The Romanian-born co-star of Taylor Sheridan’s Yellowstone prequel enjoys the challenges of playing Noemi.
Noemi, the resilient Romani immigrant played by Gratiela Brancusi in 1883, is nothing but practical. When her husband was killed during their wagon train journey westward, she figured she needed someone to provide for herself and her two children — so she approached Shea Brennan (Sam Elliott), the weathered Pinkerton agent leading the pioneers, with an enticing offer to make him happy if he would take her, ahem, under his wing.
Trouble is, as we learned fairly early in 1883, Shea doesn’t do happy.
Undeterred, Noemi set her sights on Shea’s partner, Thomas (LaMonica Garrett), a former Buffalo Solider who wasn’t quite so immune to her charms — despite his pointed remarks about their conspicuous age and racial differences. Ultimately, Noemi turned out to be much like the Borg of the Star Trek mythos: Resistance was futile. And, really, who could resists such a wily woman? “Men have no idea what women want,” Noemi told Thomas. “You know why? Because the men never ask.”
“And before Thomas purchased an expensive looking glass for her from a trader in the settlement. Not for the first time, Noemi saw right through him. ‘You want me to be happy,’ she said. ‘You want me to be safe. That’s love.’ Thomas didn’t argue the point.”