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Matthew Rhys Admits He Gets 'Protective' During Keri Russell's Nude Scenes on 'The Americans'

by Jackie Willis 12:55 PM PDT, August 04, 2016
Playing Matthew Rhys Admits He Gets 'Protective' During Keri Russell's Nude Scenes on 'The Americans'

Matthew Rhys still isn't used to his girlfriend and co-star, Keri Russell, stripping down on set of The Americans.

The 41-year-old actor tells The Hollywood Reporter that he has a hard time watching when the mother of his newborn child has to film nude scenes. "I get a little protective," Rhys says. "I'm like, 'Can someone get her a f**king robe, please?!' She's standing there naked, we've cut for five seconds, Jesus Christ."

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He quips that the crew puts him in his place, adding, "And they're like, 'Dude, this is the fourth season.'"

Even Russell, 40, admits that she wasn't originally on board with the racy scenes. "No one wakes up on Tuesday morning at 6 a.m. and is [excited to be] like, 'Hey! Nice to meet ya! OK, here we go, whoooo!' with 50 of our friends watching," she jokes.

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The co-stars started dating in 2013, but Rhys confesses that he's yet to watch a full episode of Russell in Felicity, the series that helped put her on the map. "I mean, I've watched parts of it on YouTube," he says.

Rhys has, however, seen how excited Felicity fans get when they see Russell, and has been briefed on what a big deal it was when her character chopped off her hair in the second season. "There are still a lot of people going, 'Felicity! Felicity!' What it has given to me is a realization of how much of a rite of passage, seminal piece of work it was in the U.S. It affected a lot of people," he notes to Russell. "A lot of young men come up to you and go, 'Oh, I used to watch Felicity.'"

The couple has lots to celebrate this year. In addition to both earning first-time Emmy nominations for their roles in The Americans, they also welcomed a baby boy, Sam, in May. This is the first child for Rhys, while Russell already has two children, 9-year-old son River and 4-year-old daughter Willa, with her ex-husband, Shane Deary.

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