Keri Russell opened up Wednesday to TODAY show anchors Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie about her hit FX show The Americans, which returns for a second season tonight.
Apparently, Russell has been pretty hush-hush in recent weeks about the up-coming season, but the morning show anchors used some interesting techniques to get the info out of the former Disney mouseketeer.
Mocking her character on the show, Guthrie held up a desk lamp into the Felicity star’s face while Lauer interrogated her.
“You’re a KGB spy!” said Lauer. “You’re supposed to be able to keep a secret, but I need some intel here.”
Giggling throughout the mock interrogation, Russell said this season would be even hotter than last season. Lauer asked if the sex scenes — some of the steamiest on television — were going to get steamier.
“Yes, there are some incriminating scenes tonight,” said Russell.
Russell plays a Soviet spy fake-married with fake children to another Soviet spy (Matthew Rhys) in 1980s America. The spies later fall for one another.
What’s happened with the fake marriage and the little fake by-product kids,” Lauer quipped.
“We start this season, there’s a much more unified front with the marriage, the marriage is very real now,” she said. “If last season was sort of a metaphor on marriage and how complicated it is, I feel like this season is a metaphor for family, keeping outside forces out.”
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“To me, it’s about a marriage,” said co-star Rhys in a recent interview. “It’s a marriage with a phenomenal amount of baggage. But to me it remains a show about a relationship with a drop of espionage. That’s what the attraction always was to me, how that relationship would unfold.”
Although Russell and Rhys’ characters have fallen in love, the job comes first, which means they sometimes need to cozy up to their “assets” to get what they need as spies.
“You’re always using your sexuality to get secrets or to get information,” she said.
At the end of the interview, Russell was offered a pin from Lauer he received while covering the Olympics in Sochi that said, “KGB/Sochi 2014/Still Watching You.”
The second season of The Americans airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on FX.
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