‘Yellowstone’ Star Jen Landon on Taylor Sheridan Writing Teeter’s Accent: ‘Sounds Are Totally Spelled Out’

by Leanne Stahulak
Paramount Press Center

“Yellowstone” fans know that 99% of the time, it’s impossible to understand what ranch hand Teeter is trying to say on the show.

But that’s part of what makes her character so great. You never know quite what’s coming out of her mouth, but you know it’ll make you crack up. And immediately put on subtitles so you can try to understand her.

Now imagine having to pretend to talk that way. Your words all garbled up in your mouth, like you “bit your tongue off,” as Carter put it. “Yellowstone” star Jen Landon opened up a bit about playing Teeter on the show’s official podcast earlier today. She talked with co-star Jefferson White about how she keeps her lines straight. Or even how she makes sense of the script.

“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.'”

But no matter how difficult the “Yellowstone” script seemed, Landon never had problems understanding Teeter.

“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 phenetic English at a clip. It’s sort of shocking how well he writes that.”

Not something you normally pick up in film school.

‘Yellowstone’ Creator Taylor Sheridan Doesn’t Let Star Kelly Reilly ‘Hold Back’

Speaking of “Yellowstone” creator Taylor Sheridan. During the same podcast, star Kelly Reilly also opened up about working with him.

In Reilly’s case, she has to work on channeling a lot of energy and anger into Beth Dutton. Which is no easy task, since Beth says what comes to her mind with no thought to the consequences. She also tends to act impulsively, which works both for and against her at times.

But whenever Reilly attempts to “soften” her “Yellowstone” character, Sheridan immediately steps in.

“Taylor doesn’t let me hold back,” Reilly revealed. “If I try to soften her in any way, in those moments, he would pull me aside and ask me what the hell I was doing. It’s very clear what my instructions are. And within that, it’s by pushing the boundaries quite to an extreme level that you see the truth of something.”

Extreme is one word for Beth. Either way, we can’t wait to see more of her and Teeter on “Yellowstone” in the future.