There’s no doubt about it, folks. Jen Landon as Teeter on Taylor Sheridan’s “Yellowstone” is a force to be reckoned with. She’s fearless, steadfast and loyal. But the actress who portrays the character says horses were a touchy subject at the show’s start. However, after a couple seasons, Landon now says that the difference between a good day and a great day – is getting on a horse.
While it’s a fact that Jen Landon was not the expert rider, her agents made her out to be one at the audition. But Landon sort of found a way to cowgirl up and land the part. She had horses in her life as a child. However, a scary fall her mother experienced traumatized her – and that was it for Landon on horseback.
But at the urging of her team, Landon auditioned for the spunky part of Teeter anyway. And she excelled at the part. The tricky thing was that her agents made her out to be a professional rider – which she’s absolutely not. However, the “Yellowstone” actress faked it well enough to make it – and the part of Teeter was hers.
Jen Landon Discusses Her Issues With Horses
Now, in an interview with her co-star Jefferson White for the Yellowstone Original Podcast, the actress opens up about learning a new appreciation for horses and what they mean to her.
She tells Jefferson that, “I feel like this is how surfers must feel, when they engage with a natural force like the wave. Which is, I do feel like sometimes the difference between a good day and a great day is getting on a horse. That sort of being in this rhythm, which is this natural rhythm that animal reminds me of the animal I am – the natural rhythm that my body would like to be in that I rarely allow it to be in,” she says.
It would seem after her experiences on the show, Landon has found a way to bond with the idea of horseback riding and take it to another level. The “Yellowstone” actress admits it’s a new and amazing experience to relearn how to exist with horses.
Speaking Like “Yellowstone’s” Teeter
In other new skills, Jen Landon had to learn to speak like Teeter, which is not her real voice. She says during the audition, creator Taylor Sheridan wrote the script out phonetically – which Landon instantly picked up on.
“Taylor wrote it phonetically, which was fantastic. I remember when I saw the signs, at first glance I was like ‘What?’” Landon told the podcast host. “The sounds are totally spelled out. And when I kinda did this first thing like, ‘How long is this audition? ‘ I was like, ‘One of these languages is not English.’”
She goes on to say:
“I was tickled by the fact that she always made sense to me. I always knew exactly what she was saying and that was not the case for a lot of people who would read it,” Landon explained. “But being able to hold on to it being sounded out was so liberating for me. And I’m just amazed that when Taylor writes at a clip, he can also write gibberish or phonetic English at a clip. It’s sort of shocking how well he writes that.”