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Keri Russell plays KGB spy in 'The Americans' - watch clips (Video)

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01/29/2013 by Corinne Heller

Keri Russell, formerly of "Felicity," returns to television full time as "a daughter of the KGB" in the FX spy series "The Americans."

The actress is aware that the show, which features violent action scenes, brings to mind an Emmy and Golden Globe-winning show of the same genre -- Showtime's "Homeland," which recently won its second Golden Globe for Best Drama. However, the new drama, the actress told the New York Times in a January 24 interview, is "so different."

"The Americans" premieres on January 30. Russell and Matthew Rhys play a married couple and parents of two, who live in Washington D.C. in the1980s during the Cold War. They are actually Soviet KGB officers who have been deployed to impersonate American citizens.

"My character is an absolutete daughter of the KGB," Russell said in an interview provided by FX. "She just really loves her country."

"Homeland" focuses on a CIA agent's attempt to stop an Islamic terrorist's attack plans and her relationship with a U.S. Marine who was captured and brainwashed by him.

"It's inevitable that people will have a snap reaction to it," Rhys, a 38-year-old Welsh actor, told the New York Times about "The Americans." "To be perfectly honest I hope they don't, because it's such a different show."

Russell, a mother of two, rose to fame playing the title character in the college-themed drama series "Felicity," which aired between 1998 and 2002 was co-created by J.J. Abrams. In 2010, the actress starred in the short-lived series "Running Wilde."

Abrams, who was recently tapped to helm Disney's new "Star Wars" film series, directed Russell in another espionage-themed project -- the 2006 film "Mission Impossible III." The film starred Tom Cruise and Maggie Q, who also plays a spy on TV - the title character of the CW's "Nikita."

Rhys became famous in the United States in 2006, when he began starring on the ABC series "Brothers & Sisters," which aired until 2011.

Watch clips from "The Americans" below.

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