Keri Russell

  • Aired:  05/14/14
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Keri Russell discusses her complex role in FX's "The Americans," a drama about two Russian spies living in America in the 1980s. (6:18)

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)WELCOME BACK, EVERYBODY,

MY GUEST TONIGHT IS ANAWARD-WINNING ACTRESS WHO

PLAYS A RUSSIAN SPY ON THEAMERICANS.

WHICH IF YOU THINK ABOUT ITWOULD BE THE PERFECT COVER

FOR AN ACTUAL RUSSIAN SPY.

PLEASE WELCOME KERI RUSSELL.

(APPLAUSE)>> THANKS SO MUCH FOR COMING

ON, GOOD TO SEE YOU, THANKSFOR COMING ON THE SHOW

AGAIN.

>> THANKS FOR HAVING ME.

>> PLEASURE.

>> I HAVE NEVER BEEN ON YOURSHOW BEFORE BUT --

>> THAT WAS A TEST.

>> YOU PASSED.

I HAD TO MAKE SURE YOU WERETHE REAL KERI RUSSELL AND

NOT A SPY WITH A KERIRUSSELL MASK ON.

>> GOOD, GOOD, COOL.

>> YOU ARE SHE.

>> YES, YES DOSVEDONA.

(LAUGHTER)>> I DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU'RESAYING

YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS.

>> NO I DON'T.

>> YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT THATMEANS.

>> NO I DON'T.

>> GOOD.

YOU ARE AN AWARD-WINNINGACTRESS WHO FOLLOWED UP YOUR

BREAKTHROUGH ON FELICITY WITHFILMS LIKE AUGUST RUSH,

WAITRESS, ALL RIGHT.

NOW YOU'RE IN THE FX SERIESTHE AMERICANS WHICH FINISHES

ITS SECOND SEASON ON MAY21st.

I HAVE A BEEF WITH YOU, ALLRIGHT.

>> OKAY.

>> THIS IS A COMPLICATEDDEPICTION OF RUSSIAN SPIES.

>> OKAY.

>> THESE PEOPLE HAVE HOMELIVES AND THEIR OWN

PATRIOTISM.

AND THEY, YOU KNOW, KILLPEOPLE, OKAY.

WHAT KIND OF MESSAGE DO YOUTHINK THAT'S SENDING TO THE

YOUTH OF AMERICA?

>> WELL, I MEAN I THINK THESHOW IS TRYING TO REPRESENT,

YOU KNOW, REAL PEOPLE IN AREAL WAY.

AND THAT THERE IS NO REALBLACK OR WHITE OR BAD OR

GOOD.

PEOPLE ARE COMPLICATED AND HAVEMANY--

EVIL EMPIRE, MR. GORBACHEV, TEAR

DOWN THIS WALL.

WHAT PART OF EVIL EMPIREMR. GORBACHEV TEAR DOWN THIS

WALL DID YOU NOT GET FROMTHE 1980s.

>> I UNDERSTAND.

WELL, I MEAN I THINK IT'SJUST OUR DEPICTION.

IT'S OUR-- IT'S JOEWEISSBERG AND HIS DEPICTION

OF, YOU KNOW, A SINGULARSTORY WITHIN THAT WORLD.

HERE'S MY SECRETARY PROBLEMWITH YOU.

>> ALL RIGHT?

OKAY.

>> YOU'RE A MOM RIGHT.

YOU'RE A MOM.

>> OH WHAT HAPPENED THERE.

>> I JUST WANTED TO MAKEMYSELF DECENT

THAT'S WHAT SPIES CALL THE HONEYTRAP.

WHAT IS THE HONEY TRAP BYTHE WAY.

>> YOU'LL FIND OUT LATER.

>> COLBERT REPORT AFTER DARK.

>> ALL RIGHT, HERE'S THETHING, YOU'RE A MOM RIGHT,

YOU GOT A COUPLE KIDS OFYOUR OWN.

>> YES, I DO.

>> OKAY.

YOU'RE IN THE SERIES THEAMERICANS YOU'RE A MOM

WHOSE'S ALSO A SEXY RUSSIANSPY WHO IS STEALING STATE

SECRETS AND HAVING SEX WITHPEOPLE ALL THE TIME.

ISN'T THAT AN UNREALISTICIMAGE FOR WOMEN TO HAVE TO

LIVE UP TO?

