Juliette Lewis on Her 'Yellowjackets' Death and Where Show Goes Without Natalie (Exclusive)

Juliette Lewis on Her ‘Yellowjackets’ Death and Where Show Goes Without Natalie (Exclusive)


Juliette Lewis says that despite her character's untimely death on Yellowjackets, she is excited to watch future seasons and see where the story goes. 

The actress, 50, who was nominated Monday at the Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited/Anthology Series in Welcome to Chippendales, spoke with ET on the red carpet and gave her thoughts on the upcoming third season of the Showtime series.

"They wrapped it up beautifully, I love the writing on that show, I love that cast -- I think they're going to do amazing things," Lewis told ET's Nischelle Turner. "There's so much story to follow. I was happy to be a part of it." 

At the end of season 2, the show left off with Lewis' character, Natalie Scatorccio, being shot and killed accidentally by Misty, played by Christina Ricci. It was a shocking twist that came just episodes after it was revealed that Natalie was the Antler Queen in the wild. 


In May, the Christmas Vacation actress penned an emotional letter to fans, thanking them for their love and support during seasons 1 and 2, as well as saying goodbye to her beloved character.

"I love you all above and beyond. The hair & MU team, PAs, ADs and Crew who raised and continues to raise me. I am beyond grateful to the Dynamic Duo & creators of this show Ashley and Bart, entire team at @showtime & for giving me an opportunity of a lifetime (at this young age of soon to be 50🤪)and some of the greatest, wild and ultimately fulfilling creative firsts & life lessons," she wrote in a post. 

"The exceptional writing on @Yellowjackets I believe this team can literally do and write anything, the chemistry and exquisite talent of this phenomenal- ever growing - cast is something I will always marvel at. And The phenomenon that is @soapy.t," Lewis continued. "You already know. You all have my heart. ❤️To My Team who sometimes knows-gets what I need before I do. You are family. Until we meet again."

At the Emmy Awards, ET also spoke with many of Lewis' Yellowjackets co-stars, who expressed their deep love and admiration for the Natural Born Killers star. 

"Juliette Lewis is such a fantastic actress that [it] really breaks my heart. They're such a big part of the show," Samantha Hanratty -- who plays young Misty -- said to ET about the shocking death.

"I think that with that grief, it's gonna bring out a lot of interesting levels of the other characters and I'm really excited to see that. Sophie Thatcher (teen Natalie) is gonna keep Natalie's legacy living," Hanratty said. 

As for what they could share about the upcoming season -- slated to release in 2025 -- the stars said they think season 3 is shaping up to be the biggest and baddest to date.

"I think season 3 will probably be the wildest, bloodiest season that we have. Granted, we don't know anything to be fair," Steven Krueger, who plays Coach Ben, said. "Granted, we don't know anything to be fair. I'm just guessing that's where it's going."

"I'm gonna put it out there that season 1 is chaotic and messy, season 2 is like still cold and dark and it was winter, and then this one was the meltdown," Hanratty said. "You're going to see the melting of like what these people are and really get to see like the broness of these girls."

The 75th Primetime Emmy Awards, originally set to take place last September, was postponed due to the SAG-AFTRA and WGA strikes. Hosted by Anthony Anderson at L.A. Live's Peacock Theater in Los Angeles, the ceremony aired live Monday, Jan. 15 at 5 p.m. PT, 8 p.m. ET on Fox, and will be streamed Tuesday, Jan. 16 on Hulu. Keep checking ETonline.com for complete Emmys coverage and for the full winners' list.