Keri Russell (‘The Americans’) on going from ‘underdog’ to major awards contender [WATCH]

While Hollywood obsessed over who would take home Oscars over the weekend, the cast and crew of FX’s “The Americans” celebrated its fifth season premiere on Saturday, February 25. The new season hits the airwaves March 7, and it follows a breakthrough year on the awards scene. For its fourth season last year the period spy drama earned its first Emmy nominations for Best Drama Series, Best Drama Actress (Keri Russell) and Best Drama Actor (Matthew Rhys). A few months later Russell and Rhys were nominated for Golden Globes. And that’s just how Russell likes it.

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“In a way it’s the most ideal way for it to all happen because you get a chance to be on your own and get it working,” Russell told Gold Derby on the red carpet about the show flying under the radar in its earlier years. “Being the underdog is always the best way.”

Russell plays Elizabeth Jennings, a travel agent in the suburbs of Washington DC who is really a deep-cover KGB spy named Nadezhda working to support the Soviet Union and undermine the United States government along with her husband Philip, aka Mischa (Rhys). At the end of the fourth season their cover was put in jeopardy when another Soviet operative was taken into FBI custody. As season five begins the Jennings continue their operations while helping their teenage daughter (Holly Taylor) come to terms with their true identities.

FX has already renewed “The Americans” for a sixth and final season to air in 2018. Are you excited for the return of the critically acclaimed spy drama? Watch our brief chat with Russell above, and dish “The Americans” with Hollywood insiders in our forums.

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