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The actress talks about her red carpet evolution, what she wears when she’s chilling on the couch, and the coolest thing she’s ever bought.

On the red carpet, Keri Russell is a stunner. Her infectious energy stands out among Hollywood’s straight-faced leading ladies, and her sexy style—low-cut tops, second-skin leather, and exquisite high heels—smacks of effortless glamour.

But off duty, the mother of two has a much different uniform. “You know what I’ve been wearing?” she says, with a laugh. “My gray ‘Late Night with Seth Meyers’ T-shirt and some baggy shorts.”

Russell, who chatted with at the Altuzarra for Target launch party last night, is quick to agree she suffers a bit from fashion world imposter syndrome:

“You know, there’s someone professional getting you ready. It’s a whole other thing,” she says. “This is work, you know what I mean? But there are aspects of this business that have taught me about enjoying part of it, like the makeup and wearing high heels, in a way that I never used to. And you learn to like it.”

That learning curve began in the ‘90s as Russell’s star blew up while playing the endearing all-too-us college student Felicity Porter on Felicity. During the show’s four-season run, “I didn’t have any style!” she says. “I was just like, ‘Don’t put makeup on me! It changes me! Don’t do my hair!'”

But over the years, Russell’s attitude changed. The role of undercover KGB operative Elizabeth Jennings on FX’s The Americans, has seeped into her red carpet aesthetic. “I got really into really clumpy mascara and serious eyeliner,” she says of her character’s trademark cat-eye.

But Russell’s go-to cool piece, a pair of leather leggings, was the product of good, old-fashioned peer pressure. “I was like, ‘I would never wear leather pants!’ she says. “And I have worn those dang leather pants about 35 times. They’re so good!”