How Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell learned to stop worrying and love their characters’ chilly fates

All along, certain viewers have found “The Americans” too grim to bear — too nail-bitey, too much stress on the throw pillows.

Understandable, comrade, but try filming it. The show’s intense late-fall and winter production schedule gives it a natural grimness that would be costly to replicate. Gray skies, dead leaves, bare trees and the occasional snow flurry cast a dour, Muscovite pall on the Reagan-era sunshine.

Set in and around Washington (and, increasingly, Moscow) during the mid-1980s, the show is filmed in Brooklyn, where, on a painfully frigid 20-degree Thursday in December, a residential street has been cleared of present-day signifiers for a scene in an upcoming episode of the show’s fifth season. Cars parked along the block have been replaced by a fleet of Iacocca-style beaters, and, once the camera starts rolling, a plain brown wrapper carrying the Jennings family — covert Russian spies Philip and Elizabeth (played by the show’s co-stars, Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell) and their increasingly anxious 16-year-old daughter, Paige (Holly Taylor) — rolls up to a nondescript apartment building and parks.

It’s a big day for Paige. Her parents have decided that it’s time for her to meet their mysteriously calm but always stern supervisor, Gabriel (Frank Langella).

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– Photoshoots Washington Post – March 2 2017

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5×01 – Amber Waves – Episode Stills

The gallery has been updated with episodes stills for the premiere episode of The Americans titled Amber Waves. Thanks Screenspy for them.

As Philip and Elizabeth struggle to contain the risks from Paige’s growing relationship with Matthew Beeman, the Centre sends them on an operation unlike any they’ve ever had before, straining their family and marriage to its limits.

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– Episode Stills 5×01 – Amber Waves

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Behind the scenes with Keri and makeup artist Tina Turnbow

‘The Americans’ star’s go-to beauty pro shares snaps getting ready for the season 5 premiere of hit FX show.

Keri Russell’s longtime makeup artist Tina Turnbow went for rock ‘n’ roll glam (thinks lots of black eye liner) when it came to creating the actress’ beauty look for the season 5 premiere of The Americans on Saturday.

New York-based Turnbow, who also works with Laura Prepon and Marisa Tomei, let Pret-a-Reporter in on the behind-the-scenes action with a photo diary documenting the steps behind getting Russell red-carpet ready, from the makeup prep to walking out the door in a modern black lace suit, styled by Frank Fleming.

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– Miscellaneous Keri’s Beauty Diary – February 25 2017

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The Americans Season 5 After Party

Margo Martindale, Matthew Rhys, John Landgraf, Keri Russell, Noah Emmerich, Keldrich Sellati, Holly Taylor and Alison Wright attended the party following the red carpet premiere of FX’s “The Americans” Season 5 at the Ballroom at The Plaza on February 25 in New York City.

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– Events The Americans Season 5 Premiere – February 25 2017

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Rag & Bone- Autumn 2017

Rag & Bone’s chief executive and designer Marcus Wainwright has all-but-declared the fashion show dead. This season, instead of trotting out his latest men’s and women’s collections onto a runway, he asked 70 friends of the brand to pose in Rag & Bone for a series of Polaroids and portraits shot by collaborators Glen Luchford and Frank Lebon. Keri and Matthew were among those people.

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– Photoshoots Rag & Bone- Autumn 2017

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