Jen Landon is nothing like her character as Teeter on Yellowstone. In fact, she reveals a sweet and hilarious memory of her first acting gig.
Jan Landon grew up the oldest of two children between famous actor Michael Landon and his third wife, Cindy Clerico.
The 37-year-old actress got her first taste of the big screen at a young age. Michael Landon produced and acted on the 1980s show Highway to Heaven. The show was a hit and ran for five seasons, totaling 111 episodes.
Highway to Heaven
Since Michael was the star of the show, he decided to bring his daughter in on the action. Jen Landon recalls the experience, although she was only five-years-old at the time. She laughs about her physical state when it came to filming.
“I remember it. Yeah. I guess I was five, I have a very good memory. I think that I was very nervous because I’m pretty sure that I had diarrhea *laughs* I’m pretty sure I had diarrhea and that I was late to set,” Jen Landon recalls.
She continues, “I think I was nervous. I was a pretty smart kid and intuitive. There were all these other kids there, and acting clearly was their bread and butter.”
Jen Landon comments on the vibe while on set, saying that she didn’t feel very welcomed due to her family connection to get the role.
“They were child actors, and I wasn’t. So I’m wondering if I picked up on energy from any of the other kids or whoever was there with them, like ‘Here she is. She can go to the front just by sheer nepotism.’ My dad wanted to put his kid in something, and he was allowed to do that. I always say if your dad owns a deli, your first job is probably working at the deli,” she says.
“But it changes the scope a little bit when a bunch of other people want that job, and I might’ve picked up on that a little bit. I watched it not long ago, and I was like, ‘I look traumatized! That poor kid!”
Jen Landon Realizes Her Career Path
Although Jen Landon didn’t feel her calling to the entertainment industry at that moment, it eventually hit her. She says she was dressed as Ursula at a birthday party when she realized her true passion.
“But I don’t think it was in that moment. I do remember the moment it did happen, and it was at a friend’s birthday party. They brought all these Little Mermaid costumes out, and we could pick which character we wanted. I wanted nothing to do with Ariel. I thought she was the most boring character in the whole entire thing. Some little boy had taken the crab costume, and I was Ursula, the mean lady. I remember people laughing, really laughing. I just felt this thing turn on.”
Jen Landon surely gets the laughs and attention for her role on Yellowstone as Teeter. The pink-haired, thick-accent Texan is a fearless wild care on the Dutton Ranch.