Holly Taylor Interview: ‘The Americans’
THE FOLLOWING INTERVIEW CONTAINS SEVERAL SPOILERS FROM “THE AMERICANS” SERIES FINALE:
“I was very surprised when I read the final script,” actress Holly Taylor reveals about “The Americans,” which aired its explosive series finale on Wednesday after six seasons on FX. “I just had no idea what was going to come next,” she continues in an interview with Gold Derby (watch the exclusive video above). Taylor co-stars as Paige Jennings, the 21-year-old daughter of Soviet spies played by Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys. The trio is on the run from the FBI in the 1987-set finale and on their way to leave the country, but Paige blindsides her parents by sneaking away during their escape, to remain in the United States.
Taylor explains, “Her parents have lied to her so much and she’s been betrayed pretty much her whole life. What was she going to do if she moved to a different country where she couldn’t even speak the language and things like that? She knew that there was really no hope for her there and she didn’t really trust her parents at all anymore.” Theorizing what happens to Paige after her “tragic ending” in the finale, Taylor says that Paige’s “number-one priority” is reconnecting with her younger brother Henry, whom her parents left behind and never even told that they were KGB officers. Taylor concludes, “She probably just goes into hiding and lives a more quiet life, away from all the mess that she’s been surrounded by her whole life.”
Currently taking graphic design at Kean University in New Jersey, Taylor is moving on to “a little horror show” called “The Unsettling” in New Mexico. She remarks that it has been “an honor” working on “The Americans” since she was 14 and hopes that viewers have more “compassion” after seeing Paige’s evolution. Taylor says, “She has a really hard life and I hope [that people] realize how much she’s been through and how much she still has to deal with for the rest of her life.”