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Published On: Mon, May 12th, 2014

Alison Wright discusses ‘The Americans’ season 2, Martha and working with Matthew Rhys

The Cold War drama The Americans on FX has proved to be a smash hit and star Alison Wright spoke with Examiner about the show and her role as Martha.

The Americans season 2 banner“I remember I was at the theater and during an intermission I was checking messages. I got one from my manager who told me that he had a great audition opportunity, but I needed to have it turned around, taped and back in LA in ten hours. I finished watching the rest of the play, read the scenes on the drive home and we filmed it at ten o’clock the next morning. I had one more audition after that and then it was done,” she says of getting the role as Martha in the interview published Sunday.

Elizabeth (Keri Russell) and Philip Jennings (Matthew Rhys) are two Soviet KGB officers posing as a married American couple living in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. Martha is Rhys’ semi-clueless, yet confidential informant at the FBI, the article adequately summarizes.

“Martha’s changed quite a bit now that we’re coming to the end of season two. She’s a sweet lady who only wants to believe good things about people. Basically, she’s happily in love with this guy who unfortunately (just like the essence of the show) happens to be a KGB spy. But as far as she’s concerned, she has the perfect relationship.”

Wright jokes about her scenes with Rhys and what they have in common.

“Most of my scenes are with Matthew. It’s awesome and hilarious. He’s from Wales and I’m from England so we just constantly banter back and forth: stupid voices, stupid jokes. For us, it’s great!”

Check out the full interview HERE

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

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