Paramount Network’s hit show, Yellowstone, returns to the air for the second season on Wednesday, June 19th. The star-studded lineup includes notable names such as Kevin Costner, Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly, and Wes Bentley, to name a few.
The show chronicles the lives of the Dutton family headed up by Kevin Costner’s role, John Dutton, and their control of the largest ranch in the United States. Full of conflict, unsolved murders and of course, the cowboy way of life, the first season had us hooked and we can’t wait to see what suspenseful plot twists are in store for us with the new season.
We recently had the opportunity to chat with Tanaya Beatty, the stunning actress behind the character of Avery and the only female ranch hand working at the Dutton ranch.
Playing the role of Avery wasn’t completely unfamiliar to the Canadian-born actress, having lived on a farm for a small part of her childhood, but it took a lot of hard work and training to get her up to speed to portray the rugged cowgirl role with authenticity. “Training on the show, you meet a lot of real cowgirls,” she said. “I knew I had big shoes to fill.”
The biggest part of training for her role involved getting on the back of a horse. “In terms of riding, Avery is supposed to be a pro and is supposed to be able to ride with the best of them, so that was a huge part of my focus; to have the skill and pull it off,” said Beatty. “It was the most challenging and the most fun part.”
Riding may have been the most challenging preparation for the role, but it also contributed to her favorite aspect. “There are so many days where we would be on set in Utah and see the mountains and the sun as it was rising,” said Beatty. “As you are on the back of the horse with the other cast members, you feel really fortunate that you get to do that for work.”
In addition to the beautiful scenery, Beatty said she enjoyed the camaraderie of the cast and the unexpected chaos that comes when filming with live animals. “I think the very first scene that I ever shot for the second season, we were in a bar at three in the morning with a bull running through it,” she laughed. “We had to be warned to run if the bull got out of control. Sets can get crazy, but that was something I will never forget. Pool tables and a bull.”
It’s that kind of unpredictability that the actress said she is most looking forward to for viewers of season two. “I am excited for people to see what happens with the bunk house,” she said. “There is always some kind of tomfoolery and things can get intense.”
Check out a sneak peak of the upcoming season below!
Check out more clips and cast info here.
Plus, take a look at some photos from the first season of Yellowstone.