Published On: Thu, May 22nd, 2014

Keri Russell talks ‘The Americans’ season 2, sex scenes and ‘Felicity’

During a roundtable discussion with THR, star Keri Russell discussed The Americans, detailing her opposition to the sex scenes and what it’s like finding success after Felicity.

Keri Russell as Elizabeth with gun the Americans season 2 photo“I actually fought against that scene. I just didn’t know if that was the best emotional place for those characters,” Russell began with The Hollywood Reporter in the May 21 interview regarding the season 2 premiere scene.

“I wondered if there was a different physical act that could be happening other than that one. But they thought that it had to be something that the daughter was walking in on that was so much more graphic than just sex and then keep her from walking in again. It’s funny, though; sex has never been something I’ve done in my career — at all. But I don’t mind it on this show. It may be the nature of them being spies helps inform the characters. It’s not sexuality for sexuality’s sake.”

Russell was asked about the pressure that went with following the succes of Felicity.

“I just didn’t want to work anymore after that. I was just tired. I think for me, I was younger, and I didn’t like it enough. It felt life-arresting on many levels. I wasn’t experiencing life. I wanted to read books, travel, be a kid for a minute, so that’s what I did. I left L.A., which didn’t feel good to me anymore. I had this great apartment in New York, and I just took over a year off. I got to show up to birthday parties, go out dancing with girls and walk home in the snow. I have to fill myself up, and that’s not what my experience of network TV was. It was really hard to be that young.”

Check out the full discussion HERE

The Americans closes out season 2 and heads into their third season on FX. Keep up with the top The Americans stories on The Dispatch HERE

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