Alison Wright Q&A: ‘The Americans’

“It was great to get a chance to have her storyline continue a little and for us to see what does it end up she is made of,” reveals Alison Wright about her banished character of Martha Hanson on “The Americans.” During our recent webcam chat (watch the exclusive video above), she adds, “She’s getting up. She’s putting one foot in front of the other. Looks like she is showering and brushing her hair. She seems to be made of tougher stuff than maybe we initially expected.”

On the previous fourth season of the FX drama, Martha had been romantically involved with “Clark,” an alias of Russian spy Philip (Matthew Rhys), so that he could gather information from the CIA office where she served as secretary. Once he could no longer keep his identity a secret, he revealed himself but it meant his agency would have to kill her or send her to Russia to live. They chose the latter option, and she had not been seen during the current fifth season other than a brief glimpse until the episode airing May 3 brought a surprising return. Philip’s boss Gabriel (Frank Langella) visited her to gain some amount of peace about the decision, but she would not provide it to him.

Wright was also recently on FX in “Feud: Bette and Joan” for the supporting role as Pauline, assistant to “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?” director Robert Aldrich (Alfred Molina). This character wants to move forward with her career and become a writer/director. Of that character and the all-star cast (with Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon), she says, “Everybody really wanted to be there. TV can be pretty brutal, but there was a real fervor for everyone that worked there. Everyone was really bringing their ‘A’ game and working with wonderful people. Hopefully there will be a lot of (Emmy) nods for the people that worked on that.”

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