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Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys Talk Russia at the Premiere of The Americans

“I wear some pretty serious shoulder pads,” crowed Keri Russell at the season five premiere of her FX drama The Americans. “I mean, very serious shoulder pads!” The series, which is set in the early 1980s, features Russell and Matthew Rhys posing as two Soviet KGB officer happily living in the northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C. The former Felicity actress is also slightly in awe of another aspect of the period clothing—cinched waists. “We don’t wear anything on our waists anymore,” she said. “Everything’s like lazy. It’s hard to eat five tacos at lunch and put those pants back on. A lot of times I can’t. “Russell’s on-screen (and off-screen) partner Rhys also expressed a kind of bemused horror with the era’s fashion. “High-waisted jeans,” he exclaimed. “You go, ‘Why can’t I wear this after my lunch?’ And you realize why. We’ve been very subtle in the use of shoulder pads, but even still you think, ‘What were they thinking?’ It was madness, a decade of madness, so thank goodness it’s over.” On a more serious note, show creator Joseph Weisberg admits that the show’s parallels to President Trump’s embroilment with Russian authorities, along with rumors of election tampering, have been surreal to say the least. “It’s very disconcerting,” he admitted. “It was not our plan at all.” After a screening, the cast including Holly Taylor, Keidrich Sellati, and Noah Emmerich partied at the Plaza Hotel alongside Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough from MSNBC’s Morning Joe.