Matthew Rhys reflects on six seasons of “The Americans” following Wednesday night’s series finale. (Warning: Spoilers Ahead)
The actor talked with Esquire shortly after the show’s conclusion about working with his real-life partner Keri Russell and his take on how the writers wrapped up the series.
Rhys, 43, said working with his wife was incredibly challenging at no fault of Russell. “My acting was worse. I was trying to impress her so much I wasn’t doing anything,” he said. “That’s why we didn’t get nominated for Emmys in seasons 1, 2 or 3,” he teased. “Damn you, Keri Russell.”
Their relationship was not public knowledge when “The Americans” premiered, but things got a lot easier once they disclosed the truth. “We could go on this great adventure together. Listen, I’m a Welshman, so how vulnerable will I ever be is questionable,” he said of his performance. “I was raised on a damn island. But yes, I did become better at becoming vulnerable.”
Rhys, like everyone else, had his thoughts on the series finale. And the actor would not describe the ending of “The Americans” as a happy one.
“I don’t think anyone who’s had children and had to leave them in that way could live happily ever after,” he explained. “And, I think the food in Moscow would be s**t.”