Keri Russell, 'The Americans' Costar Matthew Rhys Expecting, How Will It Affect The Show?

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Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys of The Americans recently shared the exciting news that they are expecting a baby in real life. This has fans of the FX series wondering what that might mean for the storyline.

According to Rhys, 41, it won't mean that Russell's character will sit around and knit while her husband completes their many KGB spy capers. In Fact, Russell will remain as sharp as ever in her mission to thwart the United States during the Cold War.

In the popular series, Russell, 39, and Rhys portray a pair of Soviet KGB officers in an arranged marriage posing as Americans in suburban Washington, D.C.

During a Television Critics Association’s panel for the hit show in Pasadena, California, on Saturday, the expectant parents and executive producer Joel Fields were asked how the pregnancy would affect the show.

“No, it did not. We actually haven’t made any changes based on the happy news, except that we are happy,” Fields said.

“And she’s now incredibly effective with a blow dart from a seated position at 12 feet,” the always funny Rhys joked.

Rhys continued to joke around when asked about impending fatherhood.

“As soon as I find out if it’s verified or true, I’ll be over the moon,” he joked.

The couple's co-star, Noah Emmerich, confirmed the pregnancy news by explaining that her baby bump will not be a part of the show’s plot line.

“First of all, Keri‘s really petite. It looks like she swallowed a large pea. But yes, we shoot around it,” Noah explained. “There’s only a few angles where you can see it. It’s fixable — just picking your shots.”

Keri is already mom to daughter Willa Lou, three, and son River, seven, and the new little bundle of joy will be Russell’s first child with Rhys.

Russell declined to comment on the pregnancy news Saturday, but did not hesitate to speak on her character Elizabeth's role as a mother on the show.

“I think there is a big opening for Elizabeth in a new way, especially with [her daughter] Paige and seeing how it’s affecting her, and I think that’s a very parent thing,” Keri Russell said. “You try your best, and you think you know what’s right, but you are not you have no idea how they are going to react as an individual.”

Pam Wright