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  • Yellowstone stars Kelly Reilly and Cole Hauser have portrayed Beth Dutton and Rip Wheeler for four seasons.
  • Reilly says she and Hauser are “lucky to have found each other.”
  • Hauser credits creator Taylor Sheridan for “putting these two kids together.”
Yellowstone Kelly Reilly as Beth Dutton and Cole Hauser as Rip Wheeler in an image from season 3
Kelly Reilly and Cole Hauser | Paramount

Yellowstone star Kelly Reilly has played the feisty Beth Dutton for four seasons. By her side the whole time has been Cole Hauser, who plays her on-screen love interest, and Dutton ranch hand Rip Wheeler. Both Reilly and Hauser can’t help but gush about each other in interviews, making it clear they absolutely adore each other. According to Reilly, she and Hauser are “so lucky to have found each other.”

Cole Hauser credits ‘Yellowstone’ creator Taylor Sheridan for ‘putting these two kids together’

When fans met Beth and Rip in season 1 of Yellowstone, the duo had reconnected after being apart for a while in their on-again, off-again relationship that started when they were teenagers. Throughout four seasons, the couple has been on an emotional journey that culminated with their wedding in the season 4 finale.

Hauser told Cinema Blend that Yellowstone creator Taylor Sheridan has done a “fantastic job of putting these two kids together.” He says that Sheridan has given fans the opportunity to see Rip and Beth grow and their hearts be more open. The couple has “navigated different waters together,” and they’ve found “a stronger bond through those waters.”

Cole Hauser says it’s ‘wonderful’ working with Kelly Reilly

During season 4, Hauser says that Rip and Beth faced even more obstacles in their relationship. But, it was “wonderful doing it with Kelly.”

“She’s one of my favorite actresses I’ve ever worked with, and working with her on this relationship has just been so much fun,” Hauser said.

Reilly’s comments about Hauser are nearly identical. She says Hauser is her “buddy,” and they’ve become “such good friends” after working together for the past four years.

The ‘Yellowstone’ co-stars are ‘lucky to have found each other’

Reilly told Looper that she and Hauser trust each other because they’re good friends. What makes their professional relationship special is that the level of trust they have allows them to “go as far as we go” into their work with one another.

“Honestly, we’re so lucky to have found each other. We get to go on this journey with these two incredible characters with each other,” Reilly explained. “We’re both really protective of them, and we’re really passionate about the work. We’re both at a point in our careers where we found roles that we could put our soul and heart into. We really feel blessed, both of us. We don’t take it for granted, we share that. And we support each other and have fun. It’s really lovely.”

Kelly Reilly describes Beth Dutton as a ‘fantasy’

Reilly described playing a firecracker character like Beth as equally “fun, challenging, and terrifying.” She acknowledged that the character is “brilliantly written,” and there’s not a line that Beth says that Reilly doesn’t love.

“She’s a bit of a fantasy of all the things that you want to say, but you’d never have the courage to say or do. So, there is an aspect of fantasy of when I read her like, I wish I could have a bit of Beth in me to be able to say some of those things … and I get to be able to do that,” Reilly said.

Another ‘Yellowstone’ star praises Kelly Reilly

Hauser isn’t the only friend that Reilly has made on the Yellowstone set. She’s also got a good relationship with Wes Bentley, who plays Beth’s adopted brother Jamie. Bentley says that it takes a good friendship off-screen to make their adversarial on-screen relationship work.

Bentley describes Reilly as “one of the sweetest people and sweetest actors” who has to “go so far to get to Beth.” He says it’s great watching her work, but admits she’s very intimidating as Beth.


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“I get worked up for these scenes, and then she delivers. But we’re very close; we trust each other. That’s how we get those things done,” Bentley said.

Yellowstone seasons 1 through 3 are available on Peacock. Season 4 is expected to hit the streamer in late March or early April.