- “Yellowstone” and “1883” star Don Olivieri said no one recognized her at the film’s premiere.
- She told The Hollywood Reporter that creator Taylor Sheridan “received me with such unappreciation.”
- However, Sheridan is impressed with her ability to transform herself, so he turns her back in.
Dawn Olivieri revealed how she appeared in Taylor Sheridan’s television universe — or “Taylorverse,” as fans have called her — more than once.
It turns out that the actress, who portrayed Claire Dutton in “1883” and is currently playing Sarah Atwood in the current series, “Yellowstone,” managed to make a case for her remake by sheer accident while attending the premiere of the previous film back in 2021.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Oliveri said she drew Sheridan’s blank look, as well as many of her “1883” costumes for the series premiere because she looked so different from her intense on-screen persona.
“It’s a funny story,” she said. “Filming 1883, I wasn’t going to say goodbye to anyone because I got COVID the night before my last shooting day and couldn’t go on set – I was just going to be in the background for a scene.”
Instead, Oliveri said, she “just disappeared” after the two-episode storyline ended, only seeing the likes of Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Sam Elliott and Isabel May again several months later at the drama’s premiere.
She continued, “For the ‘1883’ premiere in Las Vegas, I wore it all. I told the hair and make-up I wanted them to make me a real bombshell — the complete opposite of Claire.”
“In the back room before you did the carpet, I’d say hello to people I’d spent a short amount of time with, directors and different people, and they greeted me without any appreciation,” Oliveri explained.
“I had to say, ‘It’s Dawn.'” I play Claire. They were like, ‘Oh my God!’ Nobody recognized me, it’s like I was wearing a costume or something.”
The 41-year-old star said that when she greeted Sheridan on the red carpet, he “had no highlighter on his face at all” until his wife told him who Oliveri was, and then “it was like a semi-truck ram” for him.
“There’s a part of me that just loves it,” said the actor, who also appeared in “House of Lies” and “SEAL Team.” “It was such a transformation that the person who sat there every minute of my presentation did not recognize me at that moment.”
However, it all worked out in the end as it was her ability to completely transform herself that led Sheridan to make an instant decision where he needed to bring Olivieri back in another role.
He said, “You’re coming to work with me now.” You were cool about it, but after I got into the corner and yelled like a little girl! Because it’s like your dream show.”
Oliveri played Claire Dutton, the widowed sister of McGraw’s Jacob Dutton supporter, who, along with her daughter Mary Abel, joins the rest of the family on their perilous journey west across the Great Plains.
Her story ended tragically after the death of Mary Abel – the last surviving child out of seven -, which resulted in her committing suicide on her daughter’s grave.
However, her character in “Yellowstone” couldn’t be more different. On the show, she plays Sarah Atwood, a new consultant who works with Market Equities boss and Dutton’s nemesis Caroline Warner (Jackie Weaver).
Over the course of her time in Montana so far, Sarah has proven that she can easily manipulate Jimmy Dutton (Wes Bentley), the disaffected adopted son of Governor John Dutton (Kevin Costner). The two teamed up to call for his father’s removal from office, which viewers saw play out in the show’s mid-season finale.