‘Yellowstone’: Kelly Reilly Calls Beth Dutton a ‘Kamikaze’ Character

by Courtney Blackann
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Beth Dutton is perhaps the most fun character to watch on “Yellowstone.” And if she was ruthless in the first three seasons, she’s only gotten darker in the latest installment. While Beth is known for being destructive, brutal and somewhat unstable, Kelly Reilly characterizes Beth as a “kamikaze” character.

With sharp wit and an even sharper tongue, Beth will destroy anyone in her path. But is she destroying herself in the process? It seems to be a daily battle. The character is keenly complex. Her loyalty to John Dutton has no end. And she won’t be told what to do. Always plotting her next move, Beth usually finds herself tied up in something dangerous.

Further, the “Yellowstone” character sizzles even hotter in the fourth season. Not only is her wardrobe edgier as she heads up a project for Market Equities, but Beth is also overt about her intentions to protect the ranch at all costs – even if that means crushing her brother Jamie to do so.

Kelly Reilly opened up in an interview with TV Insider about Beth and her relationship with her father, John Dutton. The actress refers to Beth warmly as a “kamikaze” character as her manipulative tactics go too far and disappoint the “Yellowstone” patriarch.

A rare, vulnerable side of Beth was on full display in the last episode. The actress was left in tears after John Dutton learns of her involvement with a protest that turned violent. His activist one-night stand (Piper Perabo) is seriously injured during the event and now faces life in prison. Beth orchestrated the move. But letting John Dutton down is something she almost can’t face.

“That rejection from him is one of the most painful things that she could feel,” Reilly says.

‘Yellowstone’ Star Kelly Reilly Remembers Running at Wolves

And while Beth Dutton may not fear anything (except maybe the loss of her twin flame Rip Wheeler), Reilly says she’s not as fearless as Beth. The actress recalls a moment from the first season of “Yellowstone” where she has to run toward a pack of wolves.

What some fans may not realize is that those animals were truly wolves. If you know anything about creator Taylor Sheridan, you’ll understand he wouldn’t want it any other way. But Reilly says the moment was pretty crazy.

“I’m like, well, don’t you think their most inner instincts might come out when there’s a woman with a bottle of whiskey running up to them?” Reilly recalled telling the crew. “They were like, ‘Don’t worry, we’ve got these like invisible pieces of cord, so if they do run at you, that will trip them up.’”

She also adds: “That’s not going to stop a wolf, let alone his 12 mates,” she added. “But, we went for it and it was pretty terrifying I have to say. I’m in the middle of Montana and I’m running directly at a bunch of wolves.”

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