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Who Plays Monica Dutton on Yellowstone? Meet Kelsey Asbille

Who Plays Monica Dutton on Yellowstone? Meet Kelsey Asbille

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Yellowstone fans will be familiar with the beautiful and resilient Monica, Kayce Dutton’s wife on the show.

She is a member of the Broken Rock Indian Reservation and works as a teacher and professor throughout Yellowstone.

Monica got pregnant with her son Tate at a young age, leading to her and Kacye getting married early on in their relationship. Originally, they lived on the Broken Rock Reservation but later on moved to the Yellowstone Dutton Ranch.

Monica had given up the life that she knows to come and live with her husband and son on the Dutton family ranch.

Throughout Yellowstone, Monica always wants what is best for her family. She is often conflicted about the Duttons, as being a part of the family means being at risk of danger.

With Monica being a prominent and favorite character in the show, many have wanted to know who plays Monica.

Who Plays Monica in Yellowstone?

Kelsey Asbille Chow plays Monica Dutton in the Yellowstone TV series. Monica Dutton is an American actress who was born in 1991 in Columbia, South Carolina to Jean Chow and Dr. James Chow.

Actor Kelsey Asbille on the red carpet before a TV awards night in Hollywood
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The actress has done work under the names Kelsey Chow and Kelsey Monica Dutton, but is most well known by the latter.

Born:September 9, 1991 (age 31)
Birthplace:Columbia, South Carolina
Height:170 cm (5’7″)
Weight:55 kg (121 lbs)

Aside from playing Monica in Yellowstone (2018-), Kelsey Asbille is most known for playing Mikayla in Pair of Kings (2010-2013) and Tracy Stewart in Teen Wolf (2011-2017).

Before Monica, she only portrayed a Native American character once in Yellowstone creator Taylor Sheridan’s Wind River (2017).

Asbille has two younger siblings, a brother, Forrest, and a sister, Kiersten. She can speak and read Mandarin Chinese. Currently, Asbille is based in Los Angeles but also lives part-time in New York City.

Below are interesting facts and FAQs about the actor Kelsey Asbille.

Notable Kelsey Asbille Films and TV Shows

  • One Tree Hill (2005-2009) as Gigi Silveri
  • The Suite Life of Zack & Cody (2008) as Dakota
  • Den Brother (2010) as Matisse Burrows       
  • Pair of Kings (2010-2013) as Mikayla Makoola
  • The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) as Hot Girl
  • Run (2013) as Emily Baltimore          
  • The Wine of Summer (2013) as Brit
  • Teen Wolf (2015-2016) as Tracy Stewart
  • Wind River (2017) as Natalie Hanson
  • Yellowstone (2018-present) as Monica Dutton
  • Fargo (2020) as Swanee Capps

5 Facts About Kelsey Asbille     

Kelsey Asbille Started Acting at the age of 13

Kelsey Asbille was drawn to the performing arts from a young age. She attended Hammond School in Columbia, South Carolina, where she took part in various school plays and dance performances.

She soon moved on to community theater, where she further explored her acting talent. At the age of 13, she broke into the acting industry by landing a recurring role on the TV series One Tree Hill (2003-2012).

According to her IMDb profile, being part of the show was crucial to her development as an actress. Due to the positive experiences, she gathered on set and plenty of encouragement from her friends and family, she decided to pursue a career in acting.

In 2008, she landed a guest role on The Suite Life of Zack & Cody (2005-2008).

Luke Grimes and Kelsey Asbille on Yellowstone

Throughout the years that followed, she starred in Den Brother (2010), the TV series Pair of Kings, The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), and Run (2013). In 2016, she was cast in a recurring role in the popular drama series Teen Wolf.

In addition to her acting credits, Asbille also appeared in two music videos. One was for the 2013 song “Sleepwalker” by Bonnie McKee, and the other was for Hayley Kiyoko’s single “Girls Like Girls” (2015).

Related: 10 Facts About Actor Luke Grimes Who Plays Kayce Dutton

Kelsey Asbille Attended Columbia University

Asbille attended Columbia University in New York City where she studied Human Rights. While at school, she had to balance her time between her studies and her acting career. She came to an agreement with the university to work around her acting schedule while still pursuing her degree.

