Why Yellowstone's Kelly Reilly Isn't Afraid To Be Unlikable As Beth Dutton
Kelly Reilly has played John Dutton’s tough-as-nails daughter Beth for three seasons now. Beth and her family are already captivating viewers again as Yellowstone kicked things off with a mega-successful start to Season 3. As a character so jam-packed with complexities, Beth has done and said some unlikable stuff during the show’s run.
Well, Kelly Reilly is not afraid to play the less likable side of Beth Dutton. Beth is currently one of the most complex characters on TV, in my opinion. But has it been tricky at all to find the heart of Beth amid all those barbed-wired one-liners? I asked Yellowstone’s incredibly talented Kelly Reilly, and she told me:
Yellowstone co-creator Taylor Sheridan previously teased Beth and Jamie Dutton’s relationship would be even more deeply explored in Season 3. As of the premiere, the siblings were actually in copacetic shape with one another. At least, there was no bombastic argument that broke out as in the past.
Without viewers understanding why Beth hates her brother, some of Beth’s comments come across as quite sharp and inexplicably cruel. I have theories about what drove the siblings to the point they are now. For Kelly Reilly, playing Beth has meant exploring the sharp and softer angles to the Yellowstone leading lady. On the restraints she faces playing Beth, Reilly told me:
As Kelly Reilly mentions, the vicious attack unleashed on Beth per Malcolm Beck’s orders was a turning point for Beth on Yellowstone. In the Season 3 premiere, she sweetly donated money to a woman whose son was battling cancer. The woman was also a victim of domestic violence, and Beth gave her some advice on how to resolve that as only she could.
In terms of love, Beth’s relationship Rip continues to blossom in a development that carries over from Yellowstone’s previous season. Rip has loved Beth for a long time, and as Kelly Reilly points out, Beth had yet to really accept being loved by somebody. Season 3 indicates that part of her life is getting ready to change.
Watch Kelly Reilly continue to dazzle as Beth weaves in and out of likability throughout this summer as new episodes of Yellowstone air Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on Paramount Network. If you want to catch up on Beth’s past exploits, you can stream Yellowstone when it becomes available on NBCUniversal’s upcoming streamer, Peacock. The service launches nationally on July 15.
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