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Keri Russell Smolders at Dawn of Planet of the Apes Screening: “I’m Doing Really Good”

Those apes have no chance! Keri Russell looked radiant at a special screening of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, hosted by the Cinema Society in Brooklyn, NY, on Tuesday, July 8, where she spoke to Us Weekly about her summer plans and more.

“I’m doing really good,” Russell, 38, told Us. “It’s been a great year.” The Americans standout looked lean and pretty in a head-to-toe black outfit, featuring a lace tank with a plunging neckline, pointed toe pumps, and leather parachute pants.

Russell expressed her appreciation for ’40s and ’50s era fashion, calling it, “something I love but I don’t necessarily wish would come back.” She explained, “You dressed to go to the grocery store, to run errands. Do I want to do it? No. But I love to look at it.”

Something else Russell enjoys? “I love summer,” said the star, while adding: “I’m not working this [season] other than doing this press, and it’s just really fun. I’m just spending time with my kids.” The mother of two—son River, 7, and daughter Willa, 2—said quality time with the little ones included swimming. “It’s just really good,” Russell told Us. (The actress confirmed in December that she and her husband of seven years, Shane Deary, had split last summer.)

As for her new action flick, the star explained that being a mom helped prepare her for the role. “I think once you have kids, you just experience a lot more of everything,” said Russell, “and that’s always good for any sort of acting or art.”
After the screening, Russell and the Apes crew celebrated their latest endeavor at Sheltering Sky at the McCarren Hotel.