Kelly Reilly


The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - On Tv - BY GE­ORGE DICKIE

Play­ing a dam­aged soul like Beth has to be a trea­sure trove for an ac­tor, no?

Yes. Ab­so­lutely, that’s ex­actly what it is. It’s the pos­si­bil­i­ties of sort of her per­son­al­ity, her emo­tions and her psy­che, it re­ally is a pow­er­ful char­ac­ter. Ev­ery­one talks about strong fe­male char­ac­ters; what I’m in­ter­ested in are real fe­male char­ac­ters, you know, flaws and all, not just these per­fect role models. But I like that she has these dif­fer­ent col­ors. There is this strength and power to her but also this sort of

bro­ken­ness in­side as well, that she’s try­ing to fig­ure out. And she has deep loy­al­ties to her fa­ther and to Rip, and so there’s a tremen­dous amount of dig­nity. So it’s these con­trast­ing traits in her that re­ally start to make her sing as a char­ac­ter.

How is her re­la­tion­ship with her fa­ther John (played by Kevin Cost­ner) this sea­son?

She’s sort of the per­son who can’t stand the ranch the most but is its most loyal sol­dier fight­ing for it. And you know, it’s an in­ter­est­ing re­la­tion­ship with her fa­ther be­cause she doesn’t let him off the hook with any­thing. She’s sort of says it as it is and there’s some things that she dis­agrees with him on in Sea­son 2 that they have to nav­i­gate and it’s not al­ways an easy ride for ei­ther one of them. But yeah, she’ll do what­ever it takes with him. She sees him for who he is and loves him de­spite some of the things she feels about him and it’s a re­ally rich re­la­tion­ship. I’ve never seen a fa­ther/daugh­ter re­la­tion­ship quite like this in any­thing be­fore and it’s great to work with Kevin, ob­vi­ously, and to ex­plore that dy­namic to­gether. There’s such tremen­dous love but it’s just she gets un­der his skin some times in that way fam­ily mem­bers can only do.

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