Published On: Sat, Apr 19th, 2014

Noah Emmerich talks Stan in ‘The Americans,’ season 3 set

The hit FX show “The Americans” has exceeded the network’s expectations and just was picked up for a third season. Star Noah Emmerich speaks out his character, Stan, in a new April 17 interview with EW.

Noah-Emmerich as Stan The Americans season 2 photo“It’s sort of a painful place that we find him in,” Emmerich admits, speaking about his character’s journey so far in season 2. “He’s struggling.” After an affair with a Russian informant Nina Sergeevna (Annet Mahendru) in season one, Stan’s  personal and professional life are pretty close to collapsing.

I think on some level, Nina has reminded him of himself at an earlier stage in his career. I think that coming out of the three years undercover and relocating to Washington, D.C. and the new counterintelligence division, we find him in the beginning of season 1 somewhat post-traumatic-stress disordered out, somewhat in shock, somewhat estranged from his family and from himself. Clearly, his first engagement with Nina is to turn her into a source and a tool for his job, to unravel the Soviet mystery and get inside enemy lines. But I think that evolves rather quickly into empathy and compassion for her.”

After a brief congratulations on a third season, Emmerich didn’t confirm much for Stan: “I’m not sure where they are in the mapping, but I certainly don’t. I’m not sure if they know themselves, actually. I think it’s still yet to be determined. I’m hoping for a little more sunlight.”

Stan’s hole is pretty deep right now and Emmerich explains how he sees the character’s state.

“From some point of view, Nina is all he’s got right now. He lost his partner last season, he’s deeply estranged from his family, even his colleagues at work — his boss, Agent Gaad, has harbored some sort of ill will and resentment to the sort of the pickle that Stan has put the Bureau in with Vlad’s murder. So he’s evermore sort of alone and isolated and the only real tether that he has at this point, the only continual connection and through line he has, is via Nina.”

Check out the full interview over at Entertainment Weekly – here.

“The Americans” airs Wednesdays at 10 PM ET/PT on FX.

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