‘Yellowstone’: Piper Perabo Says This Ranch Hand Is One of Her ‘Favorite Characters’ on TV

by Liz Holland
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“Yellowstone” star Piper Perabo is speaking out about her major Season 4 role, including why one of the ranch hands is one of her “favorite characters on television.”

When asked about working with Kelly Reilly on the show, Perabo tells Wide Open Country, “It was so fun. And I think not enough shows have scenes where powerful women go up against each other. Some do, and we’re getting more, but I think it’s really cool that a show like Yellowstone, where you think it’s so male in a way, this cowboy world.”

She then continues by giving a major shout-out to Jen Landon, who plays Teeter and is the daughter of TV icon, Michael Landon.

“Although there’s a lot of great —  Teeter [Jennifer Landon] is one of my favorite characters on television — but I thought it was cool of Taylor [Sheridan] to write this conflict between Beth and Summer and to see where it goes as a fan of the show. It’s the kind of thing that I would be interested in watching,” she said.

Perabo Joins the Show as a Long-Time Fan

Part of what makes Perabo’s experience on set so special is the fact that she was a fan of the show beforehand. Perabo says it was “weird” joining the cast as a fan, but she’s a huge fan of the show’s authenticity.

Perabo explains, “When you go to set and it’s a soundstage, the sets don’t really make sense — how they’re laid out….It’s not logical. The Dutton ranch is on a real ranch. It’s a real place. So when you drive up this dirt road and over this hill, all of a sudden there is Yellowstone. There are the barns, there is the bunkhouse, and it’s all laid out the way you think. When you walk into the barn, there’s the barn that you see all those scenes in, you know? So as a fan, it’s really cool that it exists. A lot of shows are fake, but this is a real place.”

Piper Perabo’s work in 2000s classics like Cheaper by the Dozen, Coyote Ugly, Angel has Fallen, and many more is what many know her for. Additionally, Perabo’s work in the TV series, Penny Dreadful: City of Angels and Covert Affairs, earned her a Golden Globe nomination.

Montana’s Landscape is Moving

Piper Perabo also has nothing but good things to say about the landscape on set, too. Perabo tells Wide Open Country,  “I had never been to Montana until I went for Yellowstone. It’s one of those places that really moves you. It’s not just the big sky, although I don’t know how it’s possible that Montana has bigger sky than everywhere else, but it does. Even being on the Yellowstone ranch, there was one morning that I got up for a run and I was running on one of the dirt roads on the edge of the ranch. There were all these elk moving across the field. I just thought, ‘This place would move anybody.’”