Monday, March 4, 2013
Girl of the Day - Keri Russell and The Americans
I've started watching The Americans on FX, a new series about deep-cover Soviet spies posing as American suburbanites in 1981 as the Reagan administration takes office. It's very good, although it plays the "moral equivalence" of America and Russia a little bit too much down the middle for my taste. (Frankly, I'm still happy that they are just playing it down the middle and not using the series as a platform for typical Hollywood anti-Americanism.)
Anyway, Keri Russell plays the wife in an arranged marriage of Soviet spies who, despite her two very-American children and her comfortable suburban lifestyle, remains a committed socialist and Soviet patriot. She's the more cold-blooded of the two spies, and an early story thread has her rejecting her husband's idea of defecting to America. A dark and sexy role that has re-booted her career in an interesting way -- 180 degrees from the cute college student of Felicity.