Kelsey Asbille Never Rode Horses Before Yellowstone

While Kelsey Asbille might seem like a natural in the saddle, she actually admitted she is “terrible” at horse riding on Kelly Clarkson’s NBC talk show.

Moreover, she also confessed to having told the classic actor’s white lie on her audition for Yellowstone.

Monica Dutton riding a horse on Yellowstone

“I had a whole paragraph of special skills,” Asbille told Clarkson when she inquired about the audition process. While the actress might have fabricated some of her CV, her acting skills made up for what she lacked in experience with horses.

So, how did those riding scenes come out so well? Asbille’s answer was “It’s movie magic“.

Kelsey gave all the credit to the Yellowstone editor, her talented stunt double, and the wranglers and horse trainers who showered her with advice during filming.

Related: 5 Yellowstone Actors Who are Real Life Cowboys

Kelsey Asbille Enjoys Fashion

Asbille is a big fan of fashion and especially enjoys wearing vintage dresses. She often wears stunning gowns on the red carpet and for photoshoots. Asbille also partners with designer brand Yves Saint Laurent beauty

Luke Grimes and Kelsey Asbille at a TV awards evening
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“People use clothes as tools to express who they are, and it’s no different with any role you play,” says Asbille.

10 More Facts About Kelsey Asbille

  • She has a younger brother and a younger sister.
  • She can speak and read Mandarin Chinese.
  • As a teenager, she was part of the Hammond Select Ensemble.
  • Her main home is in Los Angeles but she also lives in New York City.
  • Kelsey Asbille has been in a relationship with British actor William Moseley since 2012.
  • She would have loved to work with James Bond actor Sean Connery.
  • She likes wearing vintage dresses.
  • Her superpower of choice would be reading minds.
  • She enjoys playing a variety of ethnicities.
  • She attended Columbia University where she majored in Human Rights.

Is Kelsey Asbille Married?

Kelsey Asbille is not married but is in a relationship with actor William Moseley. The couple has reportedly been dating since 2012.

William Moseley was born on April 27, 1987, in Sheepscombe, Gloucestershire, England. He is best known for his roles in The Chronicles of Narnia franchise as Peter Pevensie.

What is Kelsey Asbille’s Net Worth?

Kelsey Asbille has an estimated net worth of $3 million. Reportedly, the actress earns $200,000 per episode of Yellowstone.

Is Kelsey Asbille Native American?

Actress Kelsey Asbille who plays Monica Dutton claims she has Native American ancestors and identifies herself as part Cherokee. However, the tribe couldn’t verify her claim and said she is not of Eastern Band Cherokee descent.

Actor Kelsey Asbille at an awards ceremony
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On her IMDb profile, it states that Kelsey Asbille’s father is the son of Chinese immigrants and her mother descends from White and Native Americans.

Asbille started making claims about her Cherokee heritage when she was first cast to play a Native American character in 2017.

She told The New York Times that, although she didn’t grow up in an indigenous community, playing a Native American woman was “in [her] blood“.

Following her statement, her claim was investigated by an enrollment specialist for the Eastern Band Cherokee Indians.

The specialist found that Kelsey Asbille has never been an enrolled member of the community. Nor is there any documentation to support her claim of Eastern Band of Cherokee descent.

Is Monica Related to the Chief on Yellowstone?

To the best of our knowledge, Monica isn’t related to Chief Thomas Rainwater in Yellowstone. So far, the show hasn’t given out any information regarding family relations between the two.

Monica Dutton and Beth Dutton on Yellowstone

While Monica did help Rainwater with a few dangerous missions, she did so purely out of respect for the Chief.

Rainwater’s values and ideas for the future of Indigenous people in America align with those of Monica.

However, she soon gets caught up with the events around the Yellowstone Dutton Ranch. As a result, her focus shifts from being a leader of her people to protecting her son.

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Thursday 10th of August 2023

Monica is one Beautiful Native American. She one very important woman on Yellowstone. People need to wake up and see how intelligent she is. She a good actress. Yellowstone needs her to perform her part. I take my hat off to her. I wish her the best