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Keri Russell Says Running Wilde Is Like a Men’s Club — for Nerds

As Felicity, the sensitive college girl forever caught between two men in The WB series of the same name, Keri Russell became known for dramatic, breathless hellos, rather than breathless laughter. But Will Arnett, her co-star in Fox’s new comedy Running Wilde, says Russell is not only funny, she was at the top of their wish list to play his opposites-attract love interest.

“That’s a bald-faced lie,” Russell says, joking that in order to make sure she was funny enough to star in a comedy, the show’s creators — Arrested Development’s Arnett and Mitch Hurwitz, along with Jim Valley — have been sending the actress to do stand-up in New York two nights a week. “It’s been, um, awkward,” the actress says.”God, wouldn’t that be hysterical if it were true?” Continue reading Keri Russell Says Running Wilde Is Like a Men’s Club — for Nerds

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Keri Talks About Motherhood And Her New Show ‘Running Wilde’

Keri Russell is back on TV. After her starmaking drama Felicity, which also launched the behind the scenes talent of J.J. Abrams, Russell enjoyed a movie career in critical darlings like Waitress and blockbusters like Mission: Impossible III and Bedtime Stories. Now she’s costarring in the new Fox comedy Running Wilde, from Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz. Continue reading Keri Talks About Motherhood And Her New Show ‘Running Wilde’

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Keri Russell’s life takes a funny turn

The former ‘Felicity’ star returns to television as the comedic foil for Will Arnett in the new Fox series ‘Running Wilde.’

It’s mere hours before the Emmy Awards and Keri Russell is in a bathrobe in her hotel room, holding two phones to her ears. Her hairstylist is arriving and she’s feeling overwhelmed by all the primping that’s about to take place.

“If I had it my way, I’d be going in jeans and a T-shirt,” she explained over the phone. “I can’t decide what to wear! Purple dress or pink?”

She went with the pink — a late-1970s hot-pink pleated chiffon Jean-Louis Scherrer gown from her own closet.

The intense glamour regime required by the awards circuit and the self-promotion that comes with a network TV series is a huge leap from the ungussied lifestyle she leads in Brooklyn, where the former “Felicity” actress rides her bicycle to the market and returns home with bags of food strapped to the back. And where she does something unthinkable for most Hollywood stars: her own laundry. Continue reading Keri Russell’s life takes a funny turn

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Keri Russell: The Woman Next Door

She is still most famous for playing a teenager on TV in the nineties. Which seems strange. Because lately we’ve been seeing her everywhere.

“Just worked out near KRuss.” So texts my wife the morning of the day I’m scheduled to sit down with Keri Russell, which would be an incredible coincidence — serendipitous! — if we both weren’t used to seeing Russell all the time. The actress, famous for portraying fresh-faced girls next door since her days on Felicity, lives right around the corner from me in a leafy section of Brooklyn, and I’ll see her around the neighborhood doing the most mundane things imaginable: parking her car. Taking a walk with her son. Window-shopping in baggy jeans. That she apparently goes to the same gym as my wife — well, of course she does. It’s not a huge deal. She’s not the biggest celebrity in the world — she’s not even the biggest celebrity in the neighborhood — but she’s a celebrity nonetheless and a little attention is usually paid. Continue reading Keri Russell: The Woman Next Door

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Fall TV Is Here! Get the Five New Shows You Must Watch

Fox’s Gob-meets-Felicity-fest!

Note: If you want the scoop on Fox’s other new offerings, check out our reviews on Raising Hope (also hilarious and so worth watching) and the very unique Lone Star (I want to love it…maybe you can help me?).

