship official.

What secret is Beth keeping from rip? ›

It was eventually revealed in Yellowstone season 3 that when she was a teenager, she became pregnant by Rip. Terrified of her father finding out, she confided in Jamie to help her get an abortion.

What does Beth text rip when she's being attacked? ›

What Did Beth Text Rip Before She Was Attacked? Before she was attacked, Beth quickly texted Rip “office help.” Fortunately, the message worked and Rip showed up at her office just in time to save Beth from her attackers.


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