Keri Russell Has a Hard Time Parenting in the Trump Era

Keri Russell earned her first Emmy nomination last year for playing a deadly K.G.B. Russian spy living in 1980s America on FX’s critically acclaimed series The Americans. Russell is expected to nab another nod this year for her emotional and multi-layered performance in the fifth season of the series, which wrapped on May 30. With the show’s Cold War era themes loosely mirroring the current, tense political climate, one may wonder, have Donald Trump’s alleged ties with Russia had any impact on the show?

“Donald Trump subliminally does sort of go in a little bit and affect how people may experience the show,” Russell told Vanity Fair during Saturday’s 10th annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic at Liberty State Park, New Jersey. “He’s made the show become more topical. The great thing about the show—we have the protection that it’s a period piece set in the 80s, but in real life, it’s scary. There’s no protection from him.”

Even Russell’s precocious daughter, Willa, is getting wise to the constant stream of news reports about Trump often seeming to flout rules and norms.

“Our five-year-old said this morning while I had NPR on about some report on whatever Donald Trump was doing at this hour, and she said, ‘That’s not fair! Why does Donald Trump get to do everything that he wants to do?’ And I said, ‘Exactly!’ And she said, ‘Well, I want to go to Disney World. I don’t get to go.’ But I was like, ‘Exactly. Not everyone gets what they want.’ But she said, ‘Donald Trump does!’ And I go, ‘You’re right. It’s a bummer. He’s not playing by any rules. No rules.’ ”

When asked how she and her real-life partner, Americans co-star Matthew Rhys, are raising their three young children in the Trump era, Russell admits it’s a daunting task.

“It’s difficult. There’s a lot of human rights being taken away and a threat to the environment,” said Russell. “It’s shocking, and I just hope it will be over soon.”

Source: http://www.vanityfair.com/

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Keri Russell & Matthew Rhys Reveal Keys to Making Real-Life Romance Work

Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys are more than just partners in international espionage on FX’s The Americans — they’re real-life partners in love.

Arriving at For Your Consideration: The Americans, an event run by the Emmy’s to showcase potential nominees, Russell and Rhys greeted press, members of the Television Academy and some lucky fans.

Speaking with PEOPLE about making their real-life relationship work, Russell admitted that they “absolutely” need alone time since they spend the majority of their days together.

Rhys also expressed his gratitude for Russell’s positive attitude. “She has the patience of a saint, so that helps,” he said. “That is basically it.”

Of course, that isn’t the only thing to credit for their model relationship.

“And alcohol,” Rhys added with a laugh. “The great leveler, the great equalizer. Everything is so much better after a good, solid half bottle of red wine!”

This method appears to be working quite well for the happy couple, who have been together since the first season of their hit Cold War spy drama, The Americans, back in 2013.

Just over a year ago, in May 2016, the couple welcomed their first child, a boy named Sam. Their young son is a first for Rhys, who is new to fatherhood, and the third child of Russell, who has two children, River and Willa, from a former marriage to carpenter Shane Deary.

The fifth, penultimate season of The Americans ended this last Tuesday on FX.

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The Americans Look Back at Season 5, Tease Changing Season 6 at FYC Event

It took 20 minutes for the cast and creators of “The Americans” to address the elephant in the room.

For a show that centers around undercover KGB Russian spies in America, bringing up President Donald Trump seemed like an expected segue. During the FX show’s FYC event at the Saban Media Center at the Television Academy on Thursday evening, Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields, executive producers and writers for “The Americans,” said they already broke the story for Season 5 right as Trump was getting elected and preparing to enter office.

Fields said when writing, they tried to isolate themselves into a bubble of the 1980s to stick to the show’s setting. However, the current political climate subtly tapped onto their subconscious. Continue reading The Americans Look Back at Season 5, Tease Changing Season 6 at FYC Event

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Reception following the Keri’s star ceremony – May 30 2017

Noah Emmerich, FX President and General Manager John Landgraf, FX President of Original Programming Nick Grad, Fox 21 Television Studios President Burt Salke, Keri Russell, FX President of Original Programming Eric Schrier, and Matthew Rhys at a reception following the Keri Russell star ceremony at the Hollywood Walk of Fame by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce on May 30 2017 in Hollywood.


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The Americans finale recap: The Soviet Division

Well, hey, look who dropped by for a visit — it’s Tuan and his parents! Come right in, the Morozovs say, Pasha should be upstairs.

He’s upstairs all right, bleeding out on his bed after an attempted suicide. Tuan told him to do it to get their attention (part of a blackmail scheme to drive the family back to Moscow so the mother can continue her affair with a CIA operative).

Philip and Elizabeth are horrified by Tuan’s actions, and they’ve taken an incredible risk in showing up unannounced for a “casual” visit that ends with Pasha being wheeled into an ambulance in critical condition

An American surveillance agent who sits outside the Morozov home to monitors potential threats helps rescue the boy and comes into close contact with Philip and Elizabeth, who are now (potentially) part of whatever investigation may follow.

The exposure here is immense, but Philip and Elizabeth’s consciences won’t allow them to sit back and let this nightmare play out.

Afterward, Alexei finds his son’s note: “He is sorry… but he cannot live in America.” Continue reading The Americans finale recap: The Soviet Division

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