Running Wilde (Fox)

Premieres: Tuesday, Sept. 21, 8:30-9 p.m.
Time-Slot Competition: Life Unexpected (CW), NCIS: Los Angeles (ABC), Dancing With the Stars (ABC)
Cast: Will Arnett, Keri Russell, Robert Michael Morris, Mel Rodriguez, Stefania Owen, Peter Serafinowicz, David Cross Continue reading Fall TV Is Here! Get the Five New Shows You Must Watch

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Will Arnett: Running Wilde “Designed to Reveal What a Hypocrite Keri Russell Is”

Keri Russell and Will Arnett are comedic gold together — at least that’s what we took away from our sit-down with them at the Television Critics Association fall previews.

Mitch Hurwitz: Running Wilde is not Arrested Development, but you should still watch

Envision lots of laughter as the stars of Running Wilde — Fox’s new comedy about a spoiled sycophant with endless resources trying to woo his former pal — hijack’s interview. Really, we’ll let them take it away… Continue reading Will Arnett: Running Wilde “Designed to Reveal What a Hypocrite Keri Russell Is”

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The Realness of Felicity Star Keri Russell

Let’s face it: calling a celebrity “real” is a huge cliché—but we just couldn’t help ourselves with Keri Russell. She arrives—early—at a bakery near her Brooklyn, New York, home, her hair in a loose bun, toting packages bound for the post office. When I offer to pay for her scone, she scoffs.

The 33-year-old star of TV’s Felicity grew up in Texas, Arizona, and Colorado, and moved to this quiet corner of Brooklyn in 2007 with her husband, Shane Deary, a carpenter, and their son, River, now 2.

She’s passionate about children’s-health issues and recently teamed with Harrison Ford and Brendan Fraser in Extraordinary Measures, based on the true story of a couple whose two youngest children are diagnosed with a rare, fatal disease; as the clock runs out, they and Ford’s character start a biotech company to find a cure. Over breakfast, the self-deprecating star talks about the importance of downtime, her favorite new way to exercise, and fighting for better health care for kids. Then, she’s off to the post office. Continue reading The Realness of Felicity Star Keri Russell

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Would Keri Russell Consider a ‘Felicity’ Reunion?

Motherhood has made a definitive impact on Keri Russell as an actress. “Reading a script like this, you definitely are more vulnerable to those kinds of feelings, or maybe they’re easier to access, (where) before you had kids you’re sort of on the outside experiencing it,” the mom to 2 1/2-year-old son River (with husband Shane Deary) tells iVillage about her role in Extraordinary Measures, which hits theaters on Jan. 22. In the emotional drama, Russell stars as Aileen Crowley, who, along with her husband (played by Brendan Fraser) works with a researcher (Harrison Ford) to cure their children’s rare genetic disease.

Juggling her career and mommy duties has its challenges, but Russell has struck a rhythm. “Luckily, right now the schedule I get to keep with film really allows me to do both,” says the 33-year-old actress. “I get to work really hard for three months but then I get to be home for four months where I get to put him to bed every night. I like getting to be in the adult world a little bit and then getting to be in the mom world and cook dinners. And for me that balance is what makes it nice.”

And would Russell ever consider doing a doing a Felicity reunion, the ’90s show that first made her famous? “Two of my really close friends were on that show and we just saw each other recently and sure, I’d get to hang out with my friends,” she says.

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Books That Made a Difference to Keri Russell

The Measure of Our Success
By Marian Wright Edelman

The background: Edelman is an incredibly accomplished person: She was the first black woman admitted to the Mississippi bar; she worked with Martin Luther King Jr.; and now she leads the Children’s Defense Fund. This is a love letter to her three sons in the form of 25 lessons.

Why she chose it: In the introduction, Edelman discusses her worries that her children were brought up in a too-privileged era. “Giving up and ‘burnout’ were not part of the language of my elders…you did what you had to do and you got up every time you fell down and tried as many times as you had to to get it done right,” she writes. That really hit me—I have such a huge fear of failing. I read the book ten years ago, as a young adult, and I found the lessons inspiring. Now, as a parent, I see them in a whole new way. Continue reading Books That Made a Difference to Keri Russell