Some might know Kelsey Asbille from her “One Tree Hill” or “Pair of Kings” days, but to us, she’s Monica Dutton on the hit Paramount series “Yellowstone.”
She is just shy of turning 30-years-old and this rising star has come a long way since her Disney days, as she takes on the role of one of the strong-headed women in the Paramount Network series. Yes, she married into the Dutton family, but that doesn’t mean that Monica conforms to the family’s values.
Kelsey Asbille’s talent has been on display for “Yellowstone” fans to see for the past three seasons. We’re all looking forward to watching Monica navigate her feelings regarding her past, present, and future in Season 4.
Until then, we’re taking a closer look at the stunning actress that stars as Monica in “Yellowstone.”
Kelsey Asbille Chow was Born in South Carolina
Asbille was born as Kelsey Asbille Chow in the Columbia, South Carolina area. It was where she developed an interest in acting and started getting involved with community theater groups. Not only did she love the art of acting, but Asbille also loved to dance too. Once Asbille became serious about her acting career, she moved to the Los Angeles area.
If you were confused like us about Kelsey’s name, hopefully, this will clear it up for you. For all of her work up through 2017, she professionally went by Kelsey Chow. However, she felt that the last name Chow would pigeonhole her career in Hollywood, according to TMZ.
Disney Launches Asbille’s Acting Career
Kelsey’s first on-screen appearance took place on the network that many actor dream of starring on. In 2008, she played a character named Dakota in an episode of “The Suite Life of Zack & Cody.”
Then, Asbille made the leap to the CW network and starred as Gigi on “One Tree Hill.” However, she wasn’t done with her days at Disney and returned for a more permanent role as Mikayla Makoola in “Pair of Kings” on Disney XD.
She Was Only a Teenager on ‘One Tree Hill’
Asbille made a splash on the screen during her time with “One Tree Hill.” But get this, she was only 13-years-old when she landed the role of Gigi. She was the youngest person on set at the time. The rest of the cast were in their 20s.
Asbille took on the older role and executed it with learned experience from her acting career.
Kelsey Asbille Studied at Columbia University
Asbille’s childhood probably wasn’t traditional, so she sought out Columbia to take her down a more conventional path. She enrolled at Columbia to study human rights.
However, her acting duties called and she had to take several breaks from school.
Reports are unclear on if she earned a degree from the university.
From Werewolf to Music Video Star
Asbille’s continued to book roles on TV shows and one of them was Tracy Stewart on MTV’s “Teen Wolf.” She plays a high school student that’s a hybrid of a Werewolf and a Kanima.
She also dabbled in music videos, and appears in one for the 2013 single “Sleepwalker” by Bonnie McKee. Then again in 2015 for the song “Girls Like Girls” By Hayley Kiyoko.
Asbille Meets Taylor Sheridan
Kesley first met the co-creator of “Yellowstone,” Taylor Sheridan, when working on his movie “Wind River.” The actress stars as Natalie, a young woman whose murder supplies the storyline for the crime mystery movie. Asbille stars alongside some big names like Jeremy Renner, Gil Birmingham, and Elizabeth Olsen.
She then makes the transition to the award-winning Paramount series as Monica in 2018.
In an interview with HeyUGuys, Kelsey explained that after working with Taylor Sheridan on “Wind River,” she loved his storytelling and was so excited to join his show as Monica.
Asbille Brings Monica to Life on ‘Yellowstone’
Asbille brings Sheridan’s strong-willed woman to life on the silver screen. She’s often confronted with conflict and tries to make the best decisions for not only her, but her family.
Not only does Kelsey play a strong and captivating woman on “Yellowstone,” she stars as Kayce Dutton’s (Luke Grimes) wife. In this interview, Asbille admits that she’s a fan of Monica and Kayce as a couple.
“Kayce and Monica have a bit of a Romeo and Juliet vibe,” she states.
Somehow, through all the trials and tribulations the couple has been through, they still love each other. They share some connection, like a Shakespeare romance, that always brings them back together. They’ve proven in seasons one through three that their love is stronger than any problem that they encounter.
Kayce and Monica are one of the couples that you root for and cringe when things don’t go their way.
Kelsey was Star Struck by her Co-Star
Asbille admits to having many “pinch-me” moments during filming the western drama series. One of them is getting to work alongside Kevin Costner.
She says that she was having one of those moments while filming the show.
“Last season, on ‘Yellowstone,’ we were shooting out on this beautiful land in Utah. Beautiful land – having a campfire. And Kevin Costner is telling a story under the stars… those are always ‘pinch me’ moments. Like – what am I doing!? I can’t believe this is my job [laughs]. There’s a lot of pinch-me moments, and it’s a master-class on both shows, really.”
Asbille’s More Recent Projects
Even thought filimg for season four of “Yellowstone” has wrapped, the actress remains busy.
She is now taking up the role of Swanee Caps in the fourth season of “Fargo.”
Asbille is joining Chris Rock, as well as Jason Schwartzman, Ben Wishaw, Jack Huston, and Jessie Buckley.
If you’re still wanting to learn more about Kelsey’s role as Monica and her relationship with Kayce, check out this post that superbly highlights their relationship.