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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.”