In an interview with Hollywood Reporter, Isabelle May explained that she was actually offered the role of Elsa Dutton after auditioning for the role of Taylor Sheridan’s character in The Mayor of Kingstown, a series that focuses on a corrupt, powerful family in the prison town of Kingstown, Michigan. May revealed that she auditioned for the series but made a “horrible mistake” and a few weeks later she got a call from Sheridan himself asking her to play Elsa Dutton instead.
“He called two weeks later and said, ‘You are Elsa Dutton. I want you to be Elsa Dutton. Please be Elsa Dutton,” May explained. you are Taylor Sheridan and I dream of working with you.” May emphasized that she accepted the role because she liked Sheridan’s work and wanted to work with him, and it seems that Sheridan felt the same even after her first audition. — as he told her on the phone that “Elsa came alive” during her audition for “Mayor of Kingstown.”
Considering the fact that Isabelle May dreamed of working with Taylor Sheridan, it’s understandable why she accepted the offer so quickly and makes it clear that her role in 1883 was a match made in heaven. Either way, this revelation reaffirms just how important May was to 1883 as a whole and shows yet another example of how her incredible performance helped the show reach its full potential.