Yellowstone’s Dawn Olivieri (Sarah Atwood) Says Taylor Sheridan Didn’t Even Recognize Her After Her Role In ‘1883’

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As we await for the second half of Yellowstone Season Five to premiere this summer, we’ve unpacked a good bit.

We’ve also been introduced to a few new characters as well, like Lainey Wilson’s character Abby, who plays a country singer who is in a relationship with Ian Bohen’s character, Ryan.

And also, we’re getting acclimated to Sarah Atwood, the ruthless businesswoman who works for Market Equities, who is currently in the midst of manipulating Jamie in an effort to take down the Dutton family name once and for all.

With that being said, Dawn Olivieri, who plays Sarah Atwood on the show, recently sat down for an interview with The Hollywood Reporter to discuss her new role on Yellowstone.

She also discussed what prompted her to change from city life, to a rural lifestyle in Arkansas.

She admitted that it’s been an adjustment, no doubt:

“It’s a little bit woo-woo. The second I moved here, I got all of this Western world work, which I had never gotten before. No period pieces, none of that. So, it’s pretty trippy.”

Olivieri also discussed the hilarious story of how she was unrecognized by basically the whole Yellowstone and 1883 cast and crew on the night of the 1883 premiere in Vegas, even though she played the role of Claire Dutton in 1883:

“When filming 1883, I didn’t get to say goodbye to anybody because I got COVID the night before my final day of filming and wasn’t able to go to set… I just disappeared. For the 1883 premiere in Las Vegas, I got all dolled up. I told hair and makeup that I wanted them to make me real bombshell-y… the complete opposite of Claire.

In the back room before you do the carpet, I was saying hi to people I had spent a short amount of time with, directors and different people, and they greeted me with zero recognition. I had to say, “’It’s Dawn. I play Claire.’

They were like, ‘Oh, my God!’ No one recognized me, it’s like I had a costume on or something.

And right as I was coming off the red carpet, Taylor and his wife Nic are about to come onto the carpet and I walked directly up to him and stood there. And he had no recognition on his face at all. There’s a part of me that just loved that. It was such a transformation that even the person who sat there for every single minute of the performance that I gave didn’t recognize me in that moment.

Nic goes, ‘It’s Dawn.’ And it was like a semi truck hit Taylor, and he went, ‘Oh, shit!’ All the hair and makeup was just for that moment, because he was so blown away that there I was, completely different.

He said, ‘You’re coming to work for me now.’ I was real cool about it, but after I went into the corner and screamed like a little girl! Because it’s like your dream offering.”

That’s a TOUGH scene, but probably a testament to her versatile ability as an actress… and the 1883 wardrobe department.

Of course, Sheridan eventually recognized her and proceeded to give her the role of Sarah Atwood, so I guess it all ended well.

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