Piper Perabo talks about playing with ‘the most dangerous family on TV’
In her first episode, she was arrested for her role in a protest – which Kayce (Luke Grimes) broke up – and got John interested (Kevin costner) enough that he bailed her out and offered to show her the ranch. It might help them understand each other better, he said.
âThe mere fact that Summer is at the ranch could cause trouble for the Duttons,â Perabo teases. We’ll have to see what that means in future episodes, because the last time we saw him John was still driving back.
While we saw her with John and protesting factory animal farming brought her to Montana, that’s not all she’s doing this season. “When she realizes that this airport is going to be built on this virgin land in central Montana, she decides to take it on and she has no idea where she is getting involved,” warns Perabo. âShe just knows the problem. And so she doesn’t know anything about the Duttons and how dangerous it is to play with them. Speaking of danger, “it’s going to get really dangerous.”
Perabo teases more of what’s to come.
Who is Summer away from activism? Are we going to get some idea of ââthis?
Piper Perabo: Yes, you learn a lot about who she is. She’s not from a place like Montana and she has a lot to learn about the rules, and I think it opens her eyes to a world she knew nothing about.
What can you say about his interactions with the Duttons?
Not all Duttons are the same. And so some appreciate his fighting skills more than others, but each Dutton is a kind of problem in its own right. So even with just one Dutton as an enemy, I don’t think you’re safe.
Looking at the airport, Caroline Warner (Jacki Weaver) is included in this scenario.
I have to say when I found out that Jacki Weaver was going to be in this season of Yellowstone, I was so excited. She is one of my favorite actresses. I had never met her in real life, had never seen her in real life until Yellowstone, but I saw all of his work. So I was so excited and had to really try to be cool and not be a fan girl the first time I met her. She got into her leather jacket and I thought, âOh my God, it’s Jacki Weaver. But she was so cool. And I think she’s terrifying onscreen. She is so powerful. I think she’s the perfect person to be the kind of villain who takes on the Duttons, because even someone like Beth Dutton would be nervous to mingle with Jacki Weaver.
What can you say about Summer and Beth’s (Kelly reilly) dynamic? It must be fun.
Summer and Beth’s dynamic is one of the funniest relationships I’ve had this season. Summer and Beth hate each other. And things are going from bad to worse. Summer and Beth have enemies in common, so there is a chance for them to be part of the same team when they have a common goal.
Is Summer involved in the whole conflict that the Duttons are in the midst of?
Summer is at the center of the family.
Talk about the shooting at the ranch.
I’m a fan of the show. I don’t think I ever did a TV show that I was a fan of before doing it. It’s really rare for me. The Dutton Ranch is a real place. It’s called Chef Joe Ranch. It’s in Montana and that’s where they shoot. And therefore to have watched three seasons of Yellowstone on that kind of perfect, almost dreamlike ranch, and then back up the road to the Dutton Ranch, I almost can’t compare it to anything. It’s a bit like being in a dream.
It was so strange because it’s real. And when you watch a TV show, you imagine, âOh, just turn the camera a little to the left and there are skyscrapers right there. Oh, you turn around and there’s a huge housing complex right there. The Dutton Ranch is not like that. The Dutton Ranch is even bigger than what you can see on TV. It’s been miles and miles, and it’s so beautiful. And there was one night that I had a lot of time before I started filming and I went for a run on one of the dirt roads on the ranch, and there were elk in one of the main pastures and it was like, “Oh my God, I’m really sure Yellowstone. âIt was so cool.
What’s the biggest challenge Summer will face?
Summer is used to being one of the big fish when she comes into conflict and she’s never faced a force like the Duttons. They sort of work on so many levels. They are in local government. They are in the state government. They are on the wrong side of the law. They are on the right side of the law. They are in the community. They are in the business world. They’re so ubiquitous and she’s never faced a machine as well oiled as the Dutton family.
What’s gonna keep Summer in town?
It’s the manifestation that brings Summer there and it’s a manifestation that keeps her there, but parts of the Dutton family end up keeping her around as well.
Your husband, Stephen Kay, is a director and producer on Yellowstone, so has he led you this season?
He did. We hadn’t worked together for so long and it was so much fun working with him. The last time we worked together was the Secret affairs which is the opposite of Yellowstone. It was so much fun working together. And because he’s working on the show, I know the directors of photography, I know so many people on the team. It was so much fun working with him and working with so many friends. It was one of the highlights.
What has been your favorite scene to shoot this season?
There’s a scene I have with Beth in the kitchen that’s pretty funny. You will know it when you see it. It is more dangerous than any demonstration.
And is there anything else you can tease about Summer?
It might have been a big mistake for her to come to Montana.
Looks like it’s gonna be so much fun.
It was really a lot of fun. It was so much fun, although I know I took the most dangerous family on TV to play with.
Yellowstone, Sundays, 8 / 7c, Paramount Network