The Felicity alum and the Welsh actor played undercover Russian spies Elizabeth and Philip Jennings on the FX drama, which aired from 2013 to 2018. When Russell landed the function, she was married to Shane Deary, a contractor whom she wed in February 2007. The former couple, who share son River (born in June 2007) and daughter Willa (born in December 2011), referred to as it quits in early 2013.
After her break up from Deary, the Antlers actress began quietly dating Rhys, however the duo initially tried to maintain their budding romance below wraps. While the twosome managed to cover their relationship for some time, certainly one of their Americans administrators eventually caught on to their chemistry.
“We needed to do a really specific scene collectively that he needed to direct, and he was speaking to the script supervisor. And he was like, ‘Well, this might be kind of awkward,’” Russell said during a 2018 episode of Off Camera With Sam Jones. “We kind of did it and just did it right away. And [the director] told the script supervisor, ‘These two have definitely f–ked.’ He’s like, ‘They’re manner too comfy collectively.’”
In May 2016, the pair welcomed Sam, their first son collectively. “What’s frightening is sometimes they repeat exactly what you’ve just said or done. You go, ‘Ahh! Don’t copy me!’” Rhys exclusively told Us Weekly in May 2018, referring to the then-toddler’s behavior of mimicking his dad. “I heard this kind of echoing parrot in the corner. I was like, ‘Ah! I said ‘duck,’ you little turd.’”
That similar month, the Post star joked that he and his longtime companion have been spending a lot of their time targeted on the hours between 4:30 p.m. and bedtime. “You evaluate the success of the entire day on those hours,” he advised Esquire in May 2018. “And if you get all three fed, vegetables eaten, someone’s asked me a question at dinner, bath, Harry Potter’s read, they’re in bed, and all three haven’t cried, it’s an enormous success.”
Russell and Rhys haven’t had the possibility to work collectively once more since The Americans‘ series finale aired in 2018, but the Perry Mason star said he “loved” working with his girlfriend on the show. “For many, many different reasons,” he gushed to Us in May 2018. “So, that lot I’ll miss enormously.”
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