By the sounds of it, acting on the Paramount Network hit show Yellowstone is something of a dream. Just ask Jen Landon.
All of you Outsiders at home who follow Yellowstone probably recognize Jen Landon. Or perhaps you only know her by her character’s name in the hit show — Teeter. She first joined the cast back in Season 3.
Jen Landon recently teamed up with fellow Yellowstone actresses Kelly Reilly and Kelsey Asbille for a new episode of The Official Yellowstone Podcast. Reilly, of course, plays the fierce Beth Dutton and Asbille plays the wife of Kayce Dutton, Monica.
Landon took a moment to explain to the listeners what her life was like prior to being a part of Yellowstone.
“There was nothing,” she joked. “It was just sort of like the pre-big bang moment.”
Before getting the gig on Yellowstone, Landon was best known for her role as Gwen Norbeck Munson in the CBS soap opera As the World Turns. She even won three consecutive Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series thanks to the role. Even still, she wasn’t having as much fun as she is now on Taylor Sheridan’s show.
“Prior to Yellowstone, I was having a lot less fun, though I was still acting,” she said. “I started out in theater. I was on a soap [opera] for many, many, many years and said many, many, many words. And then I hopped around on some other shows. And that’s it. I have no life outside of work as you can gather from that answer.”
She also worked in some other pretty sweet roles as well.
“I was an associate artistic director of an experimental theater company for a while,” she said. “We were a movement-based company that worked often with classical texts. I definitely have that side of me.”
Jen Landon Overcame Fear of Horses for ‘Yellowstone’ Role
One of the main reasons that Jen Landon is having so much fun on the set of Yellowstone? The fact that she gets to ride a horse. But it wasn’t always that way. Landon said she had to overcome a fear of them.
“When I auditioned for the show, they had reached out to my team and asked if I had horse riding experience. I informed them that I had ridden horses as a child but not since then. Going in, I actually had a lot of horse fear.”
Jen Landon actually grew up around horses. However, her mom once had a really bad fall and got dragged around an arena because her foot was stuck on the horse. Landon said she was lucky to have survived that incident. But ever since then, she said that she had basically given up horseback riding until becoming a part of Yellowstone.
“It was really healing on one level. The other thing is I feel like this is how surfers must feel when they engage with a natural force like the wave. I feel like the difference between a good day and a great day sometimes is getting on a horse.”