How Old Were Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys in The Americans?

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In November 2014, “The Americans” actress Keri Russell joined Lupita Nyong’o and Mindy Kaling on the red carpet for the 2014 Glamour Women of the Year Awards held at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Keri Russell in a strapless leather jumpsuit from the J. Mendel Spring 2015 collection in black, silver, and redKeri Russell in a strapless leather jumpsuit from the J. Mendel Spring 2015 collection in black, silver, and red

The then 38-year-old actress and dancer sported a strapless leather jumpsuit from the J. Mendel Spring 2015 collection in black, silver, and red.

One year earlier, she started starring in the FX period spy thriller television series The Americans. Playing Elizabeth Jennings, a deep-undercover Russian KGB spy living as an American in the 1980s Cold War era, her performance earned her an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress.

Actors Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys attend FX's "The Americans" Season One New York PremiereActors Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys attend FX’s “The Americans” Season One New York Premiere at DGA Theater on January 26, 2013, in New York City

According to the show’s creator, Joseph Weisberg, she was cast on a hunch. He talked about the casting process at the New York Institute of Technology auditorium in January 2016.

“I was in a room with John Landgraf, the president of [FX] and five other people, and a list of the 100 best-known television and some film actresses in Hollywood, who were in a certain age range. Everyone was studying the list, and John went, ‘Keri Russell.’ That’s how [she was cast].”

Maximiliano Hernández, Holly Taylor, Keidrich Sellati, Noah Emmerich, Keri Russell, and Matthew Rhys star in the American period spy thriller television series The AmericansMaximiliano Hernández, Holly Taylor, Keidrich Sellati, Noah Emmerich, Keri Russell, and Matthew Rhys star in the American period spy thriller television series The Americans

Appearing opposite Welsh actor Matthew Rhys, who portrayed her character’s husband and spy partner, Russell and Rhys became partners in real life while working on The Americans. They have a son, Sam Evans, born in 2016.

The shooting of the pilot episode began in May 2012 when Keri Russell was 36-years-old. Born on March 23, 1976, in Fountain Valley, California, she turned 37 on March 23, 2013.

Matthew Rhys was born on November 8, 1974, in Cardiff, United Kingdom. He was 37 when filming the pilot episode. “The Americans” premiered in the United States on January 30, 2013, and the series finale aired on May 30, 2018.

Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys started dating after meeting on the set of The AmericansKeri Russell and Matthew Rhys started dating after meeting on the set of The Americans

“It was a real adult creative job for me. I wasn’t playing a kid anymore. It kind of woke me up creatively. Elizabeth is tough and cool and strong and sexy and all of these things I really enjoy playing. You don’t always enjoy the characters you get to play,” Keri said about “The Americans” in an interview with Variety.

At the 2014 Glamour Women of the Year Awards, she accessorized with Jacob & Co. jewelry and completed the ensemble with black pointy-toe pumps by Gianvito Rossi.

Keri Russell at the 2014 Glamour Women of the Year Awards held at Carnegie Hall in New York City on November 10, 2014Keri Russell at the 2014 Glamour Women of the Year Awards held at Carnegie Hall in New York City on November 10, 2014

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