I MEAN IMAGINE YOUR OWN LIFE,HAVING TO TAKE THE KIDS TO

LIKE SOCCER PRACTICE ORGYMBOREE AND IN BETWEEN YOU

HAVE TO STEAL, YOU HAVE TOSTEAL THE SUBMARINE PLANS.

SOME NIGHTS YOU DON'T WANTTO STEAL THE PLANS, YOU JUST

WANT TO STAY AT HOME ANDWATCH CAKE BOSS.

>> YES, THAT'S TRUE, YEAH.

>> ALL RIGHT.

>> OKAY.

>> YOUR CHARACTER CHANGESHER HAIR STYLE ALL THE TIME.

>> YEAH.

>> DID YOU LEARN NOTHINGFROM FELICITY?

YOU CHANGE YOUR HAIR STYLEAMERICA GETS VERY UPSET.

>> SO UPSET YOU ARE SORIGHT ABOUT THAT.

>> LET'S-- WE HAVE ALITTLE CLIP HERE.

THIS IS YOU AND YOURSUPPOSED HUSBAND.

YOU HAVE BEEN TOGETHER FORLIKE 15 YEARS.

>> YEAH.

>> YOU'VE HAD KIDS TOGETHERBUT IT'S INDISTINCT HOW DEEP

THIS RELATIONSHIP IS BETWEEN THETWO OF YOU.

>> YES.

>> BUT YOU CERTAINLY DO TALKLIKE A TROUBLED COUPLE.

>> GOOD.

>>> IN BED?

>> OUT LIKE A LIGHT.

I DON'T THINK SHE SLEPT THEWHOLE TRIP.

>> IF SHE SAID ONE MORE THINGABOUT NONVIOLENT RESISTANCE

I WAS GONNA PUNCH HER IN THEFACE.

>> AT LEAST SHE'S GOT SOMEPASSION IN HER SHE WANTS TO

DO SOMETHING GOOD.

>> SHE THINKS A CHURCHPASTOR BEING ARRESTED FOR

LOITERING IS SOME KIND OFHERO.

>> I KNOW.

>> I WISH I COULD TELL HERABOUT THE REAL HEROES.

YOU KNOW, PEOPLE SACRIFICINGTHEMSELVES FOR THIS WORLD,

NOT SOME STUPID CHILDREN'SSTORY ABOUT HEAVEN.

>> SOMEONE SACRIFICEDTHEMSELVES TODAY.

>> AND NOW I FEEL SYMPATHYFOR RUSSIANS.

ARE YOU HAPPY?

>> YES, YES I AM.

>> DID YOU DO ANY RESEARCHINTO BECOME A RUSSIAN SPY.

DID YOU DO A RIDEALONGWITH A SPY OR WITH A RUSSIAN?

>> I DID YOU KNOW, A LITTLEBIT OF RESEARCH.

I READ SOME PUTIN'SBIOGRAPHY.

>> YOU READ A PUTINBIOGRAPHY.

>> I DID.

I WAS SORT OF INTRIGUED.

HE'S FASCINATING FOR ME.

>> AS SOMEONE DOING THE SHOW,IS IT EXCITING FOR EVERYONE

AT THE SHOW THAT PUTIN ISBRINGING IT BACK?

DO YOU EVER SAY TO YOURSELFLIKE COME ON, INVADE POLAND,

PAPA WANTS ANOTHER SEASON.

IT WOULD BE FANTASTIC FORYOU.

EVERYTHING SHORT OF ANUCLEAR EXCHANGE WOULD BE

POSITIVE FOR YOU.

>> BASICALLY, YES.

>> ONE OF THE CONSULTANTS ONYOUR SHOW, JOE WEISBERG, A

FORMER CIA OPERATIVE.

>> CORRECT.

>> HE ACTUALLY INCLUDES REALSPY WORK IN THE SERIES.

ARE YOU GIVING AWAY STATESECRETS WITH THIS TV SHOW?

>> I DO KNOW THAT WE HAVE TOBE APPROVED.

OUR SCRIPTS ARE ALL READ BYTHE CIA.

AND -->> I THINK ALL OF EVERYONE'S

EVERYTHING IS READ BY THE CIA>> FAIR, THAT'S FAIR.

>> JOIN THE CLUB.

>> THAT'S FAIR.

>> WELL, KERI RUSSELL, THANKYOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING ME.

>> KERI RUSSELL, THE SHOW ISTHE AMERICANS.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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