27 Things You Might Not Know About "The Americans"
"Pretty much like reality, but of course without the murders and the wigs." (Warning: spoilers through Season 4!)
The show is based on a real-life illegal spy program.
There were actual marriages like the one between Martha and "Clark."
The C.I.A. has to approve all the scripts.
Real-life spying is way more boring than it looks on the show.
One of the Russian ex-spy couples who inspired the show agree it nails the emotional elements of deep-cover espionage.
Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys, who play married KGB officers Elizabeth and Philip Jennings, are a couple offscreen too.
Russell's pregnancy required some creative props while shooting Season 4.
Russell loves subverting gender stereotypes as the icy, die-hard Soviet patriot formerly known as Nadezhda.
Matthew Rhys is a Welshman playing a Russian pretending to be an American, and his real accent is charming AF.
Welsh was his first language.
Alison Wright, who plays (poor!) Martha, is also doing an American accent — she's from the north of England.
And we ~might~ get to see Martha again in Season 5.
All the Russian characters are played by Russian-speaking actors.
The Russian dialogue is written first in English and then translated.
The showrunners actually have no idea what the actors are saying during the Russian scenes.
Annet Mahendru, who played Nina, speaks six languages.
Nina was originally supposed to have just a two-episode arc.
Maximiliano Hernández, who played FBI agent Chris Amador, knew his character was going to be killed several episodes before it happened.
The disguises used on the show have names and backstories of their own.
Some of the props play multiple roles.
There's a Felicity wig on set, though it hasn't gotten any screen time yet.
Holly Taylor and Keidrich Sellati, the teen actors who play the Jennings kids, just wanna do some spying already.
Martindale and Tony Award winner Frank Langella (Gabriel) will be back as the Jennings' KGB handlers in Season 5.
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