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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.