Kevin Costner and Kelly Reilly have mesmerized “Yellowstone” fans for four seasons. The two play the infamous father-daughter duo John and Beth Dutton, the former owning the largest ranch in the United States. Yellowstone, which premiered on Paramount Network in 2018, has received a number of nominations and awards, including Best Actress in a Television Network or Cable Series for Reilly and Best Actor in a Television Network or Cable Series Drama for Costner from the Hollywood Critics Association, per Billboard.
On the show, Reilly plays a sharp-tongued and extremely intelligent woman who will go to the ends of the earth to protect her father and his country, no matter who she has to hurt (or kill) in the process. Speaking to Good Morning America, Reilly described playing Beth as a “thrill.”
But how is her relationship with Costner off-screen? Are the two actors having as much fun behind the camera as they are in front of them?
Kevin Costner is one of the “most generous” actors Kelly Reilly has ever worked with
When Kelly Reilly was asked in an interview with Looper what it’s like working with Kevin Costner, she couldn’t speak highly of her experience with the Hollywood vet. “He’s honestly one of the nicest and most generous actors I’ve worked with. We get along so well and we have this really fun relationship. So yeah, I mean it’s pretty wonderful. He’s so incredible on the show. I really respect him as an actor and his work. I just love what he does. I could watch him all day. I learn a lot from him.”
Reilly went on to say that she admires Costner and his “silence” as a performer. She explained that while she doesn’t necessarily learn from the actor through direct conversations or seated discussions, watching him on camera indirectly allows her to grow as a performer herself.
This isn’t the only time Reilly has praised Costner. Speaking to Good Morning America in June, Reilly said of Costner, “We take care of each other.” She concluded by saying that it almost feels like the two players are on a sports team, guiding each other through the ups and downs support.
What Other Yellowstone Actors Think About Kevin Costner
Kelly Reilly isn’t the only “Yellowstone” actress singing Kevin Costner’s praises. Luke Grimes, who plays Kayce Dutton, spoke to Monsters & Critics in 2020. When asked what Costner taught him about acting, he said, “One thing I really like to see in him is his passion for work. There’s still a lot there. He still wants to work and is still very curious and still wants to dissect the scenes and get everything he can out of the scene.
Speaking to Entertainment Tonight (via Outsider), co-star Cole Hauser, who plays Rip Wheeler, said, “Having the opportunity to first work with him and then get to know him and his passion not only for acting but for John was great.” Dutton and the show was wonderful to watch.”
Piper Perabo, who plays Summer Higgins, echoed Reilly’s sentiments while speaking with Taste of Country in 2021. “It was also a little bit intimidating,” she said. “…But he’s such a good actor and has directed so many films that you can get to work very quickly because he’s so calm and steady.” It seems pretty clear that Costner’s experience and presence on the set reassure his co-stars.