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The Fretts on Film Interview: Keri Russell and Margo Martindale

January 28, 2013

The red carpet took on a whole new meaning at this weekend’s premiere of FX’s new Soviet-era thriller The Americans (debuting Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 10 pm), which stars Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys as sleeper agents living as a married couple with kids in the D.C. suburbs in the early ’80s. My intrepid TV Guide Magazine assistant Elizabeth Wagmeister spoke with Russell about Austenland, an upcoming rom-com that generated a lot of buzz at last week’s Sundance Film Festival. She also talked with Justified Emmy winner Margo Martindale, who’ll play Russell and Rhys’ handler starting in Episode 3 of The Americans and just finished shooting the big-screen adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play August: Osage County.

“It’s so fun and poppy,” says Russell of Austenland. “I love [Napoleon Dynamite and Nacho Libre screenwriter] Jerusha Hess, who directed it. I’m basically a lonely-heart girl, stuck in her life and a little obsessed with Jane Austen. She spends all of her money to go to this resort—it’s like a Jane Austen resort where people are paid to romance you and act like Mr. Darcy. It’s so great. And she finds romance, perhaps.” The cast includes Jennifer Coolidge, Jane Seymour and a life-size cutout of Colin Firth (as Mr. Darcy in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice).

FX+Americans+Season+One+New+York+Premiere+kyvT73Kf3k8sDirector John Wells brought together an even more impressive ensemble for Tracy Letts’ dysfunctional-family tragicomedy August: Osage County (due later this year): In addition to Martindale, there’s Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Chris Cooper, Benedict Cumberbatch, Abigail Breslin, Juliette Lewis, Sam Shepard, Dermot Mulroney, Julianne Nicholson and—oh yeah—Meryl Streep. “This is my fourth time working with Meryl, so it’s pretty good,” says Martindale, who previously costarred with Streep in Marvin’s RoomFirst Do No Harm and The Hours. “We play sisters, so we’re really very close and protective of each other—on and off screen.”

Are you planning to visit Austenland or Osage County? Post a comment!

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