Kelly Reilly is a much different person than Beth Dutton. For starters, the actress is from the United Kingdom, a few thousand miles away from the Dutton Ranch in Montana. She recently spoke to Vulture and revealed how she would describe her character on Yellowstone. She spoke about how Beth navigates her way between arrogance and confidence.
“It’s a healthy arrogance, right?” she said. “You know that Beyoncé song ‘Ring the Alarm’ – ‘He’s so arrogant and bold.’ And it’s meant as a compliment? I think the word audacious suits her better because there is such audacity in the things she says and does. In a way she’s holding the cards now because she owns Jamie, and Jamie is very useful when he’s on her side and not a danger to her.”
As Reilly continues revealing who she believes that Beth is, she stops just short of revealing too much of the show’s upcoming fifth season.
“There’s a bit of recklessness to Beth, but also a part of her that doesn’t know how to keep the wolves at bay,” Reilly continued. “In Season Four, John comes up with this idea of running for governor. That’s a light switch moment for her. I don’t think it’s anything she ever thought he would consider doing because that’s not who he is. He’s certainly not a politician, but Beth understands this will be the way she can manipulate power.”
She concludes, “I will say as the kingdom gets bigger, it becomes more difficult to manage.”
Reilly goes on to describe Beth as a “powerful, dangerous woman” but, “At the same time, she is who she is,” Reilly says. “If I try to intellectualize about her too much, I lose the essence of her because she is not up for psychoanalyzing, even though she’s ripe for it. I don’t want to do that as the actor playing her because I don’t want to judge her or pigeonhole her.”
Kelly Reilly also recently gave insight into what’s to come for Beth Dutton in Season 5. Check out the interview here!