Before she starred as Beth Dutton in “Yellowstone,” Kelly Reilly made a name for herself in theatre and film productions.
She’d done a few TV roles here and there too, but Reilly really took center stage in different movies and plays. One of her more well-known roles from the 2000s was in the “Pride & Prejudice film from 2005, starring Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfayden. She also played the lead in “Eden Lake” in 2008 and starred alongside Robert Downey Jr. in the “Sherlock Holmes” films.
But whenever the “Yellowstone” star takes on a new role, she focuses on the writing of the character rather than the type she plays. An interviewer with Looper recently asked Reilly if she’s had a “dream role” in the past or if there’s one she’d play in the future.
“Oh, I never know until I read it, so I don’t have a role that’s in my head,” Reilly revealed. “I mean, I’m a theater actress, as well. It’s where I began, at a theater in London. So, there’s a lot of characters on stage I’d like to play one day.”
She added, “But I don’t know. All I know is that when you’re playing one type of character, you’re kind of looking for something that is different and fresh.”
‘Yellowstone’ Star Kelly Reilly Wants to Stay Away From ‘Badly Written Beths’
Beth Dutton was definitely a fresh, new character when Reilly joined the ranks of “Yellowstone’ in 2017. But since then, the idea of playing similar characters doesn’t really appeal to Reilly. As she said, she’s ready for something different when she looks ahead to future roles.
“Obviously, I play Beth and people like it. So, I’m inundated with very feisty, strong, violent-type women. I don’t want to play that again, those badly written Beths,” Reilly said. “So, I stay away from them and instead am looking for the next role that takes me into different waters.”
Reilly raises a fair point about “badly written Beths.” Taylor Sheridan has perfected the character and all her nuances. After playing someone so well-rounded and dynamic on-screen, it can be easy for Reilly to criticize characters who aren’t up to snuff.
As for different waters, “I don’t know what it is. I do a lot of work in Europe, obviously, as I’m from here. I’m in London right now. So, I just want to keep myself engaged and excited about the work I’m doing. I never really know what that is until I read it,” Reilly concluded.
Sometimes that’s the best path you can take. It’s not a crime to go with the flow and take life one day at a time. If the “Yellowstone” star doesn’t have the next eighteen months of her life planned out, then so be it. We just know that we’ll be ready to watch whatever she stars in next.