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Hollywood actress Keri Russell became famous for her participation in the drama series “Felicity” about college life. Having played the main role, she was awarded the Golden Globe. Since then, many projects have been added to the filmography of the US native, but only a few of them have managed to stand out from the general background.
Childhood and youth
Keri Lynn Russell was born on March 23, 1976 in Fountain Valley, California. She spent her childhood surrounded by her older brother Todd and younger sister Julie.
The family had to move frequently due to the work of the breadwinner: David Russell was the executive director of Nissan Motors. His wife Stephanie (nee Stevens) and children lived in Coppell, Texas, Mesa (Arizona), and Highlands Ranch (Colorado). In the latter city, Keri received her basic education.
Since childhood, the actress has been distinguished by mobility and talent. In 1989 she was taken to the “Mickey Mouse Club”, with which many stars began: Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Ryan Gosling, Christina Aguilera , etc. Singing children were mainly included in the TV show. Russell sang not melodiously but danced very artistically, and they decided to make an exception for her.
At The Mickey Mouse Club, the Felicity star spent 3 seasons, from 1991 to 1994. It was thanks to this TV show that she was noticed by the director of the comedy “Darling, I enlarged the child” (1992). This was the beginning of Keri’s acting career.
On February 14, 2007, Keri Russell’s husband was Shane Diri, a businessman from New York, whom the actress met through mutual friends. Circumstances forced them to play a wedding because by that time the star of the series “Felicity” was wearing a child under her heart. The ceremony was very modest, only 10 people attended.
The couple had two children – baby River was born on June 9, 2007, and Willa Lou on December 27, 2011.
In mid-2013, Carey announced her breakup with Shane Diri. The reason for this decision was the difference in views. It seemed much easier to build a personal life with a colleague in the craft – also an actor. In the end, it happened.
The Hollywood actress met her next husband, Matthew Reese, back in the 2000s at a party with Jennifer Gray . For a long time they were only friends, and in 2013 they got the main roles in the series “Americans”. Non-stop communication with the same person involuntarily generates sympathy. In the case of Keri Russell and Matthew Reese, it turned into a romance, then into family life. At the end of May 2016, their son Sam was born.
The growth of the actress is 163 cm, weight is about 50 kg.
In her youth, Keri Russell agreed to any role, just to flicker on the screen. She starred in the TV series “Guy Knows the World”, “Daddy’s Daughters”, “Married … with Children”, “Malibu Coast”, in the television films “Clerks” (1995), “Seduction of the Nanny” (1996), “Lottery” ( 1996). But the characters, of course, were episodic. The US native gained real popularity after she won the lead role in the TV series “Felicity”.
The viewer meets Felicity Porter right after her high school graduation. She asks the guy who is hopelessly “drying up” to sign her yearbook. He expresses disappointment that they have not been able to communicate better. The girl refuses to enter Stanford University at the medical faculty and leaves for her lover in New York.
Epic student stories, Felicity Porter’s life in the hostel, her attempts to deal with her own life and suddenly wrapped up novels – the audience watched these for 4 seasons, from September 1998 to May 2002.
During the filming of season 2, Keri Russell almost lost the lead role because she cut off her luxurious curly hair under her bob. No joke, but it was the long hairstyle that was one of the defining characteristics of her character Felicity. As soon as the actress changed her style, the ratings of the series went down. After that, the WB Network TV channel introduced a ban on drastic changes in appearance for young actors.
After “Felicity” Keri expected a stir to her person but was deceived. Only in 2006, she got a more or less prominent role in the action movie “Mission Impossible – 3”. I had to be content with this project after the failure in the movie “Superman Returns”. She wanted to play Lois Lane, but in the end, Kate Bosworth took the place.
This was followed by films passing through for Russell (but not for the cinema in general): “August Rush” (2007), “Bedtime Stories” (2007), “Extremes” (2010), “Dark Skies” (2013).
Luck smiled at the actress again in 2013 when production of the series “Americans” began. She was entrusted with the lead role of Elizabeth Jennings, a Russian KGB spy who pretends to be American. The events take place at the height of the Cold War between the United States and the USSR – in the 1980s.
Keri Russell now
Despite her public life, Keri Russell is far from social media. She has no accounts on Instagram or Twitter, which would make it easier to get information about her life in the here and now. Only interviews and official news from movie sites help to learn about the creative achievements of the actress.
So, back in July 2018, Guillermo del Toro took up the filming of the sci-fi horror film “Antlers”. In the place of the main character, they saw, oddly enough, exclusively Keri. Later, Jesse Plemons , Graham Greene and others were added to the cast . The film tells about the teacher Julia Meadows, who is worried about her student: the boy secretly keeps a paranormal creature in the house.
The release of the horror “Deer Horns” is scheduled for February 2023. There was no premiere with Russell in 2023.
- 1992 – Honey, I enlarged the child
- 1993 – The Boy Knows the World
- 1996 – Malibu Coast
- 1998-2002 – Felicity
- 2006 – Mission Impossible 3
- 2007 – August Rush
- 2010-2011 – “The Taming of the Wild”
- 2013-2018 – The Americans
- 2014 – “Planet of the Apes: Revolution”
- 2016 – Free Jones State
- 2019 – Star Wars: Skywalker. Sunrise”
- 2023 – “Antlers”