Lainey Wilson, a Country Singer, Discusses Her ‘Yellowstone’ Kiss: ‘angles Are Extremely Essential.’
Wilson recently talked up about what it was like to make her acting debut on a program she adores, as well as the learning curve she encountered when preparing for her first on-screen kiss.
Because the show is set on a ranch in Montana, both she and fellow actor Ian Bohen (who plays ranch worker Ryan) were wearing cowboy hats, which proved to be an issue during the sequence.
“It’s clearly about leaning to one side; angles are crucial,” Wilson told USA Today. “And there will be another kiss where I remove my hat. When you reach that point, you know you’ve arrived.”
Wilson remembers feeling unsure of her actions prior to recording the sequence, but she opted to dig right in.
“I had no idea what I was doing, but you go in there head first. I planned to give people their money’s value “Wilson stated. “‘You might not want to see this show,’ I warned my parents. I don’t want to be on their list of people to pray for.”
Wilson was especially excited to make her debut on “Yellowstone” because the show’s creator, Taylor Sheridan, had long been a fan of her music, even including her song, “Working Overtime,” in the season 2 premiere episode in 2019, long before Wilson had a record deal.
Sheridan showed his support for Wilson by writing the role of Abby expressly for her and offering her the job in February 2022.
“[Sheridan] said he wanted me to be myself, which is a dream come true, especially when you’re trying to meet new people,” Wilson explained. “At the time, all he told me was that I’d play a musician who fell in love with one of the boys. He didn’t even say which one.”
Wilson earlier told that while she didn’t have any scenes with Kevin Costner, she was able to meet and become close to other cast members.
“‘Beth,’ Kelly Reilly, and I became fast friends. She’s a spitfire, but she’s also one of the loveliest women I’ve ever encountered,” Wilson added, noting that she “made friends with a lot of” other actors on set and that they “welcomed [her] with open arms.”
The episode proved to be a significant full-circle moment for the “Dear Mrs. Loretta” singer, as she found herself singing the late Loretta Lynn’s music on the back of a flatbed trailer, something Wilson performed at the start of her career by working as a body duplicate for Miley Cyrus in “Hannah Montana.”
“I’m back on this flatbed stage, but not in my Hannah Montana wig. ‘Dang, this is a full-circle moment for me,’ I thought “Wilson stated to USA Today. “I’m also performing ‘Watermelon Moonshine,’ a song about reckless, young love.”
Her appearance on “Yellowstone” comes just over a month after the publication of her new album, “Bell Bottom Country,” on Oct. 28. Many of the album’s songs may be heard weekly during season 5 of “Yellowstone.”
She earlier told that the album was all about encouraging her fans to accept their individuality.
“It’s about discovering what makes you unique and different and leaning into it as much as you can,” Wilson explained. “It could be where you’re from, how you were raised, how you communicate, how you appear, how you dress, or your narrative.
It’s just a matter of leaning into it unapologetically and being yourself, and I believe that’s what we do on this record. I peeled back those layers and probed a little deeper, revealing certain facets of myself that I was unaware of.”
While Wilson appears to have accomplished her objectives, she claims she is “just getting started.”
“We’re working hard merely to make ourselves work harder. Now it’s time to get our hands dirty “Wilson stated. “I’m attempting new things, including ‘Yellowstone,’ my first acting role. I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next.”