There has long been a connection between country music, movie stars, and movies. It started in the 1960s and continued in the 1970s when Jerry Reed joined his buddy Burt Reynolds in the Smoky and The Bandit movies. Other country stars followed suit, making movie stars out of country superstars Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, and Dolly Parton.
Fast forward to 2023, and several country stars have been acting, including Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Dwight Yoakam, Kane Brown, Randy Houser, Lainey Wilson, and more.
Wilson shared some tidbits of her time filming Yellowstone and who was one of the kindest and most welcoming to her when she first came to the set for her first acting gig.
Lainey told the Dutton Rules Podcast it was none other than actress Kelly Reilley, who plays the tough character Beth Dutton on the show. Wilson actually did her very first scene with Reilly. She said of the actress, “The truth is, she made me bath salts, she loved on me, she encouraged me, she lifted me up.”
Lainey said that she made many friends on the show and that they all surrounded her with support when her father was hospitalized and given a 1 percent chance to live. She shared, “Every day we were on set, they were wanting updates about, ‘How’s your daddy doing? We’re praying. We’re lifting him up.'” She added, “Every single person just came up to me and was loving on me as much as they could. That’s truly, I think, what also gave me the strength to keep on pushing through.”
It was Reilly who was the most supportive and helped soothe Wilson’s anxiety about acting. Lainey said that when they got to talking, they were “so amazed” by each other’s accents (Riley is British). She added that they “needed a translator” between them.
Lainey concluded of her new friend, “She’s just a great person.”
Movie stars over the years have tried their hand at becoming country singers as well, including Kevin Costner, Kevin Bacon, Dennis Quaid, Billy Bob Thorton, Keifer Sutherland, and more.
We take a look at five big movie stars that love country music and have told the world.